tl;dr I’m overwhelmed and out of time so I’m turning everything over to Dias Bruno as I step away from React Modal.

React Modal has been a major part of my life for the past little while. When I first started working at Instructure, one of my first tasks was to work on a new UI for the Files portion of the Canvas LMS. It was the first thing that Canvas had that was written in React. It was definitely an exciting time to be there and to work on things. We were early users of React Router, especially because Ryan Florence was working with us at the time. There came a point when we needed an accessible modal component for a file preview feature I was working on. …

I was really excited to have the opportunity to attend React Rally this year. My employer, Instructure, was super awesome, not only did the sponsor a portion of the conference, but they also sent me to it :).

This was my first year attending and the second year of the conference. I’ve been to other tech conferences and I’ve never been as impressed as with this one. The speakers, venue, swag, and evening activities were all stellar. I’ll break down my review into each of those categories.


As a single track conference you always run the risk of being in the room for a presentation you didn’t care for. I’ll be honest there were a couple that I zoned out during, but for the most park speaker selection was awesome. There were several Facebook employees (mostly from the React team) that spoke and gave great insight into React. There was extreme diversity in speaking. I was impressed with the number of presentations that came from women in tech. I especially enjoyed Marcy Sutton’s presentation about accessibility, Ryan Florence’s presentation about rethinking things, and many many more. …

During 2014, I accomplished a lot of things in my life that were goals I have had for quite sometime. …


Clay Diffrient

Software Engineer @ Instructure, originally from Mississippi now in Utah, JavaScript Enthusiast, Father, and I’m a Mormon.

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