Brandon Konkle
Brandon Konkle

Freelance full-stack Node & React developer, supporter of intersectional social justice, enthusiastic nerd, loving husband, and father. Hire me for your next project!

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Brandon Konkle
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I'm a Node & React developer with more than 8 years of experience creating high performance web applications and architectures. If you're looking for help with your next project, hire me today!

Overcoming the Challenges of Remote Work

As I make my transition from working in the office back to working remotely I've been thinking a lot about what makes remote teams successful and what challenges they face, especially in blended teams where some are still in the office. I took some time and wrote down my thoughts on how to overcome those challenges and thrive as a remote-…

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State Management with Redux

If you follow React developers on Twitter, you've probably been hearing the name Redux come up a lot lately. There's a good reason for this - Redux solves one of the biggest and most frustrating pain points for most React developers - state management. In this article I'll describe the problem of state management and how I've dealt with i…

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Commanding the CLI with Node

Prior to Node v0.12, writing a command line tool in Node was a rather difficult proposition. There was no way to execute a command synchronously, so tools like ShellJS worked around this by blocking the event loop until a 'done' file was created on the filesystem signifying that the command was complete. Thankfully, Node v0.12 introduces…

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Learning from the Design Community

Last month I attended Mountain West JS and learned a lot from some excellent speakers. Several of the talks introduced me to new concepts or perspectives, and one in particular inspired me to think about what we do in a whole new way. Whitney Williams gave a talk entitled 6 Design Skills Devs Need that helped me realize that what we do as…

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Hello, Castaway!

Back in October, I began work on a side project that I was really excited about. My goal was to relive the excitement and fascination of text-based roleplaying that I had experienced in my youth. Real life inevitably got in the way, however, and my work on the project slowed down. This week, I planned to resume my work on the project. It…

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