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Nick Taylor
Nick Taylor

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My 2018 Year in Review

So here’s my 2018 Resolutions.

Did I complete them all? No, but honestly it’s not a big deal.
  • Continue to contribute to open source: Mission accomplished 🚀. I continued to be a collaborator on react-slingshot and contributed some work there this year, fielded some issues etc.

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React + Redux starter kit / boilerplate with Babel, hot reloading, testing, linting and a working example app built in


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A comprehensive starter kit for rapid application development using React.

Why Slingshot?

  1. One command to get started - Type npm start to start development in your default browser.
  2. Rapid feedback - Each time you hit save, changes hot reload and linting and automated tests run.
  3. One command line to check - All feedback is displayed on a single command line.
  4. No more JavaScript fatigue - Slingshot uses the most popular and powerful libraries for working with React.
  5. Working example app - The included example app shows how this all works together.
  6. Automated production build - Type npm run build to do all this:

React Slingshot Production Build

Get Started

  1. Initial Machine Setup

    First time running the starter kit? Then complete the Initial Machine Setup.

  2. Click "Use this template"

    Click the green "Use this template" button at the top of this page and enter a name and description for your repo.

  3. Run the setup

My other focus was the dev.to repository.

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For empowering community 🌱


Forem 🌱

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Welcome to the Forem codebase, the platform that powers dev.to. We are so excited to have you. With your help, we can build out Forem’s usability, scalability, and stability to better serve our communities.

What is Forem?

Forem is open source software for building communities. Communities for your peers, customers, fanbases, families, friends, and any other time and space where people need to come together to be part of a collective See our announcement post for a high-level overview of what Forem is.

dev.to (or just DEV) is hosted by Forem. It is a community of software developers who write articles, take part in discussions, and build their professional profiles. We value supportive and constructive dialogue in the pursuit of great code and career growth for all members. The ecosystem spans from beginner to advanced developers, and all are welcome to find their place…

I was accepted as an early contributor before the project went open source and continued to contribute after it went public. It felt really good to be the first contributor outside of the core team to have a PR merged.


Although I didn’t contribute to TypeScript or VS Code, I’m still very happy with this year’s contributions.

It’s fun making resolutions, but honestly, I did not lose any sleep over not completing some of these. Aside from resolutions, it was a busy year in work land and in the fall I decided to move on to an amazing role at Autodesk on the Shotgun team.

Prior to starting work, I attended a week long conference with the whole team. We’re distributed, so they try to have these team conferences once or every two years. As a brand new employee who hadn’t even started work yet, it was amazing to meet, wine/dine with my future co-workers and work on ways to improve the product. I’ve been loving it since day 1. Great work/life balance and all the good things you look for in a job. 💯

Aside from the new gig, I'm about to pass 12000 followers on dev.to! 🔥

So as we close off 2018, I just want to say thanks to the dev.to core team and the community. You're all great.

That's all folks!

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Ananya Neogi

Great work! :) All the best for the coming year.
My goal for 2019 is to become an active open source contributer. What are some of your tips on finding projects to contribute towards as a beginner?

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Nick Taylor Author • Edited on

Thanks for the kind words Ananya.

If you're looking to get into open source, I'd suggest the following:

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Ananya Neogi

Great! Thank you so much for sharing these resources! Excited to dive in :)

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Manuel Penaloza

an impressive year, well done.
all the best for 2019!

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Nick Taylor Author

Thanks Manuel. All the best to you in 2019!

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Rifai Martin

Keep Learning Nick, nice to meet you... from indonesia developer

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rhymes

Well done Nick and thank you!

Congratulations for the new job :-)