Four Key Attributes of a Healthy Development Process

People sometimes ask me which development process I would recommend to their team. Unfortunately, the answer is not that easy because I believe that there is no golden bullet. A development process is individual and depends on the people, culture, leaders and stage of your business. But, there are four…

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Running cron jobs on AWS Lambda with Scheduled Events

A look into the minimal set of AWS resources to get scheduled Lambda functions running and how to set things up with Node.js and Serverless. Recently I wanted to create a cron job for a side project but couldn’t because I didn’t have a server that I…

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Managing Complexity in Redux: Higher-Order Reducers and Async State

This post follows the story of an app which has been built with Redux but has somewhere, somehow taken a turn for the unmaintainable – particularly in regards to how it handles async loading state. It then outlines a few general Redux patterns which can be used to help steer the…

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Flex Like a Pro: Introduction to CSS Flexbox

If you ever wrote CSS to align and position elements you probably ran into some issues, which is totally normal because it wasn't always easy. At blogfoster, we often found ourselves writing weird hacks like adding unnecessary containers, using floats in too many places and having absolutely positioned children in…

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A Development Environment for Micro-Services with Docker and Node.js

In this article we will explore how we at blogfoster set up our development environment with Docker. If you're already familiar with Docker you can jump directly to our setup and skip this short overview. TL;DR Use one shared Docker network and unique container names. Docker If you haven't…

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