React Advanced: The Tiniest Recap — See What You’ve Missed
React Advanced Overview
React Advanced chose an amazingly artistic neighborhood for the venue, East London, the powerhouse of creativity, passion, and underground culture with lots of galleries and graffiti with the famous Banksy just around the corner in a small car park on Chrisp Street (although, not the best Banksy you could get in London, but still gives you an idea of how East London is literally packed with buildings painted and ‘vandalized’ by all sorts of vivid colors). Oval Space, the kernel of Bethnal Green, with incredible and awe-inspiring panoramic views over the iconic decommissioned Bethnal Green gasholders, was chosen for its ultramodern event setup and artistic ambiance, to be the very best home for React Advanced.
Outside Oval Space
The conference started as soon as the commotion died down with Ken Wheeler hopping on the stage to talk Performance. Knowing Ken on social media, you’d imagine he would be a loud crazy American (which he actually is), but on stage, it’s like he was baptized, converted, and werewolved into a nice little gentleman in a baseball cap. Cracked a few jokes, which were not funny enough, but he seemed genuinely nice and knew his stuff fairly well (judging by the extremely engaged audience and not my personal non-coder’s opinion).
Ken, the modest guy
Later when I stumbled on Ken during a lunch break, this conversation happened:
Ken: so what did you do yesterday?
Me: I did all kinds of crazy stuff. You?
Ken: I don’t know, I guessed I just went into McDonald’s.
Me: Alright, say no more.
Shawn, the generous guy
Denis, the shiny star of every show
Perhaps, one of the most memorable talks from the event was by Siddharth Kshetrapal, who now works for codesandbox and has recently relocated to the Netherlands from India. Siddharth talked about building design systems and all the angles you can approach them from. These are the tools he mentioned during his talk.
Sid, the smartest guy
Emma Brillhart talked about writing a more readable React codebase using TypeScript, GraphQL, and Hooks thus improving developer productivity, increasing the speed at which new developers are able to hop on board and understand the codebase, thus contributing to overall project robustness.
Emma, the pretties developer I’ve ever seen
After another sweet and short coffee break, Jared Palmer livecoded explaining why you should use Formik 2.0 and sponsor the podcast he co-hosts with Ken Wheeler, the Undefined. Somewhat halfway through the presentation (which was nothing but Jared Palmer coding on stage), he asked for beer which was then gracefully handed by Ken Wheeler resulting in everyone literally bursting in laughter.
Jared, the tipsy guy
But the funniest thing was, though, right at the beginning of his talk where he showed a little clip he made summing up the intro into his presentation:
Overall, React Advanced was quite different from the event I attended earlier in Amsterdam, that is JS Nation, which comes back in June next year with sort of a revamped edition. First of all, because it was a lot more technical than JS Nation, second of all because it was practically zero or very little art involved. If you want to know more about JS Nation 2019, you can check it out here.
There was another track dedicated fully to React Native, which I was not present at, but I’m sure it was a lot of fun, because how could not it be since it was rocked by Nader Dabit, which I, unfortunately, have not been able to meet up with. But look at him, I mean …
Nader, the liberal guy
From what I’ve heard the afterparty was fabulous with Polyop and Ken Wheeler playing their best tracks.
Originally published at Soshace.