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Full Stack Developers Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski dive deep into web development topics, explaining how they work and talking about their own experiences. They cover from JavaScript frameworks like React, to the latest advancements in CSS to simplifying web tooling.

Syntax - Tasty Web Development Treats Wes Bos & Scott Tolinski - Full Stack JavaScript Web Developers

    • Technology
    • 4.9, 720 Ratings

Full Stack Developers Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski dive deep into web development topics, explaining how they work and talking about their own experiences. They cover from JavaScript frameworks like React, to the latest advancements in CSS to simplifying web tooling.

    Hasty Treat - Upgrading Next.js Syntax Site

    Hasty Treat - Upgrading Next.js Syntax Site

    In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes talk about their experience upgrading Syntax.fm and some of the site’s big changes.
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    Show Notes 02:26 - The old Syntax site
    Next.js Custom server for API - shows, Latest shows, sick picks On-demand page builds Custom routing 06:41 - The new Syntax site
    Next.js has solved those things now, no need for a custom server. API Routes On-demand page builds: SSG with Next.js. It’s a server, but caches the page builds. Releasing the shows happens with revalidation. It’s statically generated like Gatsby, but you can also choose Custom routing is now done with [pages] Very fast to load Very fast to build Very fast to deploy It’s now a “dynamic static site” Zeit Now 1 to “Vercel” Huge thanks to Tim Neutkens and Luis Alvarez from Vercel for making it happen. 13:23 - Why not:
    Gatsby Entire site would need to be regenerated exactly at 9am eastern API of the site would need to be done with something else like Netlify Functions - not nearly as nice as Next API routes Sapper Links Next.js Gatsby Sapper Vercel Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets

    • 17 min
    Meteor's 2nd Life

    Meteor's 2nd Life

    In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes talk with Filipe Névola about Meteor and the exciting things happening in the Meteor world!
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    Guests Filipe Névola @filipenevola Show Notes 01:20 - What is your background?
    03:41 - What exactly is Meteor?
    12:00 - What are the biggest misconceptions of modern meteor?
    18:20 - What do you say to people who think Meteor is dead?
    21:33 - How does data get from your Meteor into your React app?
    Example of getting data on client side import { useTracker } from 'meteor/react-meteor-data' // Hook, basic use, everything in one component const MyProtectedPage = (pageId) => { const { user, isLoggedIn, page } = useTracker(() => { // The publication must also be secure const subscription = Meteor.subscribe('page', pageId) const page = Pages.findOne({ _id: pageId }) const user = Meteor.user() const userId = Meteor.userId() const isLoggingIn = Meteor.loggingIn() return { page, isLoading: !subscription.ready(), user, userId, isLoggingIn, isLoggedIn: !!userId } }, [pageId]) if (!isLoggedIn) { return Create an Account Log in
    } return {page.title} {page.content}
    { e.preventDefault(); Meteor.logout(); }}>Log out ({user.username})
    } 27:50 - What do you think is the ideal usecase for Meteor?
    31:09 - Why did Meteor 1.0 fail to maintain hype?
    36:41 - What does Meteor’s future look like?
    45:27 - Are there any plans to integrate serverless into Meteor?
    46:55 - Any little known features of Meteor that people might be interested in?
    Links Meteor Tiny Capital Deno Meteor Galaxy Mongoose Parcel Apollo MongoDB Svelte Meteor repo Meteor Up https://howtocreateanapp.dev/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8A0hHUaCBvuBs0eA5g_q3A Cordova Missive Meteor Forums ××× SIIIIICK ××× PIIIICKS ××× Filipe: 1: Galaxy 2: Terere Scott: Amplifi Alien Router Wes: Parcel - Global Package Tracking Shameless Plugs Filipe: @filipenevola Scott: All Courses - Sign up for the year and save 25%! Wes: All Courses - Use the coupon code ‘Syntax’ for $10 off! Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Hasty Treat - Target=_blank security issue? What's the deal with noopener and noreferrer?

    Hasty Treat - Target=_blank security issue? What's the deal with noopener and noreferrer?

    In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes talk about noopener and noreferrer and why you should use them with links that have blank targets.
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    Show Notes 03:35 - What’s the big deal?
    If you have a link that is target="_blank" you should add rel=“noopener” and rel=“noreferrer” Retail Me Not uses it Valid use cases: Same domain change the page from a popup Cross domain changing page data Example: https://mathiasbynens.github.io/rel-noopener/ 05:39 - Why doesn’t the browser just fix it?
    Safari did - You can use rel=“opener” to allow it Firefox did Chrome hasn’t yet https://twitter.com/HugoGiraudel/status/801475801397030912 10:48 - Does this hurt SEO?
    It breaks analytics of the recipient site, turning a referral visit from your site into direct traffic, unless the link has UTM or similar tracking parameters. If you have a site where passing traffic offsite is part of the business model, links need an affiliate id instead. Links @argyleink Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets

    • 14 min
    Potluck - Beating Procrastination × Rollup vs Webpack × Leadership × Code Planning × Styled Components × More!

    Potluck - Beating Procrastination × Rollup vs Webpack × Leadership × Code Planning × Styled Components × More!

    It’s another potluck! In this episode, Scott and Wes answer your questions about transitioning to backend dev, tips for beating procrastination, Rollup vs Webpack, code planning, growing as a leader and more!
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    Show Notes 02:33 - I am a junior dev, coming up on two years at my current agency. I have been primarily on the frontend using Angular and templating with Handlebars and other HTML and CSS. I have been asked if I would be interested in moving more into backend, with a focus on Node.js. Outside of creating APIs, what else should I do to learn “backend”?
    06:08 - I work as a web master and would like to be a frontend developer someday. Currently I am working on a MERN stack app on my own to enhance my skills, but have problems focusing and tend to procrastinate a lot. How do you tackle distractions and get things done? I would appreciate some tips.
    11:00 - Rollup or Webpack? Webpack 5 still doesn’t seem to support ES6 module output, as described by Philip Walton, so instead of upgrading to Webpack 5, this might be a good time to think about switching to Rollup (or Parcel).
    13:46 - I have been learning web development (HTML, CSS and JS) and am at a place where I can build simple websites for small businesses, but I feel like a beginner and am wondering if you have any recommendations on courses to get to a more intermediate/advanced level?
    18:01 - Why should you choose Styled Components over other ways of writing CSS?
    22:56 - What are your thoughts on companies that make senior developer roles require leadership responsibilities? A great technical person does not always make a great leader or visa versa.
    26:36 - I am often not good at planning out code from the start. I find that it’s easier to start coding, write a few lines, run it to see where I’m at, and carry on. This technique doesn’t work when I need to wait for a deploy to finish before I can view the result, as it greatly increases dev time. Do you have any advice for what I can do better?
    31:43 - I have a very random question. for context I’m a Mac and Linux user myself. However, recently while building our company application I’ve noticed that Windows does extremely weird things with font sizes. Since we have a pretty decent Windows user base, obviously this is something my partner and I want to solve. However I’m very unsure of the best way to handle it. It seems entirely different from user to user. How in the world do we as developers account for these inconsistencies? We have tried vertical media queries that more or less kick them to tablet mode. Obviously this is less than optimal.
    37:50 - Are side projects common among developers? I recently mentioned to my boss that I have a few side projects - nothing serious, just for learning mostly - and he said he would rather I didn’t, and instead focus on my work. He said he hadn’t really heard of developers doing side projects, and that if I want to work on things that aren’t our work he has other things I can do.
    Links inputmag.com Focus app TSdx Rollup Webapck Parcel Beginner Javascript Typescript Darknet Diaries ××× SIIIIICK ××× PIIIICKS ××× Scott: Malicious

    • 50 min
    Hasty Treat - Turbolinks + Server Generated HTML + JS Sprinkles

    Hasty Treat - Turbolinks + Server Generated HTML + JS Sprinkles

    In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes talk about turbolinks — what it is, how to use is, popular apps using is, and more!
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    Show Notes 02:50 - What is turbolinks?
    Generate HTML on the server Send it over the ajax request Load it in the page 03:55 - Who is using Turbolinks?
    GitHub Basecamp Hey.com 05:24 - Turbo Links javascript browser bundle
    Intercepts any link click Fetches the page HTML 09:19 - JS Sprinkles
    Vanilla JS jQuery Stimulus Alpine JS Links Turbolinks Syntax 254: Headless CMS Break Down & Roundup pjax Svelte Next.js Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets

    • 15 min
    Video for the Web 2020 and Beyond

    Video for the Web 2020 and Beyond

    In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes talk about the future of video for the web!
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    Show Notes 08:19 - Scott’s Background in video
    Started editing in middle school Worked professionally as an editor and production assistant for magazine Created specialty flash video players Have been hosting video content since the start of my web career 09:12 - Terminology
    Transcoding - digital to digital conversion of one format to another Ingest - bringing a video to a new facility (ie uploaded video file or data stream to server) 10:51 - Streaming vs Downloading
    Streaming is basically chunks of content at a time, while download is waiting for the entire file to be downloaded before playing. 11:16 - Formats
    MP4 WebM DASH HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) m3u8 21:35 - Players
    shaka-player - https://github.com/google/shaka-player/ hls.js - https://hls-js.netlify.app/demo/ dash.js - https://github.com/Dash-Industry-Forum/dash.js video.js - https://videojs.com/ jw player - https://www.jwplayer.com/ Bit Movin player - https://bitmovin.com/docs/player Ooyala Brightcove - https://www.brightcove.com/en/ 27:48 - Services Roundup 🐴
    YouTube - free Vimeo - $ MUX - $$ Wistia -  Cloudflare - $$ JW Player - $ Cloudinary - $$$ Brightcove - $$$ Azure - $$ Bit Movin - $$ AWS - $$ 46:59 - What Scott did and how/why
    upchunk Mux Video.js Custom uploader Using polling Links Basecamp Hey Inbox YouTube Wistia Drip ConvertKit Vimeo https://fronteers.nl/congres/2015/sessions/jsmpeg-by-dominic-szablewski https://www.vidbeo.com/blog/hls-vs-dash HLS Can I Use youtube-dl Syntax Ep 254: Headless CMS Break Down & Roundup Cloudflare Mux Framer Motion Cloudinary upchunk ××× SIIIIICK ××× PIIIICKS ××× Scott: Flexibility Focus Podcast Wes: Mustie1 YouTube Channel Shameless Plugs Scott: CSS Variables Course - Sign up for the year and save 25%! Wes: All Courses - Use the coupon code ‘Syntax’ for $10 off! Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
720 Ratings

720 Ratings

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Great Content, Always Entertaining

Scott and Wes are great hosts and are very knowledgeable. Always a great listen.

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I like this show

This podcast was recommended during a boot camp. I have branched out to other coding podcasts but syntax is the one coding podcast I listen to continuously.

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Da Best

This is my favorite podcast! Scott and Wes are so upbeat and fun to listen to. I think they have a good mix of topics, from harder technical material (which they do a good job of explaining) to the “soft skills” that all developers need to have. Thanks boys!

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