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How to JavaScript in 2018

Last updated 2 years ago by Tara Z. Manicsic


From command-line tools and webpack to TypeScript, Flow and beyond, let's talk about how to use JavaScript in 2018.

Last year many people, including myself, were talking about JavaScript fatigue. No, the ways to write a JavaScript application have not really slimmed down, BUT with a lot of command-line tools doing much of the heavy lifting, transpiling becoming less crucial and TypeScript trying to minimize type errors, we can relax a little.

Note: This blog post is part of our whitepaper, "The Future of JavaScript: 2018 and Beyond", which offers our future-looking analysis and predictions about the latest in JavaScript.

Command-line Tools

Most libraries and frameworks have a command-line tool that, with one command, will spin up skeleton projects for us to quickly create whatever our little hearts desire. This will often include a start script (sometimes with an auto re-loader), build scripts, testing structures and more. These tools are relieving us of a lot of redundant file making when we create new projects. Let's look at few more things some command line tools are taking off our plates.

Webpack Configurations

Configuring your webpack build process and really understanding what you were doing, was probably one of the more daunting learning curves of 2017. Thankfully, they had one of their core contributors, Sean Larkin, running around the world supplying us with great talks and really fun and helpful tutorials.

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