January 13th, 2021 × #react#javascript#webdev

Reactathon LIVE

Live podcast episode recorded at Reactathon 2020 conference. Scott and Wes discuss React wishlist items, play JS or Nay guessing game, share JavaScript hot takes from Twitter, and answer audience questions.


In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes are coming at you live from Reactathon with audience-favorite segments including All I Want for Christmas in React, JS or Nay-s (or Both), Overrated / Underrated, Hot Take Tweets, Listener Questions, and more!

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Show Notes

04:17 - All I Want for Christmas in React is:

  • Suspense for data fetching
  • On mount animations
    • Unmount for me
  • Single file components
  • preventDefault shortcut
  • Input to state mapping

09:45 - JS or Nay-s (or Both)

  • Shout out to Pigeonhole
  • Graphene - 1) Carbon atoms organized in a hexagonal lattice, or 2) An opinionated Python library for building GraphQL Libraries in Python?
  • Floodlight - 1) A super simple syntax highlighter for XHTML documents, or 2) a large light used to illuminate dark outdoor spaces?
  • Toy Machine - 1) An early 2000s skate brand, or 2) A Vue-based GUI for creating state machines?
  • Joplin - 1) A free, open-source note taking and to-do application based on markdown, or 2) A city in the northwestern corner of Missouri?
  • Noco - 1) A JavaScript library that connects to No Code tools including bubble.io, or 2) A smart car battery maintainer & charger?
  • Innr - 1) A smart lightbulb, or 2) A CSS in JS library for selecting parent selectors?
  • Cabkoma Strand - 1) A thermoplastic carbon fiber composite rod used in modern buildings, or 2) A Redux-like state management library for Svelte?
  • Sputnik V - 1) Code name for the upcoming WordPress release with built-in headless CMS mode, or 2) A non-replicating viral vector COVID-19 vaccine?

18:44 - Overrated / Underrated

27:49 - Hot Take Tweets

34:34 - Listener Questions

  • Q: If you recently started doing web dev work, which career path would you choose - startup, FANG, or freelance?
  • Q: TypeScript all the things?
  • Q: What do you do to keep up with the latest and greatest changes in tech - front-end libraries, new languages, etc.?
  • Q: Can you share some exclusive BBQ tips?
  • Q: What do you expect of Blitz.js in the next few years?
  • Q: What's the first node module you install in a brand new React project besides React itself?
  • Q: Thoughts on using languages other than JS and TS with React like Kotlin?
  • Q: Do you have an approach for optimizing hi-res images that are stored in your back-end, like S3 for your Gatsby website?


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