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Three Javascript Language Proposals to Keep an Eye On

We all love Javascript [citation needed], but if you use it a lot you’ve probably run up on small areas where the standard library doesn’t quite cut it. Maybe you’re looking through documentation for an Array#random method (we don’t have it), or trying to find how to compare two dates in two different timezones (hope you’re using moment!) or learning there’s no builtin function to reverse a string (hint: make it an array first).

If you find yourself frustrated by all the little idiosyncrasies, it might be good to know that the kind folks that make our language spec are looking out for us. Here’s three upcoming language proposals to keep an eye on if you’re looking for small quality-of-life improvements.

Google Material Design + Sketch: a UX love story

A UX designer's take on installing and using Google Material Design with Sketch.

Unit Testing React Applications (Without Tearing Your Hair Out)

If you work on a lot of react projects, you’ve probably seen some interesting unit test suites. After all, there’s lots of schools of thought around how to properly test react applications, right? Some folks will sinon.spy() everything and play with the require lookup. Others might connect all their components to redux or graphql, and in so doing ensure that they can only test their components in the context of that state management.

Parsing logs 230x faster with Rust

Perhaps surprisingly, one of the most challenging things about operating is the logs. Unlike most Rails applications, RubyGems sees between 4,000 and 25,000 requests per second, all day long, every single day. As you can probably imagine, this creates… a lot of logs. A single day of request logs is usually around 500 gigabytes on disk. We’ve tried some hosted logging products, but at our volume they can typically only offer us a retention measured in hours.

On Being Supportive

This post came out of a tiny expression of gratitude.