React Wednesdays

Live Chats, Coding, and Fun

Wednesdays at 1:00 PM ET |

React Wednesdays is a weekly chat show with the best and brightest from the React world—plus me, TJ. The chats are all live, so join us and ask questions in real time! You’ll have more fun with us than you’ll have in your Q3 planning meeting—unless your Q3 planning meeting is surprisingly engrossing or something.

New episodes are live every Wednesday at 1:00 PM US Eastern time. You can add React Wednesdays to your calendar using the link below, or, if you’re cool—and only if you’re cool—you can follow us on Twitch so you get push notifications and stuff.

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Upcoming Shows:

  • React Native for macOS with Kiki Saintonge

    📆 Wednesday, August 12th 📆

    We’ll be chatting with Kiki Saintonge (@kikisaintonge), the product manager of React Native for Windows + macOS. We’ll ask React Native for Windows + macOS even is, why you’d want to use it, and why Microsoft would be working on React Native for macOS—because, I mean, I want to know.

    📹 Join us live! 📹

  • Let’s Talk UI Components w/the React Spectrum Team

    📆 Wednesday, August 19th 📆

    On this episode we’ll chat with members of the React Spectrum, a new suite of React components from Adobe.

    Awkwardness alert! Here at Progress we also make React UI components, in the form of KendoReact, so expect either a highly confrontational stream where only one set of UI components survives, or a civilized discussion of the challenges of building UI for React in 2020. If you don’t show up you won’t know which it’ll be, and it will be your fault.

    📹 Join us live! 📹

  • Making Sense of Concurrent Mode and the React Scheduler With Matan Borenkraout

    📆 Wednesday, August 26th 📆

    On this episode we’ll chat with Matan Borenkraout (@matanbobi) about things I don’t understand in React—namely React concurrent mode and whatever the React scheduler is. Matan is good at this stuff because he wrote a blog post that includes “hidden magic” in the title, and anyone that knows about hidden magic has to be interesting.

    I will make him share his secrets. I have a very particular set of skills.

    📹 Join us live! 📹

Past Shows:

Check out previous episodes of React Wednesdays—they’re all available on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

  • Flipper for React Native with Zain Sajjad & Shannon Hicks

    In this episode we asked Zain Sajjad (@zsajjad93) to show us Flipper, a React Native debugging tool that couldn’t possibly be bad because its logo is a dolphin. Shannon Hicks (@iotashan) joined us because he’s good at React Native, and having a person good at React Native is just good life advice in general.

  • Scaling Open Source Sanely With Dan Skaggs

    In this episode we chatted with Dan Skaggs (@dskaggs) about using tooling and processes commonly found in public, open-source projects to effectively scale your engineering organization—including the innersource philosophy. We touched on using a monorepo, talked about how the various dev teams interact, and some challenges as the number of engineers and teams grow. We also talked about some critical pieces to the culture you put in place to ensure all engineers feel comfortable operating this way.

  • Monorepos, webpack, and Kevin with Salem Hilal

    In this episode we chatted with Salem Hilal (@technoheads) about how Etsy does React. Specifically, Etsy uses a monorepo, and we talked about how in the world that works. We also talked about Kevin, which is a tool to help you with webpack, and not a person. Well, I mean, there are people named Kevin too, but we weren’t concerned with them for this episode.

  • Be a Speaker with Nathan Smith and Cory Webb

    We chatted with Nathan Smith (@nathansmith) and Cory Webb (@corywebb) about Be a Speaker, a React-built service for connecting speakers and conference organizers.

  • An Interview With the Creators of Realize

    We spoke with the creators of Realize, a new debugging tool that allows React developers to view their component tree and state. The tool is a Chrome and Firefox extension, so we also spent some time discussing the “fun” parts of building browser extensions 🙂

  • React in the Enterprise with Michael Labriola

    In this episode we talked with Michael Labriola (@mlabriola) about React in the enterprise world. Specifically we discussed state management, CSS handling, dependency management, and in general how things just work differently in an enterprise environment.

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

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.



React Wednesdays is presented by KendoReact. Designed and built from the ground up specifically for React, KendoReact can augment any existing UI stack. Its 80+ feature-rich components and advanced functionality make it the perfect suite to standardize on.