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2021-08-30 - Monday#

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Breaking out of the confines: making games in React — Paul HenschelPaul Henschel#

 Video

To show how we can make rich, interactive experiences, for instance games, with React semantics and shareable components, and what that means for traditional constructs, like the render-loop.

The State of XState — David KhourshidDavid Khourshid#

 Slides (web) Video

Over the past few years, state machines, statecharts, and the actor model have proven to be viable concepts for building complex application logic in a clear, visual way with XState. In this talk, we'll take a peek into the future of XState, including new features in the next version, and new tools and services that will make it even easier to create and collaborate on state machines.

SolidJS - Reactive JSX — Ryan CarniatoRyan Carniato#

 Slides (web) Video

An introduction to SolidJS UI Library. Explore an example to show the similarity and differences between Hook + Virtual DOM versus Reactivity + DOM.

JSX for Designers — Travis ArnoldTravis Arnold#

 Slides (web) Video

Even today, with advanced tooling and frameworks, the gap between design and development still exists. This talk will examine how we can eliminate handoff between design and development teams by using JSX as a shared source of truth across any platform.

2021-08-31 - Tuesday#

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Architecture Juho Vepsäläinen#

YouTube stream

Hooks are a great abstraction model — Calin TamasCalin Tamas#

 Video Demo

The discussion explores the separation of concerns between logic (Model) and UI (View) and how React hooks are a great abstraction model that help achieve that.

We'll start with designing a component's API (in a top down approach), then dive deeper to explore how to implement this API, while maintaining a good separation of concerns.

We'll create custom React hooks to implement the Model and React components for the UI. Both expose self-documenting APIs and are completely decoupled from each other.

To demo this approach, we'll create a simple Toggler component (a UI component that allows going back and forth in an array of values).

Towards the end, we'll explore the benefits, focusing on testing these decoupled units in isolation.

Web Components in React — Matias HuhtaMatias Huhta#

 Video

Likely you've heard of Web Components but do you know how to use them with React? If not, then this is the demonstration for you!

Micro Frontends in React — a State of the Art Approach — David LeitnerDavid Leitner#

 Video

David will explain the different possibilities to implement MicroFrontends in the past, the present, and the future. More importantly, he will leave you to know which of the available approaches is best suited for your specific task at hand.

2021-09-01 - Wednesday#

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Inclusivity Manjula Dube#

YouTube stream

Reasons why we need inclusion — Nasim SelmaniNasim Selmani#

Slides (PDF) Video

Structural Racism — Jasmin AssulinJasmin Assulin#

Slides (PDF) Video

How our narrow understanding of racism (visible and interpersonal level) still stands in the way of racial equity and inclusion (in tech, too) and how racial bias can be seen in tech, products etc.

How to avoid bias or exclusion when recruiting — Emmi MarjettaEmmi Marjetta#

Slides (PDF) Video

I focus on why inclusion is important in hiring and what are the inclusive hiring practices for any organization that could be taken into use. Inclusive hiring and evaluation process are the great window of opportunity that can truly support inclusion with practical actions. I offer practical tips and a way to implement small changes while working the way towards more inclusive hiring culture and strategy.

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Zero-runtime CSS-in-TypeScript with vanilla-extract — Mark DalgleishMark Dalgleish#

 Video

Can we have themeable CSS-in-TypeScript without the runtime cost? In this talk we'll have a quick look at how this can be achieved with vanilla-extract.

Rethinking CSS - Introducing Stylex — Naman GoelNaman Goel#

Slides (PDF) Video

CSS + superpowers - bloat. How Stylex creates a zero-cost abstraction that gives CSS superpowers.

A thorough analysis of CSS-in-JS — Andrei PfeifferAndrei Pfeiffer#

Slides (PDF) Video

There are two mutually exclusive methods that CSS-in-JS libraries use to generate and ship styles to the browser. Both methods have benefits and downsides, so let’s analyze them in detail from the loading performance perspective.

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Content management Juho Vepsäläinen#

YouTube stream

How to View and React without a Head — Facundo GiulianiFacundo Giuliani#

 Slides (web) Video

You might have heard about Headless CMS. This new type of content platform gives us some benefits compared to a Monolithic CMS.

We will talk about the key features of any Headless CMS and how we can integrate a headless platform into our React applications. We will focus on Storyblok, a headless CMS that offers a real-time Visual Editor, a great feature for developers and content creators.

React Bricks: a CMS with visual editing based on React components — Matteo FranaMatteo Frana#

Slides (PDF) Video

Headless CMSs are great for developers, but not for content creators.

React Bricks is the first CMS that is super-great for Developers (it's just React, backed by solid APIs), for Content Creators (it keeps the visual editing experience of no-code tools like Wix) and for Designers (you can express your exact design system and be sure nobody will break it). I'll show you how it works!

Contentful and headless — Nidhi KumariNidhi Kumari#

Slides (PDF) Video

How Contentful helps you to manage all the data in a headless e-commerce website.

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State machines Juho Vepsäläinen#

YouTube stream

Introducing state machines and statecharts — Laura KalbagLaura Kalbag#

 Slides (web) Video

State machines and statecharts can seem intimidating. Especially if you (like me!) didn’t study computer science, aren’t big into maths, or just haven’t come across state machines and statecharts before.

In this session, you’ll get a whirlwind introduction to state machines and statecharts, no prior knowledge and no coding experience required. Are you already familiar with state machines and statecharts but want to get a better understanding of the benefits and how to convince your team to get onboard? That’ll be covered too.

You could be a developer, designer, project manager, multi-disciplinarian or fancy specialist, I believe everyone can get something out of this talk, so join me!

Make legacy code delightful with statecharts — Matt PocockMatt Pocock#

 Slides (web) Video

If you must have legacy code, you want it written in statecharts. We'll break down the mental models required for understanding unfamiliar UI code, and compare the maintenance costs with and without statecharts.

The Actor Model: a new mental model for React — Farzad YousefZadehFarzad YousefZadeh#

 Slides (web) Video

System-level state management in modern React applications is challenging. Usually, as the applications grow, the complexity of interaction between different parts of the application compounds.

The more you need those isolated parts to talk, the higher the level of complexity. Usually, the common pitfalls of these communications are underestimated especially with the recent trend of State management that tends to keep the application state outside of React and distributed.

In this talk, We'll see how the Actor Model architecture can come to the rescue and what makes it stand out compared to the other approaches.

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Automate your stack with GraphQL — Lukas HolzerLukas Holzer#

Slides (PDF) Video Demo

Lukas will demonstrate how you can have your backend GraphQL in sync with your frontend code on a framework agnostic way.

  • Having the advantage of autocompletion while writing the GraphQL queries by IDE support
  • Built in type safety through static schemas
  • Automatic generated frontend code for your framework of choice (React, Vue.js, Angular)
  • Having everything rebuild through a built in watch mode

How to cache GraphQL queries at the edge — Max StoiberMax Stoiber#

 Video

A demo and deep dive into GraphCDN, the edge caching GraphQL CDN.

Using Apollo Federation in a microservice architecture in Kubernetes — Jan Peer StöcklmairJan Peer Stöcklmair#

 Video Demo

Being flexible with Apollo Federation and autoscaling with Kubernetes opens many opportunities to scale your app. Jan will show how these two services work hand in hand and why autoscaling matters.

2021-09-02 - Thursday#

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Techniques I Manjula Dube#

YouTube stream

How to Delegate your React Dialogs — Calin BogdanCalin Bogdan#

 Video Demo

How to properly hide modals / dialogs / drawers functionalities behind buttons that spawn them without cluttering container components.

Testing the integrity of your React components by publishing in a private registry — Juan PicadoJuan Picado#

 Slides (web) Video Demo

The final stage of a React component is when it is being published and distributed. How can I ensure my packages won’t crash in production? This talk will help you to test your React components by publishing them to a private registry and running End-to-End tests against them.

The Eternal Sunshine of the Zero Build Pipeline — m4dz 🥑🦄m4dz 🥑🦄#

 Video

For many years, we have migrated all our devtools to Node.js for the sake of simplicity: a common language (JS/TS), a large ecosystem (NPM), and a powerful engine. In the meantime, we moved a lot of computation tasks to the client-side thanks to PWA and JavaScript Hegemony.

So we made Webapps for years, developing with awesome reactive frameworks and bundling a lot of dependencies. We progressively moved from our simplicity to complex apps toolchains. We've become the new Java-like ecosystem. It sucks.

It's 2021, we've got a lot of new technologies to sustain our Users eXperience. It's time to have a break and rethink our tools rather than going faster and faster in the same direction. It's time to redesign the Developer eXperience. It's time for a bundle-free dev environment. It's time to embrace a new frontend building philosophy, still with our lovely JavaScript.

Introducing Snowpack, Vite, Astro, and other Bare Modules tools concepts!

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Frameworks Manjula Dube#

YouTube stream

Aleph.js - Build your React app in Deno — Je XiaJe Xia#

 Slides (web) Video

A demo on Aleph.js about good development experience and deno runtime.

SSR & SSG in NextJS — Nur Şah KeteneNur Şah Ketene#

 Video

In this talk we are going to have a look on how to use Server-Side-Rendering and Static-Site-Generation in NextJS to serve pages.

Brief introduction to Nuxt — Krutie PatelKrutie Patel#

 Video

In this brief introduction of Nuxt, we will learn Nuxt basics and how to build Git-files based content management system using Nuxt.js and its module system.

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Documentation Sara Vieira#

YouTube stream

Opensource Documentation—Tales from React and React Native — Rachel NaborsRachel Nabors#

 Video

Documentation is often your community's first point of contact with your project and their daily companion at work. So why is documentation the last thing that gets done, and how can we do it better? This talk shares how important documentation is for React and React Native and how you can invest in or contribute to making your favourite project's docs to build a thriving community.

Documenting components with stories — Michael ShilmanMichael Shilman#

 Video

Most documentation systems focus on text content of one form or another: WYSIWYG editors, markdown, code comments, and so forth. Storybook, the industry-standard component workshop, takes a very different approach, focusing instead on component examples, or stories.

In this demo, I will introduce an open format called Component Story Format (CSF).

I will show how CSF can be used used to create interactive docs in Storybook, including auto-generated DocsPage and freeform MDX documentation. Storybook Docs is a convenient way to build a living production design system.

I will then show how CSF stories can be used create novel forms of documentation, such as multiplayer collaborative docs, interactive design prototypes, and even behavioral documentation via tests.

Finally, I will present the current status and outline a roadmap of improvements that are on their way in the coming months.

The Story of ReScript's Documentation Platform — Patrick EckerPatrick Ecker#

Slides (PDF) Video

In this talk, Patrick goes through the effort that went into ReScript's documentation platform.

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Accessibility Sara Vieira#

YouTube stream

How to Catch Low-Hanging Accessibility Fruits while Developing — Eeva-Jonna 'Eevis' PanulaEeva-Jonna 'Eevis' Panula#

 Video

We, as developers, tend to develop sites for users like ourselves, which usually causes accessibility problems. As we are often sighted, can use a mouse, and have good fine motor skills, we might (unconsciously) forget those users who aren't like us.

In this demo, I will show some techniques every developer should know and use when developing their sites or apps. These simple checks don't ensure 100% accessibility but help catch the most obvious flaws in your site.

Continuous Localization in Enterprise Web Projects — Ante TomićAnte Tomić#

Slides (PDF) Video

Did you know that 50% of users will NOT use the English version of your application, if it supports multiple languages? For ambitious high-growth businesses, going global is not "if" but "when" so it's important to recognize the importance of localization, especially in large multi-team projects. This discussion will explore the depths of localization in Agile companies and what can be achieved with a Continuous Localization system. I'll share some common issues we faced with multi-language products and how localization automation helped us to scale the process across many product teams within the company.

The Digital Accessibility Legal Landscape – why it matters for developers — Lainey FeingoldLainey Feingold#

 Slides (web) Video

Digital accessibility is a human right of people with disabilities around the globe. That means developers have an important role to play in advancing human rights! Join U.S. disability rights lawyer Lainey Feingold for a practical interactive discussion about laws and policies around the globe that impact digital accessibility. Come learn best practices for digital accessibility and how we all can “put the law in our pocket” to help make the digital world inclusive for everyone.

2021-09-03 - Friday#

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React Native and Testing Sara Vieira#

YouTube stream

Screenshot testing with ViteShot — François WoutsFrançois Wouts#

 Slides (web) Video

François will introduce ViteShot, a new open-source tool that can generate screenshots of HTML/CSS components within seconds, so you can be confident that your UI looks exactly the way it's supposed to.

Integration Testing for React Native Apps — Gleb BahmutovGleb Bahmutov#

 Slides (web) Video

My unpopular opinion is that testing is ... important. How do you test your React Native apps? In this presentation I will show how to run full integrations tests using Cypress while the RN app is running in the browser. This method can cover most of the application's code and be effective at finding logical errors and mistakes when calling the server APIs.

Haptics, Sounds and Micro Animations — Kadi KramanKadi Kraman#

 Video Demo

Quick tips on how to utilise the native mobile platform to help provide your users an upgraded experience with sounds, vibrations and animations. Small changes can have a huge difference UX-wise.

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Design Systems of a Down: Steal this Guide! — m4dz 🥑🦄m4dz 🥑🦄#

 Video

Remember Atomic Design? It's been a while since we started talking about Design Systems. They're supposed to solve our interfaces inconsistencies issues, as a single source of truth. But do you know well how to build and use them, from a developer perspective?

Here's your ultimate guide to Design Systems, for Devs! From the fundamentals of Design Tokens definition, to how to build advanced versatile layouts. You'll learn all best practices, tips & tricks, components splicing strategies, from this comprehensive step-by-step handbook talk.

Never be lost again in front of a creating Design System from scratch!

How to structure, style and document your components for maximum effectiveness — Dragos BilaniucDragos Bilaniuc#

 Video

I'll present a practical approach to styling react components, a folder structure and documentation structure that's very easy to follow (for onboarding members) + other insights I got while using this approach.

React on Steroids with Nx! — Juri StrumpflohnerJuri Strumpflohner#

 Slides (web) Video

We often talk and hear about scaling in production, but we rarely talk about scaling development. Aspects like structuring and organizing your codebase, code sharing across teams, speeding up build and test runs can play a huge role in terms of productivity for a developer team. That impacts small teams but gets even more evident as your team grows and especially for large enterprises.

In this short talk I'm going to demo Nx and what it can do for you to help you modularize your React code, generate code for you, help you build faster and much more. Tune in to learn about the build framework you've been missing in your tool belt!

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Techniques II Sara Vieira#

YouTube stream

Video streaming on the web: Live and recorded video streaming — Doug SillarsDoug Sillars#

 Slides (web) Video

In this presentation, we'll present how video streaming works. We'll look at the anatomy of video streaming, and how video streaming is beneficial for delivering your content over just adding mp4 files.

We'll demonstrate live streaming from the browser, and then how to integrate that live stream into your webpage.

On the Road to the World's Best Branding — Niklas LepistöNiklas Lepistö#

 Slides (web) Video

Branding. What's it all about? Is it good, or is it wack? Come found out as we take a closer how we do event branding and theming at Brella. We'll go through branding and color palette generation in general, look at the implementation in our end, and see what the future holds.

You thought your React application is secure? Think again — Liran TalLiran Tal#

Slides (PDF) Video

Modern frontend frameworks like React are well thought-of in their application security design and that’s great. However, there is still plenty of room for developers to make mistakes and use insecure APIs, vulnerable components, or generally do the wrong thing that turns user input into a Cross-site Scripting vulnerability (XSS). Let me show you how React applications get hacked in the real-world.

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The future of work Juho Vepsäläinen#

YouTube stream

The future of software development in Finland — Saku TihveräinenSaku Tihveräinen#

 Video

Finland's the happy nation and in need of very many newcomers to the country especially in the tech field. What's realistic to expect in the future Finnish job market as a developer? Where do we expect the developer jobs to progress in the future?

Becoming a React developer - A hiring manager’s perspective — Mika SchafrothMika Schafroth#

 Video

The landscape of popular JS frameworks and libraries has become increasingly polarised. With React standing out an increasing number of companies are struggling to find skilled developers. People experienced in React are in a great position. Nevertheless, what if my CV lacks the right keyword? What if my Angular experience looks more like a burden? Can I apply for a front-end developer position in a React project?

The future of work is enjoyable — Elisa HeikuraElisa Heikura#

 Video

We’re generally afraid of the future. Not only is it unknown, but there’s quite a lot of reasons to believe we’re practically doomed. And it doesn’t help that we’re negatively wired by nature, programmed to look out for risks more than search for rewards. Developers especially so.

So with this speech, I want to paint another picture for you. I genuinely believe, the future of work is enjoyable and definitely worth pursuing. And you can have that. Right after this speech.

Closing — Juho VepsäläinenJuho Vepsäläinen#

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