Benny Powers

Coding is as much a matter of personal growth as it is of logic and control-flow. I keep patience, cu...  
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2021

Oct 04, 2021
Oct 04, 2021
Started a new role at Red Hat

First Day at Red Hat


Excited to join Red Hat as Principal Front-End Developer. πŸŽ‰ What a dream-come-true!

By the end of the day I managed to do the lion's share of IT onboarding, even got fish shell installed on my laptop. Looking forward to learning about the job and the team.


Principal Front-End Developer, Red Hat
Sep 13, 2021
Sep 13, 2021
Accepted Job Offer
Joined Red Hat

Joining Red Hat

Growing up in Toronto, my family used to visit our friends the Ushers each year for Passover seder. As kids, my sister and I would thrill to find the Afikoman - a hidden piece of matzah children usually compete to find, often cashing it in for sweet prizes from the adults. By my teen years, I was already too old to expect candy and toys, but what can we do - the afikoman search had to go on. So one year, Mr. Usher asked a victorious young me which charity he should donate the 'afikoman gelt' to. I had spent that year soaking up the GNU manifesto, delighting in Knoppix ISOs, and cheering the rise of the open web, so it didn't take me long to answer: I asked him to donate to the Free Software Foundation.
Fast forward to today...

It's a delight to announce that I'm joining Red Hat as a Principal Front-End Developer, working on web components, starting after the Sukkot holiday. I was too excited to wait for the fedora to ship, so I went downtown and got myself a red kippah :D

The idea of writing open-source software for a living, & web components at that, is just flabbergasting. It's an incredible privilege & a wonderful opportunity. I owe many thanks to too many people to list here, although I've been in touch with you privately already - Thank you!
Principal Front-End Developer, Red Hat
Aug 02, 2021
Aug 02, 2021
Contributed to open source
Wrote HTML
Used GraphQL
Wrote an article
Wrote JavaScript
Wrote CSS
Released a npm package
+ 5

The Next Evolution of GraphQL Front Ends

πŸ“¦ 🚚 πŸš€ It's release day! πŸŽ† ✨ πŸ₯³


Super pleased to announce the next major release of Apollo Elements packages including:

- Reactive Controllers for Lit and other libraries
- atomico.js support
- FAST behaviours
- GraphQL-in-HTML elements with dynamic templates
- and many more features.

Check out the blog post linked here for more info including live demos.
Jul 27, 2021
Jul 27, 2021
Wrote an article
Wrote TypeScript

Narrowing the Type of Class Accessors


In which the author deftly twists out of `tsc`'s iron headlock.

https://dev.to/bennypowers/narrowing-the-type-of-class-accessors-bi8
Jul 21, 2021
Jul 21, 2021
Contributed to open source
Wrote TypeScript
Published an NPM Package
Used GraphQL
+ 2

@apollo-elements/fast

GraphQL Behaviors for Microsoft FASTElement
Jul 13, 2021
Jul 13, 2021
Wrote JavaScript
Used GraphQL
Contributed to open source
Published an NPM Package
+ 2

@apollo-elements/atomico


Functional hooks + web components + GraphQL = happy devs
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