Lockdown has been an opportunity to upskill in my front-end department.

I’ve been developing for several years in React, for most of which I’ve relied heavily on create-react-app. I’ve always known this is somewhat sub-optimal; but have always had a manana approach to replacing this core area of my stack. This has played well for me building apps, but has been a weak point for sites needing a modicum of search-engine and social network visibility.

Before I start with an independent review, I should point out the (on the whole, very helpful guide provided at Gatsby’s official site.

Overall Performance

Simply put, Gatsby is awesome for performance. …

Developing react native applications can be painstakingly slower than for the web.

Luckily, expo.io takes a whole bunch of this hassle and handles it for you. It’s not perfect, but it removes a whole bunch of headaches.

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At kilowatts.io, we spend a significant proportion of our time worrying about how to make applications that are both robust, and scaleable.

Being in the data science and energy fields, we have a real preference for Python in our development. Which is contrary to the direction of many simpler, real time web applications, where there’s a distinct language bias toward Node.

Using Docker is simply fantastic for development over managed services from AWS, Azure and other providers for the simple reason that you’re not locked into one of those providers, and that you can genuinely test your applications in a development environment. …



Creating data heavy apps and websites to disrupt markets.

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