Building Battle-tested Front End Software
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Building Battle-tested Front End Software

The art and science of building performant and robust JavaScript applications

About the Book

The audience of this book are software developers with experience of front end development who want to learn how to overcome the challenges of working on large JavaScript projects. If you’ve learned the fundamentals of JavaScript and perhaps built some Angular or React applications, and are now looking to get heavily involved in something bigger – one of those “career defining” challenges – then this book is for you. I will distill what I’ve learned as a front end developer in senior and lead positions into generally applicable knowledge that will help you to build large, stable and performant front end applications.

About the Author

David Clayton
Dave Clayton

I am a senior web and mobile developer with extensive, diverse industry experience.

Passionate and driven, I have worked for companies around the world, from multinationals to Silicon Valley startups. I care deeply about building top class software for humans.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Who am I?
    • Who am I writing this for?
    • About the book
    • Contact me
  • Technology
    • Advice on choosing technology
    • Choosing a framework
    • Technology mixes and hybrid approaches
    • Choosing a language and module system
    • Choosing build tools
    • Summary
  • Developing robust software
    • Defect mitigation
    • Error handling
    • setTimeout
    • Job queues
    • Query retrying
    • Caching
    • Tracing and logging
    • Summary
  • Testing
    • Approach
    • Automated testing philosophies
    • Automated testing categories
    • The test pyramid
    • Continuous integration
    • Summary
  • Architecture
    • State
    • Programming paradigms
    • Object oriented design
    • Defensive coding
    • Patterns and principles
    • The effect of tooling
    • Summary
  • Asynchronous Programming
    • The past: callbacks
    • The present: promises
    • The future: async/await
    • Summary
  • Performance
    • JavaScript performance
    • CSS performance
    • Summary
  • Memory
    • Modern Garbage Collectors
    • Memory leaks
    • Fixing memory leaks
    • Summary
  • The future of JavaScript
    • ECMAScript 6
    • Arrow functions
    • Classes
    • Modules and Module Loaders
    • Promises
    • Iterators and For..Of
    • Generators
    • Let and Const
    • Map, Set, WeakMap and WeakSet
    • Proxies
    • Summary
  • Conclusions
  • Recommended reading
    • Books and papers
    • Online courses and talks
    • People on Twitter
    • Online blogs and websites
    • Source code
  • References

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