Coasting, Curiosity, Diversification and Being Awesome

There are two twin evils that I see in the programming community.  The first is the programmer who knows what he knows and has no desire to learn more.  I call these, “coasters”.  And then there are the programmers who are so curious that they try to learn every new thing that comes along, with no focus.  The interesting thing is, both of these types of people end up at the same place. Out of work.  The cure for both is the same.  Being Awesome.

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3 JavaScript Fallacies You Might Believe

You know, you think the whole world knows something is true until you hear someone people respect say something really dumb.  The three JavaScript fallacies I have here are actual statements I’ve heard over the last week during a discussion about Angular2 and Rect.  What makes these fallacies particularly interesting is that they sound plausible.  In fact, there are time when they are even true.  But in the larger context of a JavaScript application they are nearly always false.

So, here are 3 JavaScript Fallacies you may still believe that you may want to reevaluate.

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Accessing Private Fields in TypeScript

Have you ever needed to access a private field in TypeScript?  The most common place you may find yourself needing to do this is while writing a unit test.  But, I also found myself needing to do this while using a JavaScript library where the field wasn’t declared in the type file for the library I was using.

Now, suppose you could access those private fields effortlessly and easily.  How valuable would that be to you?

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JavaScript Fatigue Makes Me Scream

Maybe JavaScript Fatigue makes you scream too.

Are you annoyed with the constantly changing JavaScript environment?  Do you wish things could just settle down for a bit?  Have you decided that you won’t learn anything new because there will just be something new to learn tomorrow?

Welcome to JavaScript Fatigue.

But frankly, unlike many people who talk about JavaScript Fatigue, I see JavaScript Fatigue and the much broader subject of language fatigue as a symptom of a much larger problem that has less to do with JavaScript and more to do with human psychology and the state of the programming community at large.

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