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Published on Dec 12, 2014
Is your head spinning from the firehose of front-end tools, work flows, task runners, libraries, frameworks, MV*, and opinions? Not sure where or how to start? Need a broader introduction to how a JS application is built? Let’s take a step back and examine the building blocks of a modern front-end JS application, free from dogma. In this talk I’ll be speaking abstractly about the components a front-end engineer should consider when architecting a front-end JS application.
* Select a developers project management tool for code projects * Select a bug tracking system * Select version control system and host * devise a branching/tagging strategy * Define devices, platforms, browser engines where application will run. If the app will run offline. If the application will need Internationalization/localization. * Verify data API, it’s documentation, how to request updates, and plan cross domain strategy if needed * Possibly select local server / staging server / production server stack (or very least how to run/serve your code, everywhere it will live e.g. a mobile app) * Select package managers * Dependency monitoring services * Determine coding style/conventions/quality rules and enforce it * html, css, and js linting/hinting * editor/IDE configurations * hooks * Select build tool / task runner * Define & select application structure & tools * Dependency Management * MV* (router, views, models, layout) * CSS, HTML, JS frameworks/libraries * Determine deployment strategy (e.g. CI, app stores etc..) * Select a testing automation service to run tests across your supported devices, platforms, and browser engines * Select unit testing solution(s) * Test Runner * Code Coverage * TDD/BDD/ or just write unit tests * hooks * Select code complexity reporting/analysis solution(s) * Select integration testing solution(s) * Select functional testing solution(s) * Select error monitoring solution(s) * Select user monitoring solution(s) * Select site monitoring / performance monitoring solution(s) * Select site analytics solution(s) * Determine SEO strategy * Determine security model (https, multifactor authentication etc…) * Select a CDN * Write documentation explaining everything you decided, why you decided it, how it functions, and how it all fits together