The video below highlights the syllabus and course overview of the Tinyhouse Masterclass.
The document displayed in the video can be found - here.
How To Go Through The Course
The video below highlights the structure of the course, the material available, and how best to go through the course.
This section below highlights all the modules/lessons and breakdown of the material, for TinyHouse, that has been prepared and is currently available in the Newline platform. This section will update automatically when new modules and lessons get introduced and/or changed.
All the existing material shown below pertains to Part I of the course. We'll ensure this section is fully updated when Part II has launched in Q1 2020. ❄️
Introduction to the TinyHouse Masterclass.
Syllabus and course overview.
How To Go Through The Course
The structure of the course, the material available, and how best to go through the course.
Quick walkthrough of the development environment and tools used in the course.
Part One Welcome
Welcome to Part I of the course.
Module 1 Introduction
This is an introduction to the work we'll be doing in Module 1.0.
What is Node?
Creating a minimal Node:Express Server
Web servers provide functionality for requests that can be made from client applications. Node has a built-in HTTP module to allow for building a server that facilitates the transfer of data in HTTP. With this lesson, we'll look to use the popular Express framework as the replacement of the core HTTP module to create a minimal Node server, with Express routing.
Automatic Reloading Using Nodemon
Nodemon is an open-source utility tool that helps automatically restart a Node server whenever a change in code is detected in development. In this lesson, we'll install Nodemon and introduce an application script that will start the Node server with Nodemon.
Adding TypeScript to our Server
We'll get started with TypeScript in this lesson by installing a few necessary packages in our server and setting up the configuration of our TypeScript compiler.
Compiling our TypeScript project
Linting with ESLint
Introducing mock listings
To help us get started, we'll begin by introducing a mock data array of rental listings in this lesson. This will help us get started before we begin to address more appropriate data persistence.
Creating GET and POST Express routes
In this lesson, we'll use the routing capabilities Express gives us to create GET and POST routes that interact with the mock data array we've established.
Module 1 Summary
This lesson is a summary of the work we've done in Module 1.0.
Module 2 Introduction
Introduction to Module 2.0.
What is GraphQL?
GraphQL is a query language for APIs. In this lesson, we go through an initial discussion on GraphQL and how GraphQL differs from traditional REST APIs.
Comparing Github's REST and GraphQL APIs
Before we continue discussing some of the core concepts in GraphQL, we'll take a bit of a tangent in this lesson to contrast and compare Github's existing REST API (v3) and their GraphQL API (v4).
In this lesson, we introduce and discuss some of GraphQL's main concepts such as the GraphQL schema, object types and resolver functions.
Module 3 Introduction
Introduction to Module 3.0.
Installing Apollo Server and GraphQL
Creating a GraphQL Schema with the GraphQL JS Library
Querying and mutating listings data with GraphQL
In this lesson, we'll look to mimic the listings retrieval and manipulation we had in our Express RESTful API but with GraphQL instead.
Using the GraphQL Schema Language
The GraphQL schema language is a human-readable syntax to help create GraphQL schemas. In this lesson, we'll use the GraphQL schema language to re-create the schema we have in a more readable and simpler format.
Module 3 Summary
This lesson is a summary of the final state of the work done in Module 3.0.
Module 4 Introduction
Introduction to Module 4.0.
Introduction to MongoDB
This brief lesson highlights some of the differences between relational and non-relational databases, and introduces MongoDB.
Setting up a new MongoDB Cluster with Atlas
MongoDB Atlas is a fully managed cloud database service built and maintained by the same team behind MongoDB. In this lesson, we'll create our first MongoDB cluster with MongoDB Atlas.
Connecting the server with MongoDB
Many different libraries and tools exist to help facilitate the connection between a Node Server and a MongoDB instance. In this lesson, we'll introduce and use the Node MongoDB driver to make our server connect with the MongoDB cluster we've created in Atlas.
TypeScript Generics and adding types to our Collections
Though we've been able to make our database connection from the server, we haven't appropriately specified the type of data that can be returned from our database collections. In this lesson, we introduce and take advantage of generics to define the type of data that can be returned from our listings collection.
Setting Up Env Variables
Defining and using environment-specific configuration variables within code files is less than ideal due to security reasons as well as the coupling of environment-specific configuration and application code. In this lesson, we'll avoid declaring our MongoDB environment variables directly in our database connection file and instead use the popular dotenv package to load environment variables from a .env file.
Seeding mock data to the database
Having our database contain some mock data will allow our GraphQL queries and mutations to interact with data from the database. In this lesson, we'll create a simple seed script that will make it easy for us to populate the database with mock data in development.
Processing Data from MongoDB
In this lesson, we'll look to have our GraphQL API resolvers interact and manipulate data in our Mongo database. This will help ensure persistence of data and data changes between server restarts.
In this lesson, we'll see how we can use the lodash merge function to have our GraphQL resolvers map be broken down to small resolvers objects that pertain to certain domains (i.e modules).
Module 4 Summary
This lesson is a summary of the work done in Module 4.0.
Module 5 Introduction
Introduction to Module 5.0.
This lesson provides a quick revision on some of the main topics behind developing UI applications with React.
Create React App
A lot of things need to be considered to create the scaffold of a modern React application, like allowing for a modular-based app, compiling ESNext code, transpiling TypeScript code, etc. To avoid spending too much time with build tools, we'll create a modern React/TypeScript application with a single command - create-react-app.
Create React App - The Rundown
create-react-app creates a series of files and folders as it instantiates and creates a Webpack bundled React application. In this lesson, we'll spend some time addressing and highlighting each of the files and folders scaffolded by create-react-app.
Module 6 Introduction
Introduction to Module 6.0.
The Listings Component
In this lesson, we'll create our first React Function component.
Props & TypeScript
In this lesson, we'll introduce and type define Props to our recently created Listings function component.
Functional Components & TypeScript
In this lesson, we'll investigate the FunctionComponent interface type React provides and address the type checking capabilities it provides when assigned to functional components.
Numerous tools and libraries exist to help clients make GraphQL requests to a GraphQL API. Before we begin to introduce a third-party library to help make our GraphQL requests, we'll look to make our requests with the help of the window Fetch API. In this lesson, we'll begin to make the connection between our React client and Node server and see if we can query the listings query from our GraphQL API.
Abstracting the type of data from server fetch
Although the custom server fetch() function we've established in the last lesson works, the data being returned isn't appropriately typed. In this lesson, we'll take advantage of TypeScript generics to ensure we get queried data from our server fetch() function with the appropriate type.
Deleting a listing
In this lesson, we'll use our custom server fetch() function to invoke the deleteListing mutation we have in our GraphQL API, to delete a listing in our listings collection.
Module 6 Summary
This lesson is a summary of the work done in Module 6.0.
Module 7 Introduction
Introduction to Module 7.0.
In this lesson, we discuss the motivation behind React Hooks and see a few examples of how React Hooks can help share logic between our React components.
The useState Hook
Though we've been able to create a custom fetch() function to help us make the GraphQL requests to query listings or delete a certain listing, we've only seen the results of our requests in our browser console. In this lesson, we'll introduce and use React's useState Hook to track listings state value in our function component with which we'll be able to use and display in our UI.
The useEffect Hook
We've managed to use the useState Hook to track and display listings data to our UI. In this lesson, we'll introduce the useEffect Hook and see how we can create an effect callback to query listings data the moment our component mounts.
Custom useQuery Hook
With React's useState and useEffect Hooks, we've been able to query and display listings information the moment our Listings component is mounted. In this lesson, we'll create our very own custom useQuery Hook that will consolidate the pattern of creating a state property, using the useEffect Hook, and running the server fetch() function to make a query and state update when a component mounts.
Custom useQuery and refetch
In this lesson, we'll introduce the capability for a component to manually refetch a query from the useQuery Hook.
Custom useQuery and loading/error states
In this lesson, we'll address how we can handle the loading and error state of our GraphQL queries with our custom useQuery Hook.
Custom useMutation Hook
In this lesson, we'll create a custom useMutation Hook which will abstract the server fetch functionality needed to conduct a mutation from a component.
The useReducer Hook
In this lesson, we'll configure the useQuery and useMutation Hooks we've created to use another state management Hook to handle state. We'll use React's useReducer Hook.
Module 7 Summary
This lesson is a summary of the work done in Module 7.0.
Module 8 Introduction
Introduction to Module 8.0.
Creating our Apollo Client
To use the React Apollo client library, we'll install and set up the Apollo client of our application with which we'll be doing in this lesson.
React Apollo Hooks
With the Apollo client available everywhere in our app, we'll replace the use of the custom useQuery and useMutation Hooks with the variations provided to us from the React Apollo library.
Autogenerated types with Apollo CLI
In this lesson, we'll use Apollo tooling's command line interface to autogenerate static types for the GraphQL requests in our client application.
Module 8 Summary
This lesson is a summary of the work done in Module 8.0.
Module 9 Introduction
Introduction to Module 9.0.
UI Frameworks and Ant Design
In this lesson, we discuss some of the benefits of using a React UI framework as well as the Ant Design UI library.
Styling with Ant Design
Throughout Part I of the course, we haven't made any changes to the presentation (i.e. CSS) of our client code. In this lesson, we'll introduce and use the Ant Design React UI framework to improve the appearance of our client application.
Part One Conclusion
Conclusion of Part I of the course.
Module 11 Pro
Part Two Welcome
Welcome to Part II of the course.
The TinyHouse App
In this lesson, we'll highlight all the features we intend to have for our home sharing application, TinyHouse.
Walkthrough of TinyHouse Code
We'll spend a few minutes walking through the complete TinyHouse code for Part II of the course to gather context on some of the patterns we'll follow.
Code Patterns & Behavior
In this lesson, we'll continue from the previous lesson and spend more time discussing common patterns we'll employ as we build both the server and client projects of the TinyHouse application.
How To Go Through The Course
The structure of the course, the material available, and how best to go through the course in Part II.
Module 12 Pro
Set-up For Part II
We begin working on building the TinyHouse application by first modifying the code from the end of Part I of the course to prepare us as we move forward.
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Module 2 Introduction
This is an introduction to the work we'll be doing in Module 2.0.
Routing in TinyHouse
Routing is the process of navigating through a web application with the help of URLs. When a link in a webpage is clicked, the URL changes which then navigates a user to a new page. In this lesson, we'll learn about routing and explore the different routes we'll need for our TinyHouse application.
React Router is a popular community-built library that provides a set of navigational components to help create routing within React applications. In this lesson, we'll use React Router to declare the main routes and the components that should be shown in these routes for our TinyHouse client application.
Module 14 Pro
Module 3 Introduction
This is an introduction to the work we'll be doing in Module 3.0.
Database Collection Structure
In this lesson, we'll brainstorm the structure of our database and determine how many collections the database for our TinyHouse application will need.
Database Document Structure
We continue from the previous lesson by declaring the shape of the data we expect to store in each of the collections of our database.
Seed & Clear Data from MongoDB
Having our database contain some mock data will allow our GraphQL queries and mutations to interact with data from the database. In this lesson, we'll create a scripts to help seed and clear the database of mock data, in development.
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Module 4 Introduction
This is an introduction to the work we'll be doing in Module 4.0.
OAuth is an industry-standard authorization protocol that enables applications to obtain limited access to user accounts without giving away any passwords. In this lesson, we'll dive a little deeper explaining what OAuth is and how we intend to use it in our application to help users sign-in with their Google account.
Google Sign-In (OAuth)
In this lesson, we'll create the necessary OAuth credentials from the Google API Console that we'll need to use to set-up Google OAuth in our application.
Google Sign-In GraphQL Fields
We'll begin creating the GraphQL fields that we'll need to help us establish Google OAuth in our application.
Using Google Sign-In & People API
Before we update our GraphQL OAuth resolvers, we'll use Google's official Node.js library to help access and interact with Google APIs.
Building the Authentication Resolvers
We'll continue to update the GraphQL resolver functions we've prepared to allow users to log-in & log-out of our application.
Building the UI for Login
We'll now switch over to work in our React application and have it communicate with the server to allow a user to sign-in via Google OAuth.
Having the UI of the Login page built in our client, we'll investigate how we can make the query for Google Sign In's authentication URL when a user attempts to sign in.
Building the AppHeader & Logout
A user is now able to successfully sign-in from the Login page. In this lesson, we'll spend some time creating the AppHeader component that will help allow users to navigate around our app.
Module 4 Summary
This lesson is a summary of the work we've done in Module 4.0.
Module 16 Pro
Module 5 Introduction
This is an introduction to the work we'll be doing in Module 5.0.