GRWebDev Presents: Hooks and React.js


The concept of hooks within JavaScript is not necessarily new, but its recent official adoption by both React and React Native have caused quite a stir. What's all the fuss about? GRWebDev's Sloth I and Learn to Code Grand Rapids' Patrick Sollars will discuss the concept of hooks and lead us through a live coding session to contrast React's historical class-based component structure with that of the hooks-based functional component structure.

Sloth is a custom web and mobile developer in Grand Rapids. He is heavily involved in the local tech community and volunteers his time with Code for Good West Michigan, Loop Coding Center, Django Girls, and many other worthy organizations. Patrick Sollars is a software developer at Magic Wrighter Inc. He primarily works with C# microservices and builds UIs with React in JavaScript.

This month's meetup is graciously sponsored by TEKsystems. TEKsystems guides businesses through the use of technological solutions, unleashing the power of data and people. TEKsystems Grand Rapids is very much involved in the local tech community, hosting and sponsoring numerous meetups including West Michigan Agile and the Grand Rapids Java Users group. Learn more at

6pm - 6:30pm ... Networking / Social / Pizza
6:30pm - 6:45pm ... Introduction
6:45pm - 7:30pm ... Presentation
7:30pm - 7:45pm ... Q&A
7:45pm - 8pm ... Conclusion