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React Wednesdays is a weekly chat show with the best and brightest from the React world, hosted by KendoReact Developer Advocate TJ VanToll. New episodes go live every Wednesday at 1:00 PM Eastern US time. You can add React Wednesdays to your Google calendar to get reminders for upcoming episodes.

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An Introduction to React NativeScript With Jamie Birch

On this episode of React Wednesday we chatted with Jamie Birch (@linguabrowse), the author of React NativeScript. React NativeScript is a React renderer for NativeScript, which provides an alternative to React Native for building truly native iOS and Android apps using React.

We discussed what React NativeScript is and how it’s different than React Native. Then Jamie did a live demo that showed off React NativeScript in action. We had some fun building an iOS app, enabling dark mode, and struggling to remember exactly how setInterval works 🙂

This one is a great one to check out if you need to build iOS and Android apps using React.

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January 12, 2021

Let’s Build Something Fun With KendoReact

On this episode we took some time to play with KendoReact, a premium UI library for React with 80+ components. We started by chatting about where KendoReact is a good fit, and then went through a demo of the most popular UI components.

This is a good one to watch if you’re curious what KendoReact does, and want to see components like the grid in action.

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January 5, 2021

XState and JavaScript State Machines With David Khourshid

On this episode we were joined by David Khourshid (@davidkpiano), a software developer at Microsoft, and the author of XState.

David explained what state machines are, how they can help with common app development problems, and how XState provides a series of APIs and tools to make it easy to get started.

This is a great episode if you’ve ever wondered what state machines are, or how you could pragmatically start to incorporate them into your app development.

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December 9, 2020

Comparing Webpack, Rollup, Parcel, and More with Zain Sajjad

This is a history-making episode, as Zain Sajjad (@zsajjad93) became our first ever returning featured guest. In Zain’s first appearance he showed us Flipper, a debugging tool for React Native.

This time Zain is tackled something way easier: a comprehensive comparison of webpack, Rollup, Parcel, and—as he put it—“some extra bundlers to make it more interesting”. Zain does awesome demos, so you’ll want to check this one out—especially if bundlers confuse you as much as they do me.

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November 24, 2020

What I Learned Modularizing Underscore with Julian Gonggrijp

On this episode of React Wednesdays we welcomed Julian Gonggrijp (@juliangonggrijp), a Netherlands-based developer that recently implemented a major modularization update to Underscore.js.

Julian talked about why the changes were necessary, how he went about doing them, and what he feels is the best way to use Underscore today. We also chatted about why Underscore is still necessary, and Julian has a surprisingly good answer 🙂

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November 23, 2020

Breaking Up Big Apps with Michael Labriola

React is great at helping you build large apps, and as such, the framework is used to create some of the most complex applications on the web today. But size creates problems, and keeping your app loading quickly as it grows is a real challenge.

To help you with this, on this episode of React Wednesdays we welcomed back Michael Labriola (@mlabriola), who covered a variety of techniques for helping you break up your applications.

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November 9, 2020

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

Director of Marketing and Developer Relations

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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React Wednesdays is presented by KendoReact. Designed and built from the ground up specifically for React, KendoReact can augment any existing UI stack. Its 90+ feature-rich components and advanced functionality make it the perfect suite to standardize on.

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