Redux - Reinventing Flux - Interview with Dan Abramov

Redux - Reinventing Flux - Interview with Dan Abramov

I remember seeing these strange webpack.config.js files in JavaScript projects for a long time. I d…

I remember seeing these strange webpack.config.js files in JavaScript projects for a long time. I didn’t give Webpack a good look until the promise of hot loading with React drew me in. Dan Abramov’s React Hot Loader was life changing for me.

Besides React Hot Loader, Dan is behind well-known projects such as React DnD and Redux. Redux in particular has begun to make waves across the community even though it’s a young project. Compared to earlier Flux inspired implementations it is particularly small (~2k) yet powerful.

How did you discover React? Can you provide a bit of background?

I think it’s a typical story. In 2014, when I was working at Stampsy , we needed to pivot from an iPad app to a webapp in a matter of a few months. We only knew Backbone so we went with it, but as the app grew more dynamic and complicated, we knew we couldn’t use it for much longer.However, we also decidedly did not adopt any opinionated data binding library because we wanted to maintain a simple mental model of what’s happening in the app. At some point in time, there was a widget with a dozen of different states that occurred several times on the page, and we knew we had to throw some data binding library into the mix.

A coworker of mine suggested React a few month before, but I shrugged at JSX and didn’t investigate. So he suggested it again, and I decided to go for it. The same evening, I got this widget working exactly as I wanted, and I was hooked. Over the course of the next nine months, we gradually rewrote the Backbone app into a React app. Then React Router came along, and we migrated fully. All the while adding new features.

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