John Polacek

Chicago Web Developer

John Polacek is a lead web developer from Chicago who does frontend at Howl

Follow me at @johnpolacek

The Death of Flash, the Rise of React and What’s Next

Me wearing Adobe Flash User Group T-Shirt from 2010

A bit over 10 years ago, I was a Flash developer. We were in high demand in those days. We were building RIAs, aka Rich Internet Applications, that delivered snappy animations, all manner of graphics and fonts in a single page experience that made computer fans accelerate all over the internet..

Trick or Treat It Forward

My kids posing in front of our house with signs for Trick or Treat It Forward

Halloween is tricky this year so we are doing something different this year. A family project we call Trick or Treat It Forward with donations going to Lakeview Pantry, Chicago’s largest food pantry. Check out the demo site.

Growth Areas for a Software Developer

5 Growth Areas for a Software Developer

I’ve been interested in using Next.js and MDX to take a README markdown file in a Github project and transforming it into something interesting. So I wrote up a markdown document and published it at

Use Prettier and Stop Worrying About Code Formatting

I used to be a 4-space tabber. I remember caring enough to use my text editor to convert 2-space to code to 4-space whenever I ran across it. Then I started using Prettier.

How to Use Your on Your Project’s Docs Page

You have a project. You want to make a Docs Page. You already wrote documentation in Do you need to have two copies of your ReadMe? Heck no! Here is a quick tip on how to use the content from your README on your project’s docs page.