This week we talk with Kent C. Dodds, one of the greatest React teachers in the industry, all about React! Why choose React over another framework? What are the hardest parts about learning React? You’ll find out this week!
Kent C. Dodds shares the backstory of
paypal-scripts, a tool that encapsulates all the tools common to PayPal applications and published modules and why TypeScript was a fit. Kent took a poll in their
#paypal-scripts Slack channel and 100% of respondents said they wanted the change. Here’s what happened next…
About a week later, I had totally migrated
paypal-scriptsfrom supporting Flow to supporting TypeScript (most of that time was making all the tools recognize
.tsxfiles 🙄 and allowing
paypal-scriptsto dogfood itself which is kinda tricky 🐶).
Then we had Christmas break 🎄 and the week we got back after the new year 🎆, it was merged and now every new project starts off with modern tools that will stay updated by default and will be statically typed with TypeScript.
Kent built two small apps (one for his wife and one for his kids) and didn’t even need to download any source code. His conclusion:
What I love about this is how our tools have leveled the playing field. All of these tools are 100% free so long as you have access to a computer with internet access.
This is a clear example of the web getting better.
Kent C. Dodds joined the show to talk about guiding and supporting first time contributors to open source. We talked about the many ways to be first-timer friendly, how to contribute to open source, the burden and balance of a maintainer, and a few of the projects Kent maintains, including his latest project at PayPal called Glamourous.