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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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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

Live Coding a Demo Dashboard into a Real-World App

Ever work through a tutorial for some impressive React app, but once you try to turn it into something “real”, you keep running into wall after wall of unanticipated complexity? Us too.

On this episode, we welcomed Christian Pillsbury (@cjpillsbury), who took us through a demo React dashboard app with static data, and iteratively migrated it to use a RESTful API, and used some cool tech like react-query, suspense, error boundaries and more.

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November 9, 2020

Making Authentication Easy with useAuth with Swizec Teller

On this episode of React Wednesdays we were joined by Swizec Teller (@swizec) to talk about an app requirement most developers hate—authentication. We talked about why auth is hard, and looked at Swizec’s useAuth project, which aims to make authentication as easy as possible.

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November 9, 2020

React Unit Testing Workflows with Eric Elliott

This was a fun one, as the one and only Eric Elliott (@_ericelliott) joined us to share his knowledge about all things unit testing. Eric Elliott is a Technology Product and Platform Advisor and the author of “Composing Software”. As co-founder of EricElliottJS.com and DevAnywhere.io, he teaches developers essential software development skills. He enjoys a remote lifestyle with the most beautiful woman in the world.

Eric and his team introduced us to his preferred unit testing workflow, and demoed it to us live. Check it out!

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November 9, 2020

React Mental Models with Obed Parlapiano

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) showed 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 explained his thought process behind them to us live.

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November 9, 2020

Making React Native Fast With Hermes

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 asked 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.

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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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