ReactEurope 2016 interview #2: Mihail Diordiev

In this 2nd interview, we have the pleasure to learn more about Mihail aka @mdiordiev who is a proficient open source contributor with lots of dev tools work around redux and remote debugging.

He likes to describe himself as a debugging geek who cares too much.

At the conference, Mihail will be talking about “debugging flux applications in production”.

Here is his full interview:

Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from, what do you do?

I’m a full stack developer from Moldova, working on an e-learning (mostly video conference) app for about 3 years now. It is still in a private beta, this fact concerns me a lot and has urged me to explore how to make developing and debugging more productively.

What were you using before React? What made you switch to React?

I was always into vanilla JS avoiding any kind of opinionated frameworks, but it was slowing the developing a lot especially while extending the team. Probably Henrik Joreteg’s “Human JavaScript” book mostly influenced me to switch to Backbone and lately to React as well. Then Jing Chen’s talk about Flux was a big inside, and finally Dan Abramov’s presentation from React Europe was surely a solution for my “frustrations”.

What’s your greatest react projects, open source or not that you’d like to tell the world about?

As I like Redux DevTools a lot, tried to extend it as much as possible with:
Chrome extension with multiple monitors and the ability to deeply customize it on the fly;
Remote Redux DevTools integrating DevTools remotely for React Native, hybrid, desktop and server side Redux apps.
Atom package allowing to have DevTools inside Atom editor.
RemoteDev allowing to use Redux DevTools even for non-Redux apps.
Another open source project, for which I have a lot of plans, is CrossBuilder a solution for different browsers extension API, which simplifies messaging by dispatching redux actions. With the help of community it has become a real “write once, deploy everywhere” concept in practice, allowing to extend a react app not only to a crossbrowser extension, but also to an Electron, Cordova and Chrome app.

What do you expect from the conf?

What I like the most about React is the community, and I wouldn’t want more than meeting all these people, sharing the experience and ideas. And, of course, visiting Paris is another dream which fits well together.

Anything else you want to tell future attendees?

Yet another thing I like a lot about React world is that you always have something new to learn and explore, but sharing knowledge and experience is even more exciting. You should definitely go for it.

There you go, you now know a bit more about Mihail and hopefully you will be able to meet him personally at the conf.

If you haven’t done so, make sure to grab your ticket to the conference before they’re all gone and see you there!

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