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SoftwareGR Presents Joe Chrysler: React Native
3 Languages, 2 Platforms, 1 Framework, Go! Live-reloading, UI snapshot testing, and excellent escape hatches make React Native the first cross-platform development framework that's worth recommending. Drop by and learn why cross-platform no longer means lowest common denominator. In this interactive conversation, I'll show you how to build fast, fluid mobile interfaces with Yoga and Storybook, how to make your text editor enforce business logic with TypeScript and Redux, and how easy it is to drop down to native code with React Native bridges when you need to leverage the full power of each platform. This conversation will be part talk, part live demo, and part conversation, so come ready with a smartphone, a question, and a smile. It'll be fun. 🙂 ----- About Joe Chrysler Joe is a developer with Atomic Object, currently focused on building cross-platform mobile apps with React Native and TypeScript, and cloud backends with AWS Lambda and Cognito. To get away from all that JavaScript, he spends a lot of time trying to improve the developer experience on his projects with Makefiles, Bash, and Markdown. Ask him how he uses Alexa to water his horses.

Atomic Object

1034 Wealthy St SE · Grand Rapids, MI

What we're about


Founded by Atomic Object ( in the fall of 2003, SoftwareGR is a 501c6 non-profit trade association dedicated to improving the competitiveness of Michigan’s software development community. We are interested in all aspects of software, from design and development, to testing and user experience.


We meet regularly on the 4th Tuesday of each month, excepting December and summer months. Membership and attendance at meetings is free.
We typically have between 30 and 60 people at our monthly meetings.
We organize an annual conference, the Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference (
SoftwareGR is a chapter of the SEI’s Software Process Improvement Network ( (that makes us a SPIN).
Corporate sponsors ( are essential to have nice meeting places, snacks, and speakers from out-of-town. We encourage sponsorship of GLSEC ( as a means of supporting the organization.

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