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Top picks — 2019 July

How do JavaScript’s global variables really work? #

Dr. Axel Rauschmayer explains how global variables really work. I learned a ton from this short article despite the fact that I work with JavaScript on daily basis for few years. As always very concise top explanation.

Netlify Analytics - Accurate insights without performance impacts #

There is no chance that I will ever ask my users to download expensive client-side scripts in order to give me some very inaccurate insights about my traffic. My beloved hosting company Netlify just announced something that caught my interest though — Netlify Analytics. It is privacy-sensitive, with no performance penalty, doesn’t require configuration, server-side tool to monitor trends in page-views, visitors, sources and more. All this available for $9 per site per month. Maybe it is not the cheapest solution but definitely the one closest to my requirements. I will be more than happy to openly share some numbers about this website very soon.

Announcing AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code #

AWS toolkit for Visual Studio Code users. Yes please!

Algebraic Effects for the Rest of Us #

Dan Abramov explains to JavaScript developers concept known from programming languages like Eff and Koka — algebraic effects. It is interesting conceptual write up. Don’t be tricked by the code examples on this article — this thing doesn’t exist and potentially never will.

CSS Lists, Markers, And Counters #

Usually when I come across explainer articles about another CSS property I totally ignore it and assume that I know the subject well enough. Articles by amazing Rachel Andrew are different though. I just read all of them and this one is another example of a post that is full of hidden little details that I didn’t have a clue about.

Everything You Need To Know About CSS Margins #

Did I mention that Rachel Andrew is amazing? Another one full of little CSS gems.

ES proposal: optional chaining #

Optional Chaining proposal recently hit a stage 3. Most likely this alternative to popular get method from lodash will be a part of a future ECMAScript 2020 specification. This article by Dr. Axel Rauschmayer explains ins and outs.

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