Benjamin Johnson

  Software Engineer. Learning every day one mistake at a time. https://www.benjaminjohnson.me

   



8 Stories by Benjamin Johnson

Refactoring legacy code with Jest snapshots

Snapshot testing is immensely popular for testing React apps or other component-based UIs. However, it’s not exactly drama-free — many people looooove snapshots for their ease...
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3 ways everyone breaks their website’s focus state

No mouse? You’re in serious trouble. Like many things that are incredibly important, accessibility is by no means easy. Not because it’s a mystery or...
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Adding pipelines to JavaScript

Pipelines enable clean chaining of operations, but they’re not quite ready just yet The usage of pipes to transport water, air, gas, or any other...
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What makes ReasonML so great?

What exactly is Reason? ReasonML is a syntax extension for the OCaml language created by Facebook. Rather than creating an entirely new language, the creators...
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How CSS works: Creating layers with z-index

Introduction This post is the third in “How CSS Works” — a series where we dive deep into the fundamental building blocks of CSS that can...
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How CSS works: Understanding the cascade

A few weeks back I got to start a short series on CSS fundamentals. If you’re in the front-end web development space, CSS is...
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Using trampolines to manage large recursive loops in JavaScript

I vividly remember my entrance into the world of functional programming. Ironically, I was learning about class-based JavaScript in ES5. I was assigned some...
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How CSS works: Parsing & painting CSS in the critical rendering path

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js CSS often feels like this mysterious, whimsical force governing everything that we see on the web. It can be inherently simple at times,...
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