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Before you React

This session has two awesome co-presenters.

When we first decided to embark upon a second plugin together, we thought, “Let’s build something really cool. And use the API! And React.js! We’re smart people. We’ll just learn it all in an afternoon.” Little did we know that you can’t just learn React because it’s tied into all kinds of other tools and technologies. And online tutorials were more confusing than helpful because they all used different conventions and even contradicted one another.

After several false starts, a lot of time spent traveling down wrong paths, and a whole lot of defeat and frustration, we finally hit our stride and figured out how to learn what we didn’t even know we needed to learn. In this talk, we’ll discuss all the skills and technologies you have to learn before you dive into React. And we’ll talk about best practices and everything we’ve learned by putting React to work. We’ll cover EcmaScript 6, Node, Babel, Webpack, Flux and Redux. And we’ll also talk about the things that led us astray that we learned to avoid.

Natalie MacLees

Founder & Principal of Purple Pen Productions

Natalie MacLees is a front-end web developer and UI designer and is founder + principal of the interactive agency, Purple Pen Productions. She is the author of jQuery for Designers, now in its second edition. She was the lead organizer for WordCamp Los Angeles 2014 and 2013 and organized the first Website Weekend LA, a 48-hour hackathon matching web professionals with nonprofits in need to websites. She's also the founder and chapter leader of the Los Angeles chapter of Girl Develop It, bringing affordable and accessible coding classes to the community. Along with Nathan Tyler, she created the Draw Attention WordPress plugin for creating interactive images. She makes her online home at nataliemac.com.

Nathan Tyler

Principal and Lead Developer of Tyler Digital

Nathan runs an agency (Tyler Digital), maintains several plugins on wordpress.org, and has recently launched a web app (hireotto.com). He likes working with APIs and backend development, but has been studying up on more advanced javascript because Matt said so. When Nathan's not at the computer, he's probably playing soccer.

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