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This is NOT a definitive guide to arrow functions. I’m writing a few other tutorials and blogs and want to have something to point people to so they can have a quick explanation and example of arrow functions since they are in so many of the modern frameworks. Just enough to be dangerous! To be clear, there are reasons where you should not use arrow functions, but they are not going to be discussed in this blog post. I just want you to be able to know how they work when you see them “in the wild”.
Let’s get started. I’m going to take you step by step converting a regular function into an arrow function.
Here’s a regular function using the function keyword
Let’s change that to an anonymous function expression
Should be nothing new here so far. No Arrows or ES6 yet, but here it comes…
First remove the function keyword and add the arrow
The only thing going on there is removing the function keyword and adding the arrow. And that’s it! You’ve gone and made an arrow function! Hurray! But wait, there’s more!
If there is only one argument, you can get rid of the parentheses around it.
Getting pretty lean but we can take it even further. If the body of the code is only one line, we can get rid of the curly braces.
Frequently, you’ll see these used as a callback in another function so there is no const and no function name. This is the case that we see quite a bit and the real reason I wrote this all up in the first place
This doesn’t do anything on its own, but as a callback it’s useful. Here we’re using as a callback for looping over an array with the forEach array method.
As a comparison, here’s a regular old for loop. Sure, we understand this as programmers, but the arrow function just reads like a sentence in normal language. So much easier to understand!
I think that covers the basics. Again this is not meant to be the definitive guide, just an intro to figure out what they mean because we see them ‘in the wild’ in all the modern frameworks.
I made a simple React app with React router that worked while clicking the links in the nav, but not if you enter those URLs in the location bar.
TLDR – make a file in the public directory called “_redirects” with this line in it
/* /index.html 200
What’s going on here?
This didn’t really solve my problem but it got me looking around through the forums and I found something that said you need to use “redirects” to handle those pages (the ones that look folders with no index page)
First I found something about putting config information in a netlify.toml file in the root directory of the project. For me, putting the reccommened line in that file failed on build. I came across something that said to put the “_redirects” in my root directory which also didn’t do anything. I ended up doing a lot of clicking around before I got my solution.
My problem here was how my build folder is also in my .gitignore file so it never gets uploaded to github and my site is being built from my git repo! Finally, I realized I could just put the “_redirects” file into the public directory (same place as the index.html file for the site)
I wrote this blog because it took me 20 minutes or more of searching to figure out how to implement 20 characters of code. I’m not complaining about netlify mind you, they are an amazing product. There are a million different combinations of frameworks and languages that they are trying to support so there may not be a simple answer to my particular case. I just had a hard time finding the short answer so I hope to save someone the time solving the same issue.
TL:DR – put quotes around your EJS value when it is being used as an HTML attribute
I was making a simple Express app with EJS templating and MongoDB for my REST API. I passed the response, which was a few strings and a date, to the view in the typical fashion, and I could verify that the data was being passed by outputting the object to the view like this:
which leaves dog just hanging out there, an attribute without any value which HTML just ignores in this case. Actually, if I’m interpreting the spec correctly, it is setting the value of dog to true which is any case is not used so again it is ignored. https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTML/Attributes
When learning web development, they all tell you to find a problem in your life and create a solution using code to create a great project. Well, I drive for Uber and I wanted to know when most flights would be coming into my local airport. The airport website has listings, but it’s a cluttered mess. I wanted something where I could just see at a glance when most flights were coming in. I could not find a public/free API for flight information so I needed to figure out a little bit of web scraping. Code and working example is here: www.alexnielsen.net/projects/airport-scraper and I did a video walk-through explaining how the code works here:
I’ve been making more videos and this time I’ve been working on the freeCodeCamp selection of algorithm challenges. I’ve been doing one every day and adding them to the playlist below. I’m twelve days in and the plan is to do one every day until I’ve got them all!
This was based on something a person was asking about on a facebook group. They were asking if there was a library that would make background animations. I saw their example and said “That looks like the bottom of 3 moving circles. I bet I can make that with just CSS”. Here is the result of what I came up with. I ended up reviewing about SCSS mixins to reduce the amount of code. Below you’ll find my codepen as well as a video where I walk through my process.
This was a project from www.frontendmentor.io The site provides practice challenges that users can work through. They provide a project brief, style guide, and an image of the design and you have to recreate it yourself. If you’re trying to get out of the tutorial rut but need some inspiration on what to build yourself, this is a great resource.