verona, october 5th 2018

Michael Jackson

Updates on React Router

Over the past 4 years, React Router has become one of the most widely used pieces of the React ecosystem. Working on React Router was actually how I got my start in React, and it's been incredibly humbling and rewarding to work on something that brings so much value to businesses and to the React community. In this talk, I'll cover the current state of React Router, as well as discuss several new features and updates we have made so the router is ready for React's (async) future!

Sara Vieira

Let's manage our local state with GraphQL.

Apollo has given us freedom and happiness when it comes to managing our data coming from the server but we still had to write code and sometimes a lot of it to manage our local state?

Well, what if we managed it with queries too? Sounds too awesome right?

Let's learn how to do this with apollo-link-state

Ives Van Hoorne

Bridging the gap between design prototyping and code

I will talk about how design prototyping and production code are increasingly operable. I will speculate on what the future can hold in terms of merging design prototypes and production code and what we already can do with the tools we have today.

Manjula Dube

Advanced patterns in building React Components

This talk is going to focus on some advanced patterns in building your react components. More over we do not know what the best way to do things and we end up feeling stressed out. To release your stress let talk you can make use of some patterns that worked for us best and will work for you as well :)

Max Millington

A Reappreciation of Redux: Why my team at PayPal removed Apollo Client and went back to Redux

Keeping up with the JavaScript community can be one of the most difficult yet enjoyable parts of being a frontend developer.

It is not easy to know what will truly deliver lasting value to your development as opposed to what is merely a passing fad or what will fail to live up to its hype. My team at PayPal has been excitedly using GraphQL in many of our new apps. We love the idea of a single endpoint providing frontend developers access to the great multitude of PayPal services.

In our excitement for GraphQL, we also implemented Apollo Client and React Apollo into our app. After all, the boilerplate and heavy weight of Redux has been much maligned, and we saw and easy way to significantly reduce the amount of code we wrote, all the while utilizing the sleek new utility for state management that Apollo Client provided.

However, we soon realized that we had made a mistake and pre-emptively jumped into Apollo Client. The fact of the matter is, Redux is much more than simply state management, and we had failed in our original estimation to fully appreciate what Redux gave our app that Apollo Client simply does not.

This talk will explore why we initially were so excited about Apollo Client and why it was our first choice. It will then explain how Apollo Client fell short of our needs, and why Redux is a significantly better choice for most larger applications. Finally, it will hope to inspire a reappreciation for Redux.

Ovidiu Cherecheş

Testing React Components and Coding with Confidence

Testing should make us confident. Confident that our software does what we think it does, and that it will continue to do so as we pile up features.

But testing UI components rarely breeds confidence. Instead, it often makes us feel angry and unproductive. Let's look the beast in the eye and talk about a set of tools that make testing React components as easy as writing them. We'll learn how to mock component props, state, Redux state, app context from wrapper components, as well as API responses, without copy pasting boilerplate from one test to another.

Luca Matteis

Behavioral Programming with React: request, wait and block

Behavioral programming simplifies the task of dealing with underspecification and conflicting requirements by enabling the addition of software modules that can not only add to but also modify existing behaviors.

In this talk I will describe how Behavioral Programming concepts can be applied to React. Specifically, I will showcase real-world examples and demonstrate how programming using this new paradigm can alleviate some of the issues that arise when programming with large teams. Moreover I will present a library that can be used to program what I call "behavioral components" using this new idiom.

Kristijan 'Kitze' Ristovski

Navigating the hype-driven world of frontend development without going crazy

The obsession to always move on to the latest and greatest, and the fear of missing out while working with tooling that's older than few months is currently dominating the dev world.

Most developers are focused on the wrong things and they're constantly discussing things that don't matter in the long run. Instead of making our workday look like fun and games by inventing tasks that seem challenging to us, we should shift the focus to providing value for the end user.

When we start looking at things in a new way, the FOMO is drastically reduced. In this talk, we're going to explore all the common pitfalls and provide practical solutions for solving this problem once and for all.

Phil Plückthun

Making games and physics work with Reason & Reprocessing

Reprocessing is a new library for Reason, a rather new programming language building on the OCaml + JavaScript ecosystems. It’s a lean wrapper around OpenGL and WebGL and allows truly cross-platform games to be written rather easily.

Reason is great for a whole lot of things, but let me take you through a story of trying to write a 2D physics engine in just under 8 hours (Mistakes were made), what strongly typed languages don’t protect you off, and a vision of what you could build with Reason or Reprocessing. The universal future is coming, and Reason is orienting itself just right with projects like bsb-native.