Angular In Action Book Review

At the HolidayJs event I won a book and I picked a copy of Angular In Action by Lukas Ruebbelke. I had already been using Angular for a few projects and wasn’t expecting to get much out of the book. Honestly I got it to use as more of a give away at one of my talks but figured I would at least glance through a few chapters of it first. Needless to say I ended up reading the whole book and plan to keep it.

This book is one of the best introductions to Angular that I have read. Lukas does a fantastic jobs of explaining how it all works with lots of good code examples in a way that is very easy to understand. The book walks you through building a Trello clone with a pre-built backend so that you can stay focused on Angular and not worry about the data storage. After reading this book and going through the code examples you will be well on your way to being able to create your own Angular application.

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Ionic - Stop Icons from Overlapping in Ion List

Today I ran into an issue using Ionic, where I was trying to put two icons on the right side of an ion list item. There is really easy to do with the item-icon-right css class. Unfortunately when you have multiple icons, it overlaps instead of showing them side by side. I was not expecting this as I had only used 1 icon before and assumed that item-icon-right would just put them side by side.

Luckily, there is an easy fix for this using some built-in Ionic css classes.

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Preparing A Conference Talk

I have done a bunch of conference talks and brown bag sessions this year (~45 in the past 2 years) and here is how I prepare for those talks. Sorry that the reply is a little long but I wanted to make sure you had a process to get started with. Remember that this is my process and you have to find what works best for you.

Here are the phases that I go through:

  1. Brainstorming
  2. Drafting
  3. Editing
  4. Finalizing
  5. Practicing
  6. Presenting

There is no set time for how long each phase takes. It all depends on the presentation and the length of it. I have had talks where I spent several weeks working on it while other talks were done in less than a day.

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Angular - Calling Service Methods from Console

Here is a quick tip for how you can run your Angular service and factory methods within the Chrome Dev Tools console.

No longer will you have to go through the process of navigating through the UI to trigger a Service/Factory method to run. Now you can just load up the web site and do all of your debugging through the Chrome console.

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2015 Year In Review

2015 was a great year with lots of new adventures. I started a blog, did a bunch of speaking, started a new position at work, competed in my first hackathon (and won), and started a couple of meetups.

At the beginning of 2015 I had set a few goals for myself

  1. Speak at more events
  2. Start blogging again
  3. Be more active in my local dev community

I accomplished all of my goals plus more this year plus more. Read about all of the things that I did as well as my goals for this year for speaking, blogging, and dev community.

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