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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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Building Native Audio Apps in JS With Nick Thompson

If you’re ever had the misfortune of working with native audio apps, you’re probably familiar with C++ and pain. But that might be changing due to Elementary Audio, a new project that makes native audio APIs accessible to JavaScript developers.

And who better to show us how it all works than the project’s author, Nick Thompson. On this episode Nick will explain what the project is, and then demo a few examples for us live.

Join us! And bring questions about building audio applications.

Wednesday, August 4th

Let’s Learn Solid JS With Ryan Carniato

On this episode of React Wednesdays we’re welcoming in Ryan Carniato, a member of the Marko team at eBay, and the author of Solid JS.

Solid is a declarative, efficient, and flexible JavaScript library for building user interfaces. It has some features that are similar to React (component model, hooks), but also some that are quite different—for example Solid doesn’t use a virtual DOM.

Ryan will demo Solid for us, and we’ll discuss how why React developers might want to check out Solid. This should be a fun one as Solid is growing in popularity, and I’m curious to see it in action. Join us!

Wednesday, August 11th

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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

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

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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KendoReact

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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