Syntax - Tasty Web Development Treats

Full Stack Developers Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski dive deep into web development topics, explaining how they work and talking about their own experiences. They cover from JavaScript frameworks like React, to the latest advancements in CSS to simplifying web tooling.



Desktop & Mobile Apps With a Single Codebase

In this episode, Scott and Wes talk with Etienne Lemay, developer of Missive, about his experience building Missive, best practices, and the pros and cons of building desktop and mobile apps with a single codebase. LogRocket - Sponsor LogRocket lets you replay what users do on your site, helping you reproduce bugs and fix issues faster. It’s an exception tracker, a session re-player and a performance monitor. Get 14 days free at Freshbooks - Sponsor Get a 30 day free trial of Freshbooks at and put SYNTAX in the “How did you hear about us?” section. Show Notes 0:57 - What is Missive? 6:10 - What is the desktop app built in? 9:44 - Did you use any particular libraries for the front-end? 11:44 - How are you managing state? 13:37 - Is it challenging to do all of this in JS? 15:07 - What was the catalyst for the “multi-conversation swipe”? 21:32 - What is the mobile app built in? 24:00 - What are the advantages of Cordova? 30:30 - How do you manage offline/syncing/etc. so well in a JS app? 34:56 - How do you test it? 36:52 - Have you looked into Cypress? 39:35 - How do you style it? Links

  • @EtienneLem
  • Missive
  • Spark
  • CoffeeScript
  • Backbone
  • Redux
  • Typescript
  • Electron
  • Webpack
  • Javascript30
  • Cordova
  • React Native
  • Fastlane
  • Amazon S3
  • Cypress
  • Sass
  • TailwindCSS
  • Svelte
  • Syntax 176: Building Steam Games with React
  • Scott: Disgraceland Podcast
  • Wes: Wagner 590 Spray Gun
  • Etienne: Prettier
Shameless Plugs
  • Scott: Svelte Course Coming Soon! - Sign up for the year and save 25%!
  • Wes: All Courses - Use the coupon code ‘Syntax’ for $10 off!
  • Etienne: Missive
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 02 October 2019  57m