React Native Video Recording, Saving, and Playback

I’m working on a video app for React Native that records video, saves it, and plays it back. This post is to explain how I did it. Choosing a Video Recording Module I tried a few different options before I settled on one that worked for me. I tried react-native-camera, react-native-camera-kit, and react-native-beautiful-video-recorder. I ended

Don’t Use a For Loop, Use These Instead

The for loop is something you’ll use all the time to iterate over an array. It works, but there are better Javascript methods you can use to make your code more concise. Disadvantages of a normal for loop: It encourages mutating the existing array You have to create a new variable (i) It’s ugly and

How to Make a WooCommerce App with React and WPGraphQL

I recently made a simple eCommerce app using React, WPGraphQL, WooGraphQL, and the Ionic Framework. It was a fun learning experience, this is a nice stack to work with. I have worked with WPGraphQL before, but I still have a lot to learn, so in this post I will share what I learned in case

Typescript Basics for Javascript Developers

“The main benefit of TypeScript is that it can highlight unexpected behavior in your code, lowering the chance of bugs.” – Typescript Documentation Typescript tells your code editor what your code is supposed to look like so that it can warn you of errors as you type. The benefit of this is mostly code hinting

5 Critical Javascript Methods You Need To Know For React

While working with React, Vue, Angular, and other frameworks, I find myself writing lots of normal Javascript while working with arrays. Methods like slice(), shift(), find(), filter(), and map() are all over my React app code, but I’ve never prioritized digging into them. I went way too long copy/pasting someone else’s code from StackOverflow, and

One Liners to Edit Object Arrays in JavaScript

If you have an array of objects, for example Posts from the WordPress REST API (or WP-API), how do you manipulate them? Let’s say we make a GET request to an API endpoint, such as https://apppresser.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts. We get back an object array, we can oversimplify it like this: If we want to find a certain

WordPress Transients vs. Options

Transients and options are both ways to store a value in the WordPress database, but they work differently. A transient is like an option that disappears after a set amount of time. They are used for temporary values, while options usually stick around. tl;dr: Transients expire, options don’t. Use transients for a single value you

Two helpful functions to build better WordPress plugins

When writing a plugin, it’s important to realize one thing about WordPress: Everyone’s WordPress site is a hot mess. I’m joking. Kinda. Seriously though, everybody uses WordPress differently, so you need to account for that. These 2 PHP functions will help you avoid errors in strange WordPress environments: class_exists() and function_exists(). Avoiding Errors With Plugin

Dynamic Content with Gatsby and WordPress

Gatsby is a static site generator, but it can also do dynamic content. It’s built on React, so you can use all the dynamic stuff in React along with your static content. This creates what could be the perfect pairing for a lot of websites. Static content for speed, scalability, security, and SEO, with some

Announcing Static Fuse: Gatsby + WordPress

I got really interested in Gatsby recently, and started creating themes and websites with it. I decided to make things official, and started a project called Static Fuse. Static Fuse is a collaboration with Justin Hall to help developers, freelancers, and agencies build Gatsby + WordPress sites. Justin and I have been working on this