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Reactadelphia | September 2019

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Reactadelphia | September 2019


Speaker: Ali Spittel | 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM (Remote)

Title: Yes, You Should Write that Blog Post

Description: You've probably benefitted from a lot of other developers' blog posts. There are so many reasons why you should write your own, such as: you have a unique perspective to share, your post will help other developers, you will learn from the process, and you can help establish yourself as an expert on the topic.

Writing technical blog posts can be intimidating at first -- it's difficult to come up with a topic to write about, let alone creating the content. We will go over the whole blog post process, from finding a topic through pressing the post button!

This talk will start by discussing why programmers should start blogging. Then, we'll move on to how to find a good topic, how to make content engaging and understandable, and how to build an audience.

Bio: Ali teaches people to code. She loves Python, JavaScript, and talking about code. She is most interested in the intersection of programming, art, and education. She's a distinguished faculty member at General Assembly, where she teaches people how to code.

When Ali's not working, you can find her watching New England sports, competing on CodeWars, taking runs around Capitol Hill, rock climbing, or participating in DC coding community events.

Ali also blogs about code and her life surrounding it. Her writing has gotten over a million readers in the past year. She is also a Google Developer Expert and Mozilla Tech Speaker.


Speaker: Kent C. Dodds | 7:15 PM - 7:45 PM (Remote)

Title: Application State Management

Description: For the last few years of using React, we as a community have been trying to solve the hard problem of application state management with React when we already had one all along. React itself is a state management library., , You can use features and practices that have been a part of React for a long time and it will change the way you think about state management for your React apps. In other words: you probably don't need Redux, MobX, or any state management library other than React. Let’s explore how that’s possible and why you might want to think twice before reaching for an abstraction.

Bio: Kent C. Dodds is a world renowned speaker, teacher, and trainer and he's actively involved in the open source community as a maintainer and contributor of hundreds of popular npm packages. Kent is the creator of and he's an instructor on and Frontend Masters. He's also a Google Developer Expert. Kent is happily married and the father of four kids. He likes his family, code, JavaScript, and React.


Speaker: Kelly Innes | 7:45 PM - 8:15 PM

Title: "Secret Alien Technology": Writing React in ClojureScript

Description: Let's tour through writing React in ClojureScript, a mostly functional dialect of Lisp that compiles to JavaScript. Like other Lisps, ClojureScript has a pretty alien syntax -- and its tooling and ecosystem is no less strange. In the talk we'll learn about ClojureScript syntax, discuss tooling like CIDER, Leiningen, Figwheel, and the Closure Compiler, look at ClojureScript-JavaScript interop, and read (and maybe write) React code in ClojureScript using Reagent, a "minimalistic ClojureScript interface to React.js."

Bio: Kelly is a software developer at Azavea where he helps build apps to map water, supply chains, and other good stuff.


Musical Artist: The Burgeoning (

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Food and drink provided. Every 3rd Tuesday.

Contact: reactadelphia@gmail

121 S Broad St Floor 11 · Philadelphia, PA
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