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Weekly Chat Show on Twitch

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 stream 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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React Contexts Getting Out of Hand with Jeremy Ward

On this episode of React Wednesdays, we welcomed Jeremy Ward (@basicBrogrammer), author of When a simple React context gets out of hand

Contexts are one of the fundamental building blocks of React apps, and they’re one of those features that starts simple—just create a context and provider, right?—but can get out of hand in complex applications.

Jeremy showed us techniques for working with contexts at scale, and demoed the guidelines from his blog post!


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April 29, 2021

Working with Dynamic Types in TypeScript with Stefan Baumgartner

If you’re like me, you love using TypeScript in your React apps, but you get confused on how you’re supposed to use types once you get beyond the basics.

But good news! On this episode of React Wednesdays we welcomed in Stefan Baumgartner (@ddprrt), author of TypeScript in 50 Lessons, who taught us some advanced features of TypeScript’s type system, especially around working with dynamic static typing.

This is a great one to check out if you like TypeScript and want to learn how to use it more effectively in your React apps.

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April 22, 2021

Let’s Learn Snowpack with Fred Schott

On this episode of React Wednesdays we were joined by Fred K. Schott (@FredKSchott) to chat about Snowpack.

Snowpack is a build tool that’s meant to be a simpler alternative to more complex bundlers like webpack for development workflows. It uses JavaScript’s native module system, which helps it run fast during development.

Fred showed us how it all worked with a live demo of Snowpack in action. I’d highly recommend any JavaScript developer check this one out, as everyone needs to bundle code, and Snowpack is a compelling way to do so. It’s fast 🔥

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April 8, 2021

Learning Recoil with David McCabe

On this episode of React Wednesdays we welcomed David McCabe (@mcc_abe) - UI engineer at Facebook, and author of Recoil.

Recoil is an experimental set of utilities for state management with React, and it focuses pretty heavily on helping you manage state across components.

David did an awesome demo of Recoil for us, and now you can see it in action as well!

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April 1, 2021

Building Gatsby Documentation and Demos with Kiril Peyanski

On this episode of React Wednesdays we explored Gatsby, a popular framework for building static React apps!

Our guest was Kiril Peyanski (@kspeyanski), a Senior Software Engineer at Progress, and the go-to person for all things Gatsby!

Kiril showed us some advanced Gatsby workflows that he's learned from building the infrastructure that drives the KendoReact documentation system—including how to take advantage of the Gatsby plugin ecosystem, and how to embed complex demos.

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March 25, 2021

Remotion, a React Framework for Making Videos

On this episode of React Wednesdays, we welcomed Jonny Burger - the creator of Remotion - an awesome library that lets you create videos with React!

Jonny shared how it all works and was awesome to give us a demo! 

If you’ve ever wanted to create a video with React, or if you’re just curious about how it all works, then this the place to learn that!

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March 18, 2021

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

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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React Wednesdays is presented by KendoReact. Designed and built from the ground up specifically for React, KendoReact can augment any existing UI stack. Its 100+ feature-rich components and advanced functionality make it the perfect suite to standardize on.

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