I did not write a blog post last week so I am combining both weeks into a single post.
The biggest challenge for me so far has been decision-making, not coding. For example, when a user clicks on Sign in with Facebook should the library open a new popup, then send an accessToken from the popup back to the parent via postMessage or redirect to Facebook, then return back to the app similar to the server-side OAuth 2.0 flow? There is no clear answer on the Internet. Each method has its pros and cons. Even all the friends that I’ve asked were split roughly 50/50 on popup vs redirect approach.
Another big challenge for me is designing the API. There are so many different ways to configure your module and I have seen just about every approach by looking at other people’s source code. As I build this module I try to imagine what it’s like for someone using it for the very first time. By making sure it is simple and intuitive every step of the way I have spent many hours re-writing the same functionality in different ways. And if that’s not bad enough, I have spent the entire Thursday just thinking about aforementioned challenges and practically not writing any code.
I am super excited that Jesicca McKellar was able to visit Hacker School this summer yet again. We have met at PyCon 2014 during the book signing but never really had a 1-one-1 chat before. I would love to pair up with her and discuss API design best practices, the next project to work on at Hacker School and tips on giving technical talks. I will need the last bit especially for my upcoming AngularJS talk at Google next month!