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JS Party JS Party #100

11 awesome lightning chats ⚡️

What you’re about to hear is a series of lightning chats recorded live from All Things Open 2019. How’s this for topic diversity? 👇

A/B testing, finding your tribe, dancing, TikTok, what is happening with front-ends becoming full-stacks, Code the Dream, OSI approved licenses, breaking in to tech, a11y, hiring juniors, whiteboard interviews, better interview practices, JPGs, coding bootcamps, tech re-entry programs, and more.

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Speak. Write. Listen.

JS Party co-host KBall just launched a new site:

Improve your career, your relationships, and your self-confidence by becoming a better communicator.

I’ve known Kevin for awhile now and I can assure you, the dude is an excellent communicator. This, from his newsletter, resonates 100% with me:

If there’s one thing that I can point to that has contributed most to my career success, it’s been my relentless focus on improving my abilities to speak in public, write coherently, and listen carefully.

We nerded out on this stuff back on JS Party #93. I heartily suggest listening to that if you haven’t yet.

JS Party JS Party #87

Websites should work without JS. Yep? Nope?

We’re trying a brand new segment called YepNope, wherein your intrepid panelists engage in a lively debate around a premise. In this debate, Feross and KBall argue that websites should work without requiring JS and Divya and Chris say, “Nah!”

Please let us know if you like this style episode! We had fun recording it, but that doesn’t matter much if y’all don’t enjoy listening to it.

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Let’s talk testing: 4 quick lessons on the philosophy of testing

Inspired by JSParty #70, 4 quick lessons on the philosophy of testing. The motivation?

Tools like Mocha, Jasmine and Jest have made writing tests far easier… But there’s still a gap. It’s extremely hard to find information on the philosophy of testing. What to test and why. How much is enough? What type of tests should I be writing, and when does it fit into my process?

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Top 5 skills to learn as a junior JavaScript developer

Inspired by JSParty #77, a breakdown of 5 of the top skills for junior JavaScript developers to learn.

My personal favorite point is this one on the importance of looking for bigger picture patterns:

One of the great things about front-end development in 2019 is that despite the abundance of frameworks, we’ve also started to see some big megatrends that are true across frameworks. This is good news for developers because it means that as you go deep in one framework you can still pick up skills that will translate to others if need be.

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