Imposter Syndrome, gitignore, and Developer Dark Arts

An overview of what was Creating Zeal this week.

🎙️ Podcast

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome with Jen Luker

If you’re someone that suffers from Imposter Syndrome, tune into this episode. Host Adam Cuppy chats with Jen Luker about dealing with Imposter Syndrome and using it to incite change.

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Throughout the season, we’ll be talking about personal growth in the lesser-known edges of software. Fun stuff like unique uses of tech in production, DevRel, product management, and so much more ZEAL goodness.

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.gitIgnore Tutorial

When you're working with git, sometimes you'll have project files that you don't want to be committed to your repository. A .gitignore file will prevent those file those files from being added. In this video, Amy explains what a .gitignore file is, where it belongs, and common files and directories you'll want to include.

✏️ Blog Post

Developer Dark Arts: React Class Components

In Nate's most recent installation of the Developer Dark Arts posts, he explains some of the pitfalls in using React Class Components and why Hooks are so much more effective.

One of the key benefits of hooks is that they allow us to leverage all of the component lifecycle methods in functional components. No weird syntax or boilerplate code required.

In this post, Software Engineer, Aaron Spjut looks at how React's useRef and useMemo works by taking a look at the code.

Principle Focus: Share our Knowledge and Expertise
Our second principle is Share Our Knowledge and Expertise. Even if we are early in the learning process, we have things to share. That sharing will even reinforce what we’re learning. When we’ve gained a level of experience we’re able to help others, to lift them up, and bridge a gap for them. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert yet. No matter how much you know, there is someone who knows less and will be grateful that you shared what you know.

🔗 Links and Interestings

Plug-In Play Illustration / Animation library Round-Up

There's a common trend right now for plug-in-play illustration and animation libraries. Quickly create custom illustrations by changing hairdos, poses, and clothes.

It’s interesting to see how illustration work is going in a similar direction as the no-code tools. These no-design animation/illustration libraries are really nice for indy devs or if you need something quick. ~Matti

Here are a few of the resources we found:

Remove YouTube Ads With This Stupidly Simple Trick

Remove YouTube Ads With This Stupidly Simple Trick

The trick - first reported on Reddit and subsequently by Android Police - involves simply placing a period (or full stop) after the .com in the URL of the video you’re watching. This seems to remove all pre-roll ads, ads that might appear midway through the video and advertising overlays.

Close Buttons

As the saying goes, "There's more than one way to skin a cat." This definitely applies to frontend development. This article proves that point well, by showing 11 different ways you can build a modal close button. But, just because you can, doesn't mean you should. This article does a great job of explaining the right and wrong way to do this, especially when it comes to accessibility.