My 7 key ways to keep my Code Quality Ultra High

  • Seperation of concerns. I don't agree with seperating style and data from the components too much if it's not reusable/redundant, because it will make single features more sparsely spread across the codebase. In my opinion it's better to Seperate by feature.

  • No redundancy: It's very important that you don't have the same code twice. Don't Repeat Yourself (DRY), as most devs call it, is important. In the beginning it can save you some time with an easy copy and paste. However, later it may be difficult to search the things you need, because they are in multiple places, and to change a single 'feature' or UI in more places, you have to change it in every place seperately.

  • Complexity vs. Flexibility: You don't want to create a new component for every single difference. Props in components can be great to make a component more adaptable to the situation it's used in. It's the same as using variables in a function to make it do more tings. However, sometimes the component may become too complex. If this happens, you can either split it up based on naming, or based on type of feature. You can also extrapolate certain parts of the component into props of the main component (Let's call it subcomponents). This is a big advantage because it makes the component incredibly flexible!

  • Good Naming vs. code-speed: Make sure to use good names for functions and components. The more specific, the easier to understand. Don't be lazy and keep the same name for a compnent if it's usage changes! This will prevent a lot of confusion later on. However, you need to find a balance. You're not gonna describe every feature in the name, and change the name every time you add something. This costs more time to write. Find a proper balance.

  • Risk Reduction vs. Time-to maintain: Don't rely too much on external libraries! They may change or break. Unless you know very well who maintains it and unless it's a very stable library, just internalize your components! On the other hand, this will of course also increase the time you spent on maintaining it yourself. If a library is very well maintained and is getting upgrades regularly, it may be a smart move to choose to rely on it and hope they don't fuck up.

  • Reducing Time-to-Context: It surprised me I still had less than 10k lines of code on the client-side, whilst working in this code base over 4 months. The reason for this is probably the following: I read and change my code way more often then I write it. Very often I'm just looking up code because I want to see what's going on. This can be called 'context'. This is what I spend a lot of time on. That's why I need to invest time into creating certain universal patterns and choices. The most important is that I keep the data structured in the same way. This will make it quicker to understand what's going on somewhere, because, after you learn the code base, you will understand patterns you see quickly as they are the same all over the app!

  • Learnability: In the future I want others to work in my codebase too. That's why I need to make the code very easily learnable. For this, a good structure and proper naming, and using common conventions and patterns are very very important. Also it's important to know what the industry knows on average (this changes), and use those things! When choosing a library or technology, this is a very important thing to keep in mind.