A five part series written for remote professionals who want to take their life and careers to a new level. This is Part Three in the series.
Earlier in 2015, at their annual React.js conference, Facebook made an exciting announcement with the release of React Native: a platform bringing the brilliance of React JS to the process of developing native apps. For years web developers and designers have looked for a platform allowing them to use their web-based skills to create mobile apps, the question remains, is React Native the platform to bridge this gap? Furthermore, is it a game-changer in the landscape of platform architecture and development?
In this article I want to provide an introduction to React JS, for those of you interested in the latest and greatest, but potentially a little hesitant to jump into something so new and different.
When I started dabbling within the world of “web design” it was 1997, I had just moved to an entirely new part of the country, and there was a surplus of time. Being the new kid without much middle school acceptance as of yet, those first few months made for an lonely east coast. My best friends over that first spring and summer were my electric guitar, the local alt rock station, and my tangerine iMac computer.
Between the rise of CSS preprocessors, frontend frameworks like Foundation and Bootstrap, and the nearly de facto requirement for all sites to be responsive, the style-specific code we’re writing is far beyond adding link tags into the head of your HTML.
Over the last year our small remote studio became a little less small by bringing on our first full-time employee. The hiring process was new to us and we stumbled plenty along the way, but one thing that sticks with me—and does to this day as we look to bring on the next fit for the team—is that it’s incredibly easy to appear as just another face in the crowd.
Every day I find myself awed by the creations of others. Whether it's building a business, writing an elegant piece of code, or crafting a completely unique and original idea; the creative output of others makes me marvel at their achievements.
In the earliest stages of my career as a designer and developer, I would visit networking events because I thought that’s what I was supposed to be doing. Meeting people and “getting out into the community” a bit. Giving a little to get a little, right? The more business cards I handed out, I thought, the more my phone would be ringing off the hook.
As I sit here after a much needed evening session at the gym, and with a bit of welcoming Ahmad Jamal playing on Rdio, I look to our company’s communication and social feeds for anything new. I’m putting in a few extra hours this evening to reflect on how our agency’s communication approach has changed over the years, and interestingly enough, I’m not the only one with a little extra skin in the game.