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React Wednesdays is a weekly chat show with the best and brightest from the React world, hosted by TJ VanToll. While we won't be airing new shows for some time as we focus on participating in live dev events, you can always check out the 60+ episode recordings available on demand. That's a real treasure of conversations with React experts waiting to be discovered! 

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Let’s Learn Blitz.js with Brandon Bayer

On this episode of React Wednesdays we welcomed Brandon Bayer (@flybayer), creator of Blitz.js.

Blitz.js is a full-stack framework that’s built on top of Next.js, and inspired by full-stack frameworks like Ruby on Rails. This was pretty exciting as full-stack frameworks have been growing like crazy in the React world lately.

Brandon was awesome and demoed Blitz.js for us, and answered our questions of why you should use Blitz.js over just using Next, and where Blitz.js got its name from.

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March 5, 2021

What’s New in React Query 3 with Tanner Linsley

On this episode of React Wednesdays we welcomed the creator of React Query, Tanner Linsley (@tannerlinsley).

Over the past year, React Query has grown to become one of the most popular state management tools in the React world.

Tanner was awesome enough to demo React Query for us, and to chat about all that's new in the latest version, React Query v3.

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February 26, 2021

Working in Large React Apps with Paige Niedringhaus

Working in large React apps brings up new and fun concerns. Like, how do you organize your files so your team can find things? How do you agree on which dependencies to use? And, how to ensure that tabs versus spaces arguments don’t ruin friendships?

Luckily, on this episode we welcomed Paige Niedringhaus (@pniedri), who has a ton of experience working in large React apps and teams at The Home Depot. Paige shared some tips & tricks she’s learned over the years, and demoed some of her tips for us!


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February 19, 2021

Will Using React for Your Enterprise App Get You Fired?

On this episode of React Wednesdays, we welcomed Dragomir Răzvan (@razvandragomir), author of the recently viral article “I Almost Got Fired for Choosing React in Our Enterprise App”.

We used Dragomir’s article as a guide and chatted about React in the enterprise in general. Like, when is React a good fit and when is it not? What are some good practices to make React work better on large teams? And what recommendations does Dragomir have for developers starting new enterprise projects today?

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February 11, 2021

Let’s Chat About Feature Flags With Flagsmith

On this episode of React Wednesdays, we welcomed the folks from Flagsmith (@GetFlagsmith) to come hang out and demo their service live!

Feature flags are one of those development concepts that seem simple, but can get complex really fast in real-world apps. So much so, that there are entire services devoted to help you manage these flags.

This was also a good way to check out how you use feature flags in your production apps.

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February 4, 2021

Learning Volta With Chuck Pierce

On this episode of React Wednesdays talked with Chuck Pierce (@ChuckAPierce) about Volta, a “hassle-free JavaScript tool manager” that just hit version 1.0.

Volta was interesting to me because it’s built in Rust, which gives it a big speed boost over competing JavaScript tooling options that are almost universally built with JavaScript.

Chuck demoed Volta for us live, and we had the chance to ask questions. Check this out if you’re curious, or if you’ve ever struggled with managing Node.js versions across your applications.

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February 4, 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 Blues Wireless. TJ has over a decade of web development experience, including a few years working on the jQuery and NativeScript teams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathryn Grayson Nanz

Developer Advocate for KendoReact

Kathryn Grayson Nanz is a developer advocate at Progress with a passion for React, UI and design and sharing with the community. She started her career as a graphic designer and was told by her Creative Director to never let anyone find out she could code because she’d be stuck doing it forever. She ignored his warning and has never been happier. You can find her writing, blogging, streaming and tweeting about React, design, UI and more.

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KendoReact Component Library

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

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