Syntax - Tasty Web Development Treats

By Wes Bos & Scott Tolinski - Full Stack JavaScript Web Developers

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 Feb 8, 2020
i listen to practically every episode, and gain tips all the time.

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 Sep 20, 2018
funny and informative for web devs

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Full Stack Developers Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski dive deep into web development topics, explaining how they work and talking about their own experiences. They cover from JavaScript frameworks like React, to the latest advancements in CSS to simplifying web tooling.

Episode Date
Jerome Hardaway + Vets Who Code

In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes talk with Jerome Hardaway about web dev, vets who code, diversity in tech, and more!

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Show Notes

01:50 - Captain America of Tech

03:25 - Where do you work and what type of stuff do you work on?

08:03 - What was your introduction to programming?

15:46 - When did you start Vets Who Code?

24:13 - What is the stack behind Vets Who Code?

29:56 - How do you help prep vets to get jobs?

41:32 - How can you be an ally and amplify black voices in tech?

50:05 - Everybody against racism



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Jul 08, 2020
Hasty Treat - Forms, Captchas, Honeypots, Dealing With Malicious Users and the Sad State of Contact Forms

In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes talk about forms, captchas, dealing with malicious users, and more!

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Show Notes

02:00 - So you made a form:

  1. Contact form
  2. Sales form
  3. Email signup for newsletter
  4. Bug report
  5. Sign up for an account
  6. Password reset

03:00 - Now someone is going to:

  1. Have a bot that submits it
  2. Maliciously write a bot that submits thousands

04:14 - So what can you do?

4:54 - Honey pot

  • This is a field that is either hidden or you tell the user not to fill in
  • Can goof up autofill
  • Works in many cases

07:37 - IP Throttle

  • Only allow each IP to do an action a certain number or times inside a window
  • You may only try signing up once per 10 mins

09:48 Block known ASN

12:37 - Captcha

  • Soft captcha: “What is 1 plus 1?”
  • Annoying captcha: Type these letters
  • Google captcha: Train our self driving cars
  • Hidden captcha
  • Cloudflare hCaptcha


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Jul 06, 2020
Our React Wish List

In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes talk about what they wish existed in React!

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Show Notes


03:53 - Unmount delay for animation

06:20 - Suspense with SSR released (or not because I think they are shelving it)

09:24 - File based components

  • Like Svelte and Vue
  • This would look like a file with a special scoped