The Jayson JSON Editor

Jayson UI

I’ve used a lot of web based editors/viewers for JSON over the years and all have fallen pretty short for me. Jayson is one of the first that I’ve seen that is an actual app for my local machine. It allows not only viewing but also editing and changing your JSON and has keyboard shortcuts for lots of navigation and editing functions. The only big negative I’ve hit is with JavaScript vs. JSON. For example, the following is considered valid JavaScript but not valid JSON:

Node.js 8 and NPM 5

I read through the information about NPM v5 the other day and I have to admit I found that it was all likely important stuff (that is, changes that needed to be made), but not particularly exciting. It seemed like things which would just make it behave a little better, work in a few more situations, or be a little bit faster: v5.0.0

GraphQL (Baader-Meinhof Edition)

I never hear much about GraphQL but of course, it seems like it’s everywhere this week…

New Toolsday Podcast on GraphQL


Tune in this week to hear us ford through unfamiliar waters as we tackle GraphQL! We go through why you should get excited about this new way of dealing with APIs.

React Videos Old (Not Really) and Very New

ReactConf 2017 Videos Here’s something old, well, older. Mid March isn’t that long ago, so if you missed the videos from React Conf 2017 or you’re new to working on React, here’s a smorgasbord of 35(!) videos from that conference up on YouTube: React Conf 2017 ReactEurope 2017 Videos But what if that’s old hat? After all, this is JavaScript, two months is the equivalent of 14 human years. Then you’ll be glad to know that there are now YouTube playlists up for ReactEurope 2017.

New Content and Some Contact Details

New Template If you’ve been here before then you can immediately tell that the look of things is completely different. I’m using Hugo right now to generate this site and I started with the Hyde template just to have something up but I quickly found it to be extremely limiting. I’ve now switched to Mainroad and other than the weirdness above where it uses the list of my last posts as a menu (something I’m very puzzled by) it does pretty much everything better than Hyde did.

All Modules All The Time

ES2015 Modules Although we’ve gotten basically everything else from ES2015 in our browsers (and you can and should be using it without having to run your code through Babel or TypeScript or anything else; IE11 be damned), we haven’t gotten modules. And lots of us really want modules. This is a really good overview of not just where the various browsers stand today with regard to modules (spoiler: widespread but most of the implementations are still turned off by default and you have to enable a flag to try them out).