Now that we are in the consistent asset pipeline on top of the AWS containers, it all builds nicely and I can rapidly make changes. It is bolted on to the old JQuery-based framework, which has a few strange interactions that I'm still working through. For instance as of the time of this writing, the two nodelets that have been converted over (Vitals and Everything Developer) don't collapse properly. This is because the contents of the nodelets are written by React, but collapsing is managed by JQuery. This wouldn't be a problem except of course of the timing. I have a fix now that I'm sure that React works properly. There's going to be a few bumps along the road, but it's huge progress thus far.
This is one of those changes that appears to be incredibly similar under the hood, even though it is a massive overhaul. These will start to pay visual dividends in the upcoming months as we continue to scrape out the technical debt present in the site. If anyone would like to collaborate on the user interface wireframes in the Fall timeframe, please let me know.
That's all the news that is fit to print, but it is incredibly exciting from the technical captain's chair. As always if you see something broken, file an issue over at GitHub.