๐Ÿ’ญ 5 Things I Wish I'd Known as a Junior Developer

As a junior developer, I was often fraught with insecurity and imposter syndrome with regards to my technical ability, and actually postponed the beginning of my career by at least a year due to these feelings. Over the years these feelings have diminished somewhat, although not completely. Whilst not all of these points are related to confidence, if I had a time machine, Iโ€™d go back in time and tell myself these things.

๐Ÿš€ Shiny New Apollo 2.1 API and apollo-link-state

In this article we’re going to learn how to write a modern GraphQL app that utilises some of the awesome new APIs recently announced by the Apollo team. Rather than starting from scratch, we’re going to build upon and refactor our counter app example from our previous exploration of apollo-link-state. To remind yourself of where we got to last time, have a play with this Snack. Query Components Query components are one of the brand-spanking-new features of Apollo 2.

๐Ÿ”— Managing Local State With apollo-link-state and React Native

In this article we’re going to build a simple counter app to learn the basics of apollo-link-state and how we might use it to manage the local state of our apps. GraphQL is a fantastic and modern approach for dealing with data in your apps. Before you continue, it’s worth making sure you have a basic competency with GraphQL, Apollo and also React Native. What is apollo-link-state? apollo-link-state is a middleware for the Apollo stack that allows us harness the power of GraphQL to manage our local app state.

โœ… Verifying Your Github Commits

In this day and age computer security has never been more important. Open source software powers much of the world’s computing infrastructure and as such, we are dependent on the integrity of this software from a security point of view. Code is merged into open source repositories in a structural and intentional manner. However, it’s theoretically possible for a user to masquerade as another simply by changing their Git username and name.

๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Prefetching Images in React Native

It’s a common scenario to display images that are hosted on a remote server. There’s great built-in support for this with React Native. However, if you start loading the image at the instant you need to display it to the user, you may end up displaying some loading progress or perhaps the user won’t even stick around long enough to see the image. While working on an optimisation task, I came across some interesting methods for accessing the native image cache.

๐Ÿ” react-native-spotlight-search 1.0.0

It’d been quite a while since I last worked on my React Native plugin for indexing your app’s content. During this time, react-native-spotlight-search had become quite out of date and no longer worked with modern versions of React Native. So, thanks to some help from fellow contributors I’ve recently published a new version that addresses all of these issues and generally tidies things up ๐ŸŽ‰ What’s New Support for modern React Native versions Fix deprecation warnings Rebuilt the example project to use RN 0.

๐Ÿ Move Quickly With Your App By Adopting Featureย Flags

Iโ€™ve recently been involved with a mobile app project that required frequent public releases from a master branch that contained a mixture of complete, stable features and other features that are still under heavy development. The latter features are in no shape to be shipped to the publicโ€Šโ€”โ€Šso how do you keep these out of the public release but readily accessible for development? One potential solution, and one that my younger naive self might have attempted, would be to maintain a feature branch for each feature that was in active development, with a view to keeping these branches un-merged until the entire feature is complete and ready to use.

๐Ÿ” react-native-spotlight-search 0.2.0

I recently published a new version of react-native-spotlight-search. Check out the changes below: What’s New Support for the ‘keywords’ property. This allows you to improve the likelihood of your content being found by adding related keywords to the index. These keywords are not displayed to the user. Please file any bugs or feature requests over on GitHub.

๐Ÿ” Indexing Your Content With React Native and Spotlight Search

I wanted to improve the functionality of an app that I’m developing by allowing its content to be indexed so that it appears in the Spotlight search on iOS. The app is developed using React Native. Although there is an extremely healthy community of third-party packages for React Native, I couldn’t find one that provided the functionality I was after.

To help plug this gap in the ecosystem, I’m happy to announce that I’ve developed a new npm module for React Native that does just that: react-native-spotlight-search.