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Building Enterprise JavaScript Applications

By : Daniel Li
Book Image

Building Enterprise JavaScript Applications

By: Daniel Li

Overview of this book

With the over-abundance of tools in the JavaScript ecosystem, it's easy to feel lost. Build tools, package managers, loaders, bundlers, linters, compilers, transpilers, typecheckers - how do you make sense of it all? In this book, we will build a simple API and React application from scratch. We begin by setting up our development environment using Git, yarn, Babel, and ESLint. Then, we will use Express, Elasticsearch and JSON Web Tokens (JWTs) to build a stateless API service. For the front-end, we will use React, Redux, and Webpack. A central theme in the book is maintaining code quality. As such, we will enforce a Test-Driven Development (TDD) process using Selenium, Cucumber, Mocha, Sinon, and Istanbul. As we progress through the book, the focus will shift towards automation and infrastructure. You will learn to work with Continuous Integration (CI) servers like Jenkins, deploying services inside Docker containers, and run them on Kubernetes. By following this book, you would gain the skills needed to build robust, production-ready applications.
Table of Contents (26 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
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The Importance of Good Code

Linting with ESLint

Finally, we should take care to maintain a consistent code style throughout our project. Code styles are subjective, stylistic choices that do not alter the function of the program, for example, whether to use spaces or tabs, or whether to use camelCase or underscore_case when naming variables.

Having a consistent code style is important for the following reasons:

  • It makes the code more readable.
  • When working with others, contributors may override each other's style changes. For instance, contributor A may change all string literals to using single-quotes, and contributor B may change it back to double-quotes in a subsequent commit. This is a problem because:
    • Time and effort are wasted
    • It can lead to ill-feelings because no one likes their work being overwriten
    • Changes become hard to review, and the pertinent changes may be submerged under the stylistic changes.

Once a set of code style rules is defined, a linter can be used to enforce those rules. A linter is a static analysis...