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Issue #249  (Computed Obj Props, Uncats, JSON, JS Utils)

As you might be aware, properties of objects can be defined using variables or even as strings with spaces in the property names, as long as you use square brackets, as in the following:

var myObj = {},
    myProp = 'example property';

myObj['other prop'] = 'example value';
myObj[myProp] = 'another value';

// {other prop: "example value",
//  example property: "another value"}

View JSFiddle

The first property of myObj contains a space and the second property is defined using an existing variable. But the problem here is you can't access these property names using dot notation. This is because of the space in the property name.

You can also use a space for the property name in an object literal, as follows:
var myObj = {
  'example prop': 'example value'

But if you try to drop a variable on the left side of the colon, it won't work. You won't get the value of the variable, you'll just have a property on that object equal to that variable's name. See this JSFiddle for an example.

ES6 now allows you to include computed property names in object literals. So the following is now valid (notice the square brackets):
let myVar = 'example prop';

let myObj = {
  [myVar]: 'example value'

// {example prop: "example value"}

View on JSFiddle

Notice, in contrast to the previous demo, the myVar property name now computes to the value it holds. This means you can also use string concatenation within the square brackets to define the property name.

Yet another minor but convenient feature that makes JavaScript just a little easier to work with.

Now on to this week's tools!

The Uncategorizables

Online tool to convert indented lines of text into a "mind map" (a diagram used to visualize information).

Site Palette
Chrome extension to generate comprehensive color palettes from a website. Provides Sketch and Adobe Swatch downloadables.

Native Windows app that works offline and supports .sketch files.

Figma Web API
Enables apps, websites and internal tools to integrate directly with the real-time state of design in Figma from a robust Web API and open JSON format.

A modern blog platform with 80+ templates or just a blank slate. Responsive layouts, private drafts, 20+ content widgets.

Aims to be your decentralized website publisher. Publish your personal websites and share files, quickly and easily, without relying on third parties.

Helping engineers find great startups. No resumes or whiteboard. Apply to multiple top tech companies at once.

MongoDB Stitch
Backend as a service. Configure your application backend in the cloud.

Google Apps Script
Create add-ons for Google Sheets, Docs, Slides, or Forms, automate your workflow, integrate with external APIs, and more.

Create a Node app with one command in less than 30 seconds. Get started on coding and forget about configuration.

A server manager that makes it easy to administer your GNU/Linux servers via a web browser.

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Learning React Book     Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja Book

Databases, JSON, etc.

A query language for JSON, based on a complete specification and has a compliance test suite.

Like JSON.stringify, but handles cyclical references, repeated references,  undefined, Infinity, NaN, -0, regular expressions, dates, and Map and Set.

JSON Viewer
Chrome extension. A port of Firefox's JSON Viewer. Open a JSON file in the browser and it's parsed and given syntax highlighting and object collapse/expand.

Paste tab-delimited CSV (straight from Excel, for example) to generate a chart.

Library that implements a self-contained, serverless, zero-configuration, transactional NoSQL database engine. It's a document store database similar to MongoDB, Redis, etc.

Turn your database into a GraphQL API. A real-time GraphQL database layer. Connect directly from the front end or build your own GraphQL server.

Microservices on the front end. A new architecture for building native mobile apps that utilizes JavaScript technologies without sacrificing native performance and user experience.

One command to generate REST APIs for any MySQL database.

Mark Notation
A simple and unified notation for both object data, like JSON, and markup data, like HTML and XML.

Select Transform
Query any JSON tree to select exactly the subtree you are looking for. Transform any JSON object to another by parsing with a JSON template.

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JavaScript Utilities and Modules

A set of immutable functions using dot notation. Gives you a short and meaningful syntax to apply operations on immutable structures.

Automatically discover and add missing types in your TypeScript code.

Lightweight, beautiful and user-friendly interactive prompts.

Enjoyable content drag-to-scroll library. Try the demo to see exactly what that means. Pretty neat.

A very easy-to-use asset loader using Promises. Supports images, audio, and video.

JavaScript library that can upload anything you throw at it, optimizes images for faster uploads, and offers a great, accessible, silky smooth UX.

Redux best practices without the boilerplate. No more action types, action creators, switch statements or thunks.

A super-simple dependency-free JavaScript type checker.

Fires a one-time event whenever elements of your choice are about to scroll into the viewport. Perfect for triggering animations or for lazy loading assets.

Useful when you need to display, store, deduplicate, sort, compare, etc, URLs.

A Tweet for Thought

The recent "the dots matter" Gmail problem that was discovered by James Fisher was discussed extensively in this Twitter thread, including some comments from Google and Netflix engineers.

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