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Thanks for all of the lovely questions, I'll have to call it a night! I hope this was interesting, and if you have any unanswered questions you can always reach me on twitter (https://twitter.com/mxstbr) or ask me at my GitHub AMA! (https://github.com/mxstbr/ama)
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You are a speaker, work as an open source developer, maintaining a variety of popular open source projects.
You created react-boilerplate, one of the biggest React starter kits with over 10,000 stars on GitHub. It's used by companies all over the world to kickstart their new products.
Have you managed to monetize your developments?
I recently quit my first job of 1 year, where I worked on a front end framework for a custom solution for AEM, where I learnt a lot. I recently had to quit, and so I decided to contribute to an open source react project Gatsby, but it's taking time to get my first pull request up. What suggestions/unsolicited advice would you like to give to people like me starting their careers trying to make open source contributions?
P.S : How should I approach contributing? Through picking up a bug, intimating the maintainer/creator that I'm interested to work on it, and then going forward, or some other way? I'm wary of communicating with the creator/maintainer for some reason (probably low confidence)
What real world problem React is solving? What are benefits of React, what it gives for developers, businesses and users? Why learn another framework, learn custom, non-standard logic like JSX, set up custom build process instead of using web standards, Vanilla JS or other library which is faster and lighter then React?
Virtual DOM is actually a needless abstraction layer which makes apps slower and requires more machine resources, why all the hype about it and why it is used in React?
What would you change in web standards? May be you have participated in any discussions/working groups already? What is your opinion on improving the
<template> as described in this proposal?
One of the things i struggle most with is distributing my time between day job, side projects, open source contributions, personal/social commitments, and, in your case, public speaking engagements and of course AMAs on Hashnode.....
Could tell us a little bit about your routine (if any).. specifically interested in how you manage your time and/or plan your day/week/year? Any tools used? Adopted any techniques (ex. Pomodoro)?
Judging by just the sheer volume of high quality work you're involved in i'm really curious about how you orchestrate this act of super human ability.
I use your boilerplate for my projects but recently I came across next.js. It's a framework built using react especially for server side rendering. You might know about zeit team as they are somehow connected to your styled-components open source project as I have heard. so, how would you rate between 'react-boilerplate' and next.js.
I have been following your repo progress on server side rendering. I want to know that how much long would it take to come out (super excited for this)!
I am currently in my last year of technical college (HTL) and I've been working a lot with OSS the past few years and my plan is to work in that area once I graduate next year.. But I have also been thinking whether I should go to uni or not since I would rather jump straight into the industry working with JS as a front end developer.
Do you think that a uni degree is neccessary to land a nice job in that area, especially if I wanted to work abroad (outside of Austria)?
What's your educational background?
I use your boilerplate for my projects but recently I came across next.js. It's also a react boilerplate especially for server side rendering. You might know about zeit team as they are somehow connected to your styled-components open source project as I have heard. so, how would you rate between 'react-boilerplate' and next.js.
I can see you have worked on many open source projects. So do you work on them in your spare time or some one hired you to do things like KeystoneJS ? If you do it in your spare time then how you manage to do it? Any advise for someone who want to do such open source projects as well while doing full-time job as well?
Hi Max, I've recently discovered the styled-components project and I have some unresolved questions:
- parent/child relations: how to express them? I had read something on the issues of the project, but I don't know (yet) an official solution...
- developer experience: since its css in js, we can't take advantage of the classic css livereload during development. I know that we now got hot module replacement (from webpack at least), but Its a bit unstable isnt it?