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All The JavaScript

There are many different places JavaScript runs when developing a modern website. This page lists important ones.

Client Side JavaScript

Code that runs in the browser to enable interactive Hypertext. JavaScript uses the Document Object Model or DOM to create logical tree of tags. Tags get clumped together into Components, the model that JSX imposes on all the HTML tags in the DOM.

Server Side JavaScript

Secret code that runs when someone makes a request. Server side JavaScript runs to output the "Client Side" code: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript that is sent to and loaded by client browsers.

JSX is a special language extension for JavaScript that turns Markup used in the source code into JavaScript functions that render HTML tags. I use JSX to express all of my HTML elements. This gives me peace of mind because it means the computer is checking and making sure that I have closed and properly nested every signle tag. This helps us keep our HTML DOMs error free.

Testing JavaScript

We want to test our projects and Deno allows us to use JavaScript to write our test cases. There is a driver called Puppetteer that allows me to control a Chromium browser with JavaScript. The test runner has it's own context. One that launches the Server context so the test browser can download webpages.

Puppeteer can be used to reach into the client context of an HTML Document during a test. This is super useful; We can use it to click on things and interact with the webpage like a client does, but in a predicable, repeatable way. Puppeteer can also take screenshots.

Isomorphic JavaScript

Code that can be run in more than one context, but usually referring to code executed by the Server and Browser. Fresh implements an Island Hydration strategy that renders html sever side first, and allows us to write client-side code only when absolutely necessary.

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