ReactEurope 2016 interview #5: Andrew Clark

In this 5th interview, we are getting to know a bit more about Andrew aka @acdlite.

Andrew is a prolific open source contributor to the React.js ecosystem with projects such as recompose, flummox, redux-router and redux. At the conference he will be giving with Dan Abramov a 2-day workshop from May 31st to June 1st.

Andrew will also be giving a talk during the conference about “Recomposing your React application”. Here’s the full interview:

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

I’m a front-end engineer at OpenGov in Redwood City, California. I’m originally from Pensacola, Florida. I moved out here last May.

What were you using before React?

Honestly, my career started with React. I’ve been doing web stuff since I was a kid, but as far as JavaScript libraries go, I had done a little with Backbone but that was it. I feel lucky that my career coincided with the rise of the React community.

What made you switch to React?

I was initially intrigued by the idea of server-side rendering. Flummox, my first big open source project, was originally conceived as a way to do Flux in a server-rendered React app. I also liked how React worked at so many scales — from individual widgets on a page, to full-featured applications.

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

People probably know me best for my contributions to Redux and the Redux community. I also have a project called Recompose that I’m excited about. It provides a suite of higher-order components and utility functions for working with React components. I think it has a lot of potential.

What do you expect from the conf?

Besides hearing from the amazing speakers, I’m most excited to meet all the other attendees. The React community is made up of some of the nicest, smartest, and most interesting people I’ve ever met.

Anything else you want to tell future attendees?

Looking forward to meeting you! Please say hi if you see me.

There you go, you now know a bit more about Andrew 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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