Export Tasks from Nirvana to Zenkit - Part 1

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I am quite a fan of GTD - Getting Things Done® methodology, and productivity tools in general. Over the last few years I’ve tried different workflows, applications, even #BuJo - Bullet Journal to stay organized and do things. In this article I will show you how to move your tasks and projects from Nirvana to Zenkit.

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Deploy React Applications in a Servlet Environment

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Modern web applications using React and other frameworks are often distributed as static websites. It is undoubtely the simplest, cache-friendly and dead-cheap solution. However, some enterprisey projects (think about data-entry and legacy business applications) need to be deployed in a constrained environment like a Java JEE Servlet Engine (Tomcat, Jetty, Resin) or a full-fledged Application Server (Weblogic, JBoss / WildFly, Websphere).

Forget having your app deployed on a separate “lightweight” web server like Apache or Nginx, let alone a dedicated 3rd-level domain or IP address like frontend.mylegacyapp.com! These new requirements can easily interfere with the standard toolchain of the so-called React boilerplates, slowing down development and discouraging developers.

In this article we will see a solution that enables frontend developers to:

  • bootstrap applications using create-react-app
  • pack and deploy them in a Servlet Engine, even under a relative context path
  • enable the use of HTML5 History Push API with React Router
  • keep the modification to code base substantially intact

All this while preserving development speed!

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Intellij Live Templates Javascript Development

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I’m a IntelliJ IDEA user since late 2013. After a long (and not without problems) liaison with Eclipse IDE, and before that with the glorious Borland JBuilder, I wanted to try something new. Not that Eclipse was bad per se, it was just getting heavier and buggier release after release, and the plugin ecosystem wasn’t anymore something you could rely on. I remember also giving NetBeans a last chance: NO WAY. So I thought “What’s all this fuss around JetBrain IntelliJ IDEA?”

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