Maks Surguy has a new book out titled “Integrating Front end Components with Web Applications” and I finally had the chance to sit down and give it a read.
From the very first chapter you can tell Maks spent a lot of time and effort on this book. He included graphics for visuals, an external Git repo for the code examples, and clearly explains the usage of the plugins. Having used most of the plugins mentioned, I thought this might not be a book for me, but I was wrong. I picked up some cool tips that I missed when I originally implemented them. Plus I learned of a few that I didn’t even know about.
What is also great is the plugins are those that you typically need in every project. Spinners, notifications, ajax forms, tagging, autosuggest, date pickers, and file uploads. I guarantee most of your apps need at least three if not all.
I only have two very minor complaints. The first is the use of stock bootstrap html in some of the code samples. On my reading device the un-semantic nature adds a lot of noise when I only care about a specific section.
The second is the usage of bower in places but not showing a great solution for using bower with Gulp. Although I’m not sure a nice solution even exists. I wrote in a previous newsletter about this, but the issue I always run into is bower downloads an entire repo and each package could contain many js files. So using something like
gulp.src('js/*.js') wouldn’t be ideal. I’m sure packages exist or there is a better way than defining each package individually in your gulpfile.js.
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