In my first frontend web developer job I worked with AngularJS, yes you read that right AngularJS so 1.x. Unfortunately the build process was not able to changed to transpile to ECMA5, so no ECMA6 Template Strings. I found myself trying to automate boring and repetitive tasks, like my previous testing role where I created a VNC monitor called Pinger.
Although the project was started in 2016, in 2018 I picked it up again. Unlike CMD Resume, I severely limited the scope. This lead to using Mocha/Chai and Nightwatch for testing to try different testing frameworks. Instead of trying to test a broad range of browsers, I only tested UI on the CI server using Chromium. Combined with using ESLint, the verification process is very quick and easy. Originally I used Travis for CI however more recently I switched to Github Actions, which was an interesting experience.
Although this project is not as complex as CMD Resume, I did manage to learn a bit. I tried a few new frameworks, particularly Mocha/Chai which I’d been itching to try for a little while. Whilst introducing tests, due to the size of the project I was able to decouple logic from the UI using Browserify and was able to write better tests.
Overall I think this project served an actual need I had, even if it was only a problem for a little while. I learned a lot however I think I went down too many fruitless paths. Like any project it was a learning experience and it has made me a better coder.
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