Episode 19: JavaScript Development - Should You Buy or Build, with Guest Wes Bos

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Wes Bos talks about the course and sticker platform he's built, the technology behind it, and the reasons why he's built parts of it, and used off the shelf pre-built options for other parts. This is a great discussion for those faced with buying a system and customizing it for your needs vs building your own.

Recording date: 2019-01-17

John Papa @John_Papa

Dan Wahlin @danwahlin

Ward Bell @WardBell

Wes Bos @wesbos


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  • 01:47 Guest introduction
  • 05:33 Is Express still the dominant tool to use?
  • 06:41 What kind of headaches does building your own stack bring?
  • 08:58 Why not use an off the shelf payment system?
  • 10:20 Using Stripe from Node or React?
  • 13:03 Sponsor: NativeScript
  • 13:37 How was integrating Stripe?
  • 16:07 Buy vs build
  • 20:27 When did you create your course platform?
  • 21:26 Why rewrite something that works?
  • 25:59 Sponsor: DevIntersection
  • 26:46 Nginx usage
  • 31:27 How'd you decide what to use when you designed it?
  • 32:10 What are you using for authentication?
  • 36:29 Someone to follow

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