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Interviews and news about React hosted by Michael Jackson. The React Podcast covers everything React.js and is hosted by Michael Jackson, the founder of React Training and co-author of React Router.

Interviews and news about React hosted by Michael Jackson. The React Podcast covers everything React.js and is hosted by Michael Jackson, the founder of React Training and co-author of React Router.
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Interviews and news about React hosted by Michael Jackson. The React Podcast covers everything React.js and is hosted by Michael Jackson, the founder of React Training and co-author of React Router.




67: Swizec Teller on Hustle and Focus

This week we sit with Swizec Teller and learn how to get more done in every day. Swizec has an incredible work ethic — regularly blogging, vlogging, live streaming, and writing books on your favorite web technologies React and D3. How does he do all that and keep a full-time job at a startup? Today, we try to find out what his secret is and how to mimic that focus.


66: Jonathan Cutrell on The Future of Work — Part 2

This week we continue our discussion with Jonathan Cutrell about the future of work. This time, we're talking about teamwork. We tackle a few important questions. How do you invest in a team that is separated by hundreds of miles? How do you find moments to spark trust where serendipity is at a minimum? And how do you make sure everyone is heard and feels good about their work? If you work remote — or hope to work remote — these questions are at the forefront of your mind as you decide...


65: Jonathan Cutrell on The Future of Work — Part 1

This week we sit down with Jonathan Cutrell. He's the host of the beloved podcast Developer Tea and co-found Spec, the very Network that this show belongs to. Now, when podcasters get together and talk. They talk... for hours. So this is part one of a two parter. Today, we glean from Jonathan's transition from musician to developer. We discover how constrained systems like music primed him for life as a developer, and the ways in which all systems being infused with our humanity. We talk...


64: Chris Toomey on TypeScript, GraphQL, and Product Thinking

This week we sit down with Chris Toomey and address all the holy wars: Elm vs React, TypeScript vs JavaScript, product vs development, and even VS Code vs Vim.


63: Val Geisler on Communicating with Your Audience

This week we diverge from our typical technical focus to talk about communication. Many of you are developing a product. Whether that be an open source library, course material on your favorite framework, or your skills a freelance developer — you are selling something. Selling requires more than great technical skills. It requires strong communication. Today we sit with Val Geisler — founder of Fix My Churn. We talk about communication thru email, Why it’s critical for building and branding...


62: Chris Biscardi on Gatsby Themes and Developing a Content Pipeline

This week we sit down with Chris Biscardi — open source developer and consultant. He's working with Gatsby on projects like gatsby-mdx and gatsby-themes. So we talk about what Gatsby Themes are, why they promise to bring a new wave of shareability to Gatsby sites, and what you need to know to start using them. We also talk about designing a workflow around sharing what you know and building an effective content pipeline.


61: Phani Raju on the GitHub Package Registry

This week we sit down with Phani Raju. He's a Staff Engineer at GitHub and lead on the GitHub Package Registry. He tells us what package registries are and why GitHub is uniquely suited to take them to the next step in security, trust, and user experience. This is an awesome chat if you'd like to learn more about where your packages may be coming from in the future. It's also a fantastic lens into the great engineering and design thinking that is alive and well at GitHub — and how the Dear...


60: James K Nelson on React with the Buzzwords

This week on React Podcast we sit down with James K Nelson. We discuss what makes React hard to learn and how he's addressing that with his teaching platform We talk about learning React without the buzzwords, his new router — Navi — and how to make some React bacon. This is a great episode for those who have had trouble keeping up with React and want to discover and master the things have remained the same


59: Jamison Dance on Soft Skills and React Rally

This week we talk Jamison Dance about the parts of programming that are distinctly non-technical. We talk about the perfect TLD, working with a team, finding psychological safety, the organization of React Rally, and how to recycle batteries. Jamison is co-host of the podcast Soft Skills Engineering where he and Dave Smith answer non-technical questions for technical folks. It's a great show that I highly recommend. check it out at


58: Eve Porcello on Learning GraphQL

This week we talk with Eve Porcello about getting started with GraphQL. She is the co-author of Learning React and Learning GraphQL. She travels the world with husband Alex bank teaching JavaScript and telling jokes. We talk about comedy and code and how to engage audiences with a little bit of funny. This is a great episode if you want to add a little GraphQL to your stack or learn how to give a hilarious conference talks.


57: Emma Wedekind on Mentorship and

We sit down with venerable Emma Wedekind to talk mentorship. She tells us all about different types of mentorship you can find, At what phases in your career each type is most valuable, And how to get a "yes" from someone you'd like to mentor you. We also discuss her new mentoring platform and how it's helping connect developers based on technology and field. Buckle in and get ready to get help.


56: Paul Henschel on React Spring

This week, on React Podcast, We sit with Paul Henschel and talk animation. Paul is the creator of React-spring a library for animating UI based on spring physics. We talk about the library's origin, its future, and how to create lasting beauty on the web.


55: Erik Rasmussen on Final Form

This week we sit with Erik Rasmussen to discuss forms in React. We talk about his library redux-form and it's evolution to final-form — a framework agnostic approach to making dynamic forms easy. Along the way the talk open source maintenance and monetization struggles. If you've wanted open source fame, this is a good one to listen to.


54: Get Access with Aaron Cannon

This week, we talk accessibility pitfalls with Aaron Canon. Aaron is the co-founder and chief accessibility engineer at Accessible360 — where he uses his experience as a blind developer to improve real-world accessibility for all citizens of the web. He shares his first-hand experience on which practices work, which ones are bogus, where to focus our accessibility efforts, and which libraries provide the best starting point. I learned a ton. You will too.


53: Embrace the PHP with Next.js, Featuring Tim Neutkens

Have you had the privilege of working in PHP? If you haven't let me tell you: You can have a dynamic website just by putting a single PHP file on a host, anywhere. It's magic For us React developers, everything is a lot more complicated. We want server-side rendering for Google crawl-ability, Hot Module Replacement for quick feedback in development, and code-splitting to get quick initial page loads for users. None of that is easy to implement. But there's hope. The team at Zeit wants you to...


52: Be Visible with Sophia Shoemaker

Navigating a career is tricky. This is double true for women in tech. Add a spouses career, traditional gender expectations, Single-parenting, Or illness to the mix And finding a satisfying career can feel impossible. Today, Sophia Shoemaker sits with us to discuss how she manages being a mom in tech, conference speaker, FullStack React editor, and deeply invested in her community. It's a different story than many of you are used to hearing on this show. A more complicated one. I'm excited...


51: Michel Westrate Wants You To Stop Writing State Reducers

How many times have you written a state reducer? 100 times? 100 times a month? Truth is, it's tricky for human brains to write performant state mutations in immutable terms. Maybe you're whip smart and you've got the theory on lock but the resulting "spread hell" is hard to read and edit long term. Michel Westrate wants you to stop writing state updates with immutable APIs like spread, concat, and slice and take a second look at mutable APIs like property assignment, forEach, and push. He's...


50: Code and Trust with Saron Yitbarek

Saron Yitbarek is the CEO and founder of CodeNewbie, the most supportive community of programmers and people learning to code. She's also the vibrant host of the CodeNewbie Podcast, Basecs Podcast, and Command Line Heroes (a Red Hat podcast). Chantastic Asks her about learning in public, interviewing the world’s greatest developers, the art of storytelling, and aggressive kindness that surround her #CodeNewbie twitter chats. They discuss podcasting, building a community you can trust, shower...


49: Break In with Scott Tolinski

Scott Tolinski is creator of Level Up Totorials and co-host of Syntax — a tasty treats podcast for web developers. He joins us on React Podcast to talk about career, hobbies, and building a business. Chantastic asks him about break dancing, YouTube as a career development platform, weeding out hators, and making the jump to independent creator. They discuss podcasting, self-management, embracing ignorance, forcing confidence, determining content value, and importance of being kind to your...


48: Open Source It with Jon Rohan

Jon Rohan is an Engineer on the Design Systems Team at Github, building tooling for Octicons and Primer — their React component library. Chantastic asks about his 6 year tenure at GitHub, the inspiration behind his primer.css slam poem, how their using CSS-in-JS and Lerna to structure their work, and his project Figma Actions for seamlessly building icons from Figma design files. They discuss design apps, Monorepos, GitHub Actions, CSS-in-JS, and why you should open source your systems.