Open source is for everyone
December 20, 2019
Do you know the feeling of copying some of your helper classes or methods across different
projects and repositories?
Well, I certainly do! But I really don’t like copy paste.
So I thought to myself, why not just create a real npm package, so I can simply
my helper stuff in my own projects. And a sweet little side effect is, that maybe someone else
needs this as well.
I did some polishing first and here it is: @ngehlert/event-helper
For some of my games I needed a lot of
eventListeners (e.g. for keyboard inputs & game
I had a lot of cases where I needed to remove old
eventListeners or have
that are just executed once - and the unregistering is kind of annoying.
EventHelper lets you register events based on a name of your choice. And the event handling
with dedicated names is way simpler.
It also allows you to register
oneTimeEventListener that are just executed once and automatically
unregister themselves after the first execution.
I know this is just a small library and covers probably only some edge cases for very few people.
But I wanted to have something small to get started and to play around with actually publishing
a npm library.
I plan to have more packages in the future, maybe with more complex or refined stuff.
And last but not least I strongly believe that “sharing is caring!”. I think way to many libraries or
plugins don’t get published because people feel the code is not good enough or nobody needs it anyway.
The great thing about open source is, that there is not some validation or code review that you need to
pass, that allows you to publish your library.
If you think it is worth sharing then go for it!
Let me know in the comments if you have ever published a library or what is stopping you from doing it ;)
Personal Blog written by Nicolas Gehlert, software developer from Freiburg im Breisgau. Developer & Papa. Github
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