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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 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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React Wednesdays: Learning Astro with Nate Moore

On this episode of React Wednesdays, we explored Astro - a modern static site builder that allows you to use React (and any other framework) while shipping bare-minimum client-side JavaScript.

Nate Moore from Astro demonstrated how to use Astro with your existing React components and discussed Astro's forthcoming WASM-powered compiler.

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August 27, 2021

React Wednesdays: Let’s Learn Solid JS

On this episode of React Wednesdays, we welcomed 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 demoed Solid for us, and discussed how and why React developers might want to check out Solid.

This was a fun one as Solid is growing in popularity, and we're curious to see it in action.

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August 16, 2021

React Wednesdays: Building Native Audio Apps in JS

On this episode of React Wednesdays, we welcomed Nick Thompson, author of Elementary Audio, a new project that makes native audio APIs accessible to JavaScript developers.

Nick explained what the project is, and then demoed a few awesome examples for us.

If you’ve 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!

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August 6, 2021

React Wednesdays: Let’s Try GitHub Copilot Together

On this episode of React Wednesdays we tried out GitHub Copilot, a fascinating new tool that uses AI to give you suggestions on the code you need to write.

And to help us try it out we invited back Paige Niedringhaus (@pniedri), a staff software engineer at Blues Wireless that’s going to help us discover all the crazy things Copilot can do.

 

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July 16, 2021

React Wednesday: DOM APIs for React Developers

Libraries like React abstract away DOM APIs so that you rarely ever have to deal with them. And while that’s mostly a good thing, knowing how the DOM APIs work can have some real benefits—for example when you need to write code that works on any app regardless of framework.

On this episode of React Wednesdays, TJ VanToll gave a hands-on demo of the most popular DOM APIs and showed how to select DOM nodes, move DOM nodes, attach event listeners, and more.


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July 2, 2021

React Wednesdays: Rewriting a JS Library That Runs on a Billion Devices

On this episode of React Wednesdays we welcomed Netto Farah (@nettofarah), who helped rewrite an 8-year-old JavaScript analytics library that runs on billion devices every day.

Netto’s writeup on the rewrite is pretty amazing, and includes details like testing JavaScript on a Nintendo Wii, and how they went about testing on 160 different client-side destinations.

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June 25, 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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