The State of React (and Should You Still Learn It in 2024), with Dev Agrawal

Meet Dev Agrawal 🇮🇳🇺🇸! With a name like that, how could he not become a developer? He's a software developer, developer advocate, and content creator. Moreover, he's a React expert deeply ingrained in the React community. That's why we invited him onto the show to shed light on the current state of affairs!

You've probably noticed certain discontent surrounding React recently. A basic React app has become significantly more complex. It has been quite some time since there has been a significant update to React, with the recent ones relying heavily on meta-frameworks. And what about the React core team? What's happening there?

All of this might sound disheartening. However, we're delving into whether these concerns hold true in this episode. Let's find out together!

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⏰ Timestamps
  • How Dev became a dev (01:34)
  • Teamwork is a skill you can learn! (07:06)
  • Should you go to college or learn to code by yourself? (09:10)
  • Studying coding can be a "choose your own adventure" game (11:04)
  • Community break with Jan the Producer (12:42)
  • How Dev landed his first role in tech (14:28)
  • Disappointment with React: what's that about? (15:42)
  • What are meta-frameworks, and why are they gaining traction? (18:55)
  • React was originally all about the front end... And now? (20:55)
  • GraphQL and React Server components (22:23)
  • Pete Hunt, Rethinking Best Practices, and separation of concerns (23:09)
  • History is repeating itself (24:24)
  • The most common problem with server components (25:34)
  • The battle of the frameworks (26:10)
  • Is Next.JS in an advantageous position? (28:08)
  • Most people nowadays are using Vue! (34:13)
  • Should you have FOMO about server components? (36:37)
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The State of React (and Should You Still Learn It in 2024), with Dev Agrawal
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