The Valley of Palaces and Gardens

There is a big valley in Silesia region surrounding Jelenia Góra city. In the 19th century, the lovely landscape attracted the Prussian high nobility, which built magnificent palaces, manors and parks. The enormous number of stately homes turned the valley into one of the most important garden landscapes in the Middle Europe. This is where well-known European families: the Habsburgs, Hohenzollerns, Schaffgotschs, Czartoryski or Radzivills built their residences. Some of those monumental buildings have survived till this day. They have been recently restored and made available to the tourists, giving a unique opportunity to travel back in time. This includes palaces in Łomnica, Wojanów, Pakoszów or Karpniki which I visited in the past week with unspeakable pleasure.

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United States customary units

They still didn’t switch to the metric system in the United States. They are using non-metric, archaic Imperial system of weights and measures. I collected some hints which are helpful where you need to convert units from one system to another.

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Current state of Progressive Web Apps

I have recently spent some time investigating the current state of Progressive Web Apps (PWA). Some of you may be wondering what hides behind yet another buzzword originally proposed by Google in 2015? This is an umbrella term for certain technologies that go together to produce an app-like experience on the web. This is how it is advertised by Google on their landing page:

A new way to deliver amazing user experiences on the web.

Progressive Web Apps are user experiences that have the reach of the web, and are:

  • Reliable – Load instantly and never show the downasaur, even in uncertain network conditions.
  • Fast – Respond quickly to user interactions with silky smooth animations and no janky scrolling.
  • Engaging – Feel like a natural app on the device, with an immersive user experience.

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ReactJS Wrocław meetup #7

In September of this year, I experienced my first exposure to the art of public speaking. I gave a talk at ReactJS Wrocław #7 meetup. I already published my presentation on my blog and you can find it here. I’m glad that I decided to share my lessons learned while working on the Calypso project. I’m satisfied with the topic I picked, but I’m afraid I could do a way better job explaining code examples I presented. It looks like I’m going to have plenty of opportunities to work on projects based on React in the upcoming year. I’m looking forward to it and I hope to find another excuse to speak to the audience again.

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Exploring functional JavaScript

I started exploring functional programming (FP) concepts over a year ago. I have already shared my initial learning materials in one of the previous posts. It was only the beginning of my journey and today I would like to give you a much more detailed update on that topic. I picked the most interesting resources I discovered in the recent months. They helped me understand how functional programming can improve the developer’s experience when you work with JavaScript.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

At Automattic we are encouraged to consider a team switch from time to time. Team switches help to bring fresh perspective to different projects the company is working on and provide opportunities to learn new skills. I decided to take advantage of this chance and joined team Amber in the middle of October. The timing could not be better, only a few days later I was invited to join my new team mates in Dubrovnik to work on get.blog – domain name registrar for .blog domains.

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Sal, Cape Verde

Cape Verde, officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. Sal is home to some of the best beaches in Cape Verde, and Santa Maria is where you’ll find clean white sands stretching off to the horizon in either direction. The island is 35 km long by 12 km wide, so you can explore it even during one day. It’s name translated from Portuguese means literally salt and comes from the mines at Pedra de Lume.

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