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React Wednesdays
All-Day Edition

June 2nd, 2021

A full day of fun and learning
with React experts

  • Live coding from familiar names and faces from around the React world
  • Hang out and chat with React experts
  • 100% free and live streamed to Twitch
  • Based on React Wednesdays, a weekly show we’ve been running on Twitch for the last year.
  • Sessions on testing, data management, full-stack frameworks, programming concepts, bundling, deployment, and more.

Meet our speakers

02 June

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM (ET)

Modernizing Enterprise React Apps

Paige Niedringhaus
Paige Niedringhaus Senior Software Engineer, The Home Depot
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Large React apps can be tricky to maintain, especially when you work in a corporate setting, and with a lot of other developers. But that maintenance is also important, as you want to make sure your apps remain performant, and that you retain your sanity.

Luckily, Paige Niedringhaus (@pniedri) is joining us to share tips & tricks she’s learned from working in enterprise React apps at The Home Depot, and will demo some of them for us live. This is a great one for any React developer at a large company to check out.

02 June

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)

Guided Tour of React State Management

Dave Ceddia
Dave Ceddia Developer, blogger, Egghead instructor
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The React ecosystem is full of libraries (and opinions!) about how best to manage state in your apps. From plain React state, to Context, to Redux, to MobX, to specialized libraries like XState and react-query... there is no shortage of options.

Which is why we’re welcoming Dave Ceddia (@dceddia), author of React State Management Libraries and How to Choose to give us some practical advice. Dave will compare and contrast a few of the most popular choices to help you decide what to use in your own apps.

02 June

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM (ET)

Testing Library

Kent C. Dodds
Kent C. Dodds JavaScript Engineer and Trainer
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This should be a fun one, as Kent C. Dodds (@kentcdodds) is joining us to talk us about Testing Library, and to give us a live demo. You should bring fun questions, like, how did you come up with the name Testing Library? Maybe bring some real questions too, as Testing Library is a pretty powerful library you’re probably using in production.

02 June

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM (ET)

How Do Serverless Functions and the Jamstack Power up Your React Apps?

Jason Lengstorf
Jason Lengstorf Principal Developer Experience Engineer, Netlify
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Legend has it that if you say “Jamstack” three times and click your heels together, someone from Netlify will apparate to give you an awesome Jamstack talk. So we did that and got the amazing Jason Lengstorf ( @jlengstorf), host of Learn With Jason, and creator of the coolest menu I’ve ever seen (it’s in the top-right corner).

In this session, Jason will live code a React app and a custom serverless API from scratch *and* deploy it to production to show you how productive you can be with an optimized tech stack. This one is a great one to check out if you want to see just how productive you can be with the Jamstack and serverless functions.


02 June

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM (ET)

Advanced GraphQL

Eve Porcello
Eve Porcello Software engineer, author, co-founder of Moon Highway
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GraphQL is one of the fastest growing technologies in the front-end and React worlds. And who better to teach us about it than Eve Porcello (@eveporcello), author of Learning GraphQL, as well as this pretty awesome GraphQL workshop.

Eve is actually a previous guest of React Wednesdays. The first time around she taught us the basics of GraphQL, so this time around she’s getting into some more advanced GraphQL content—including new GraphQL features like defer and stream.

02 June

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)

Modern Redux with Redux Toolkit

Mark Erikson
Mark Erikson Redux maintainer
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Redux Toolkit is the official, opinionated, batteries-included toolset for efficient Redux development. And who better to show us how it works than Mark Erikson (@acmemarke), long-time Redux maintainer and avid blogger about all things web development. I’m excited for this one because I think an opinionated toolset for Redux has a ton of potential, and I want to see it in action.

Meet our 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

Lead Product Marketing Manager

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 heads up marketing for Blues Wireless—the fastest path to build cellular IoT products.

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