React Wednesdays

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React Wednesdays is a weekly chat show with the best and brightest from the React world—plus me, TJ. The chats are all live, so join us and ask questions in real time! You’ll have more fun with us than you’ll have in your Q3 planning meeting—unless your Q3 planning meeting is surprisingly engrossing or something.

New episodes are live every Wednesday at 1:00 PM US Eastern time. You can add React Wednesdays to your calendar using the link below, or, if you’re cool—and only if you’re cool—you can follow us on Twitch so you get push notifications and stuff.

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Upcoming Shows:

  • React Mental Models with Obed Parlapiano

    📆 Wednesday, September 23rd 📆

    My favorite thing about React is that every API is simple and there’s almost no complexity. Ok, maybe not. In reality, all of us have struggled to master concepts that are important to build the apps we need to build—whether those concepts are React features like props, state or hooks, or JavaScript features like closures and destructuring.

    On this episode Obed Parlapiano (@ObedParla) will show us a useful method for learning new concepts and teaching them to others—mental models. Obed has created an impressive collection of React mental models, and he’ll be explaining his thought process behind them to us live.

    📹 Join us live! 📹

  • React Unit Testing Workflows with Eric Elliott

    📆 Wednesday, October 7th 📆

    This should be a fun one, as the one and only Eric Elliott (@_ericelliott) is joining us to share his knowledge about all things unit testing. Eric is a Technology Product and Platform Advisor and the author of “Composing Software”. As co-founder of and, he teaches developers essential software development skills.

    Eric is a big proponent of unit testing and test-driven development, so I plan to lie to him about how thoroughly I test my own React code. I can keep a pretty straight face.

    📹 Join us live! 📹

Past Shows:

Check out previous episodes of React Wednesdays—they’re all available on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

  • Making React Native Fast With Hermes

    📆 Wednesday, September 16th 📆

    On this episode we chatted with Parashuram (@nparashuram) from Facebook. Parashuram is an engineering manager on Oculus, where he works on the React Native companion app, and on the headset itself, using React VR.

    As part of that work, Parashuram gets to play with Hermes, the JavaScript engine designed to help React Native apps start up fast. I asedk Parashuram important questions, like “Is working on VR as awesome as it sounds?”, and, “How can I be cool like you when I grow up?” I asked questions about Hermes too. And we got to see a really cool demo of a new Hermes profiler.

  • React Native and Dual-Screen Devices

    📆 Wednesday, September 9th 📆

    Are you fascinated by phones with two screens? Have you ever wondered about what it’s like to build an app these devices? Are you very confused by folding phones and want to see one live?

    If you answered yes to at least one of those questions—we’ve got a stream for you! On this episode we welcomed Craig Dunn and Keil Aloia from the Microsoft Surface Duo team. Crag and Keil demoed what it’s like to build React Native apps for the Duo, and then we asked them a bunch of questions—like, what is Android doing to help support dual-screen devices?

  • Let’s Make Remote Work Suck 45% Less

    📆 Wednesday, September 2nd 📆

    On this episode we solved remote working. Maybe. Or perhaps we had an interesting chat with Dan DiGangi (@dandigangi), Rob Ocel (@robocell) and Dan Skaggs (@dskaggs)—people that have either worked remote, managed remote workers, or both. We shared tips & tricks we’ve learned—like how to make friends with that squirrel you’ve been watching outside your window for the last five months.

  • Making Sense of Concurrent Mode and the React Scheduler With Matan Borenkraout

    📆 Wednesday, August 26th 📆

    On this episode we’ll chatted with Matan Borenkraout (@matanbobi) about React concurrent mode, the React scheduler APIs, and some of the new browser APIs for handling concurrency. Matan is good at this stuff because he wrote a blog post that includes “hidden magic” in the title, and anyone that knows about hidden magic has to be interesting.

  • Let’s Talk UI Components w/the React Spectrum Team

    📆 Wednesday, August 19th 📆

    On this episode we chatted with members of the React Spectrum, a new suite of React components from Adobe. We looked at what Spectrum is like today, and what Adobe has planned for their components and design systems.

  • React Native for macOS with Kiki Saintonge

    📆 Wednesday, August 12th 📆

    In this episode we talked with Kiki Saintonge (@kikisaintonge), the product manager of React Native for Windows + macOS. We asked what React Native for Windows + macOS even is, why you’d want to use it, and why Microsoft would be working on React Native for macOS.

  • Flipper for React Native with Zain Sajjad & Shannon Hicks

    In this episode we asked Zain Sajjad (@zsajjad93) to show us Flipper, a React Native debugging tool that couldn’t possibly be bad because its logo is a dolphin. Shannon Hicks (@iotashan) joined us because he’s good at React Native, and having a person good at React Native is just good life advice in general.

  • Scaling Open Source Sanely With Dan Skaggs

    In this episode we chatted with Dan Skaggs (@dskaggs) about using tooling and processes commonly found in public, open-source projects to effectively scale your engineering organization—including the innersource philosophy. We touched on using a monorepo, talked about how the various dev teams interact, and some challenges as the number of engineers and teams grow. We also talked about some critical pieces to the culture you put in place to ensure all engineers feel comfortable operating this way.

  • Monorepos, webpack, and Kevin with Salem Hilal

    In this episode we chatted with Salem Hilal (@technoheads) about how Etsy does React. Specifically, Etsy uses a monorepo, and we talked about how in the world that works. We also talked about Kevin, which is a tool to help you with webpack, and not a person. Well, I mean, there are people named Kevin too, but we weren’t concerned with them for this episode.

  • Be a Speaker with Nathan Smith and Cory Webb

    We chatted with Nathan Smith (@nathansmith) and Cory Webb (@corywebb) about Be a Speaker, a React-built service for connecting speakers and conference organizers.

  • An Interview With the Creators of Realize

    We spoke with the creators of Realize, a new debugging tool that allows React developers to view their component tree and state. The tool is a Chrome and Firefox extension, so we also spent some time discussing the “fun” parts of building browser extensions 🙂

  • React in the Enterprise with Michael Labriola

    In this episode we talked with Michael Labriola (@mlabriola) about React in the enterprise world. Specifically we discussed state management, CSS handling, dependency management, and in general how things just work differently in an enterprise environment.

About your hosts:

TJ VanToll 

TJ VanToll
Principal Developer Advocate

TJ VanToll is a front-end developer, author, and a Principal Developer Advocate for Progress. TJ has over a decade of web development experience, including a few years working on the jQuery and NativeScript teams. Nowadays he helps web developers build awesome UIs with KendoReact.

Dan Wilson 

Dan Wilson

Dan has extensive experience growing technology focused products and services. He got his first taste of fast-moving bleeding edge tech when he joined his first start-up in 1999 as a software developer.  Now Dan works with Digital Primates where they help companies modernize applications and skills with Enterprise JavaScript and React.



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