In this section you will find a guide on how to develop frontends with the foomo stack. Please also see the general guide.
Let me share a few thoughts on frontend development from our journey @bestbytes the company behind https://www.foomo.org .
Web development has been a wild ride since the beginning of the www in the mid 1990s. Today we take it as granted, that the default way to build applications is with web technologies.
Not too long ago this seemed absurd, since browsers were meant to share scientific research papers and therefore were extremely limited in their capabilities.
It was the era of experimentation, that turned the web into the application runtime, which it is today. Plugins like Macromedias flash inspired the rich APIs we can use today, when building web applications.
A little history
The current stack is the result of a more than 20 year journey.
The open source eco system was in its infancy, there was no github (is that really open source as it should be 🤔), there was not even git, there were no real web frameworks and agile methodologies were an exotic nerd topic.
Security in browsers was a complete nightmare, it was a time, when one tab could access anothers tabs dom 🤯
The plugin era / FLASH
As browsers were slow, buggy and inconsistent FLASH presented this amazing way to build highly interactive websites. It was the time of loaders, which people accepted, because amazing experiences awaited them: animated vector graphics (artists went wild ...), games, the first videos, client server communications, sockets and a canvas API.
After "thoughts on flash"
After the release of the iPhone and the beginning of the walled garden era flash was one of the initial victims. Just for the record, I definitely prefer an independent eco system, which the web is at least to a certain extent, but it certainly was not noble motives, that were driving Apple when pushing for HTML5 in their thoughts on flash.
As we left the flash eco system we stopped by RequireJS and were using BACKBONE.JS as we felt extremely burnt by Adobe, after they had dropped their whole eco system like a hot potatoe once Apple had declared the end of flash.
TypeScript and the wild framework years
Despite the fact, that we were very sceptic about trusting large vendors, we adopted TypeScript right after it was initially released and we have remained happy users of it until the present day.
As we wake up today as frontend developers, we do not expect, that we will keep on doing things as we do them today until the end of our careers, but we at least see a chance, that the code base of a project will not be outdated with delivery of a MVP.