Saturday, June 27, 2015

SurviveJS - Webpack and React - Ebook Available

Just a quick heads up. The Webpack/React book I've been working on for a while is available now. Check out survivejs.com for more information and free online version. I hope you find the book useful.

So far it has been an interesting experience and some people have actually bought the book. I can only hope it's providing enough value to warrant that. Now the plan is to see how sales go and perhaps do some careful PR moves. This will determine how I will progress with possible further development.

I wouldn't mind continuing this sort of work as it has provided a refreshing break from the daily grind. But there are certain financial realities to keep in mind. Anyway, we'll know more in a few weeks I think.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Antwar 0.5.0 - Taking Static Site Generation to the Next Level

As you might remember based on my earlier posts I'm currently working on a book about Webpack and React. Knowing me you understand I like to do things the hard way. In this case it meant writing a static site generator for developing a site for said book.

Given the generator, Antwar, has been developed using these technologies it has been time well spent. The project just reached a major milestone, 0.5.0. It's halfway there so to speak. It's already showing signs of usefulness and it can only get better.

You should check out my post about the release and our plans for the tool. My next personal goal is to adapt the tool to allow me to develop nice looking sites for various projects of mine. Eventually I should get this blog over there.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

SurviveJS - Site is Up!

I've been developing a static site generator known as Antwar for a while with Andreas Eldh. The project is based on Webpack and React. Two of my favorite technologies. We started from pioneering efforts of Brad Denver and have progressed quite far from that.

As I needed site for my upcoming book and I have to build some momentum behind the release, I decided to build a little site around the content. This was the perfect excuse to push Antwar further. The current development version is more than just a blogging engine. Now it supports multiple sections and uses versatile data mapping (ie. for book content). We'll fold the functionality I developed for the site in the next major release.

To see what can be achieved using the technology, check out survivejs.com. I know there are a lot of smaller issues to fix but sometimes you just have to get something out. Perfection can be attained later. I hope you enjoy the online version of the book. There are some interesting times ahead.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

SurviveJS - Webpack and React - Featured at Leanpub

I've made some solid progress since my previous post about my upcoming the Webpack and React book. Even though I haven't started promoting it yet Leanpub decided to feature it! So if you head there now, you'll see something familiar at their front page. If you haven't picked a copy yet and want to support the project, this is a good chance to pick up a copy at a reduced price.

Despite initial rejection by publisher perhaps going forward with this little project wasn't that bad an idea after all. I've received a lot of positive feedback and it feels there's some serious momentum behind the project. The book is literally being drawn out of me. It has been very encouraging to get direct feedback from readers! I hope to keep it up and get the best book I can out there.

To keep the scope manageable I decided to split the content into "core" and "extra" chapters. The initial version will contain core chapters. The completion of extra chapters depends on whether it will make sense financially. You can get a better idea of the plan by checking out my progress tables.

If the book sells and there's demand, I have no problem turning this into something serious! I have a feeling a lot of good could come out of that. So far working on the book has been a fun experience. I might do a few things differently now but you live and learn.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Linkdump 25 - Personal Development, Software Development, Gaming, Hardware...

It's time to break your browser again. If this isn't enough, remember to check out the previous linkdump.

Business


Personal Development


Software Development


Tools


Opinions


Techniques


Testing


Software Design


Web Development


Tools


Libraries


CSS


React.js


Webpack


UX


UI


Conversion Optimization


Gaming


Demoscene


Hardware


Software


Food


Art

Friday, April 17, 2015

SurviveJS - Webpack and React - Sneak Peek

I've been working for a while on a book about Webpack and React. They are interesting up and coming technologies that work well together. In the book I develop a little Kanban application. In the process you'll learn about the technology and see how to apply it in practice.

If you are interested in frontend development, check out the online version. The project source is also available. I hope you check it out and spread the word!

The book is still work in progress. This is a good chance to help me develop the content further and I welcome feedback. Minimal financial support wouldn't hurt either.

Enjoy the book!