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Welcome aboard the Rocket Ship, the ultimate podcast voyage into the heart of React Native development with Simon Grimm! Whether you're a seasoned mobile app developer or just starting your journey, this is your go-to destination for all things React Native and Expo.

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Welcome aboard the Rocket Ship, the ultimate podcast voyage into the heart of React Native development with Simon Grimm! Whether you're a seasoned mobile app developer or just starting your journey, this is your go-to destination for all things React Native and Expo.

    #042 - React Native is alive! App.js Recap with Áron Berezkin

    #042 - React Native is alive! App.js Recap with Áron Berezkin

    In this episode, Simon and Aaron recap the App.js conference and discuss the key themes and talks. They cover topics such as the state of Expo, the recommended framework for React Native, the importance of iteration speed, the introduction of Expo Orbit and Expo Atlas, the use of React Server Components, real-time 3D applications, Brownfield app integration, and local-first applications. They also highlight the challenges and benefits of using feature flagging and building native libraries. The React Native community is praised for its diversity of skills and the inspiration it provides. The future of React Native includes updates to Expo SDK, the release of React Server components, and the exploration of universal apps and low-code tools.
    Learn React Native - https://galaxies.dev
    Áron Berezkin
    Aron Twitter: https://twitter.com/AronBerezkinAron Blog: https://www.aronberezkin.com/Aron Github: https://github.com/AronBeTakeaways
    Expo is the recommended framework for React Native and focuses on improving iteration speed.Expo introduced Expo Orbit, a tool for managing EAS builds, and Expo Atlas, a bundle analyzer for JavaScript bundles.Evan Bacon showcased the use of React Server Components with AI integration, demonstrating the potential of server-driven native UI.Mariusz shared his experience with Brownfield app integration, highlighting the challenges and successes of integrating React Native into existing iOS and Android applications.Søren Brammer-Schmidt and Brent Vatne discussed local-first applications and the use of Prisma for local data management and synchronization.Fernando Rojo built an open-source native library called Galleria for image viewing and zooming, emphasizing the importance of not being afraid to build native libraries. Don't be afraid to build native modules in React NativeEducate yourself about accessibility and make small changes to improve the experienceThe React Native community is diverse and inspiringUpdates to Expo SDK and the release of React Server components are expected

    • 56 min
    #041 - The Evolution of JavaScript Frameworks with Maximilian Schwarzmüller

    #041 - The Evolution of JavaScript Frameworks with Maximilian Schwarzmüller

    In this conversation, Simon Grimm interviews Maximilian Schwarzmüller, a renowned online course creator, about his experience of creating courses and his vast knowledge of various technologies. They discuss the current state of JavaScript frameworks like Angular, React, and Vue, as well as emerging frameworks like Solid.js and Svelte. They also touch on the Node.js environment and the popularity of Express. The conversation then shifts to mobile app development, with a focus on Ionic and React Native. They explore the strengths and limitations of these frameworks and their relevance in the current market. The conversation explores the pros and cons of cross-platform development frameworks, including Ionic, React Native, and Flutter. They discuss their personal preferences and experiences with each framework, highlighting the advantages and limitations of each. They also touch on the future of cross-platform development and the importance of staying up to date with the latest technologies. The conversation concludes with tips for effective learning, emphasizing the importance of building projects and solving real-world problems.
    Learn React Native - https://galaxies.dev
    Maximilian Schwarzmüller
    Maximilian Twitter: https://twitter.com/maxedapps Maximilian YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@maximilian-schwarzmuellerMaximilian Podcast: https://maximilian-schwarzmueller.com/podcast/Udemy courses: https://www.udemy.com/user/academind/Links
    Academind: https://academind.com/coursesAcademind YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@academindTakeaways
    The JavaScript framework ecosystem is evolving, with established frameworks like React and Angular continuing to innovate and improve.State management is a key area of focus, with many frameworks adopting signals as a way to manage state more efficiently.There is a trend towards full stack development, where the boundaries between front-end and back-end become less clear.Express remains a popular choice for building APIs in the Node.js environment, despite the emergence of newer frameworks.Ionic and React Native are both viable options for mobile app development, with Ionic being more focused on web technologies and React Native providing a more native-like experience. Ionic, React Native, and Flutter are popular cross-platform development frameworks, each with its own advantages and limitations.Ionic is straightforward to work with and suitable for building less complex applications, but it may lack certain features and performance compared to React Native.React Native and Flutter offer the advantage of compiling code to native UI components or machine code, potentially resulting in better performance and a more integrated development experience.The choice between cross-platform and native development depends on the specific requirements of the project and the need for platform-specific features and performance.The future of cross-platform development looks promising, with ongoing advancements in frameworks like React Native and the emergence of new contenders like Tori.To learn effectively, it's important to build projects and solve real-world problems, rather than relying solely on tutorials and courses.

    • 56 min
    #040 - From Next.js to React Native with Kitze

    #040 - From Next.js to React Native with Kitze

    In this conversation, Simon and Kitze discuss various topics including Kitze's experience as a React Native developer, his encounter with Gary Vee, and his popular product Sizzy. The conversation revolves around the challenges of building customizable UI components in React Native and the lack of comprehensive libraries. Simon and Kitze discuss their frustrations with existing libraries and the need for better primitives and components. The conversation then shifts to the Benji app and the process of building a native app from scratch. In this conversation, Kitze and Simon discuss various topics related to app development, including the challenges of building a native app with React Native based on an existing Next.js project, the use of Tailwind CSS, and the performance issues on Android.
    Learn React Native - https://galaxies.dev
    Kitze
    Kitze Twitter: https://twitter.com/thekitze Kitze Website: https://www.kitze.io/ Links
    Sizzy: https://sizzy.co/Zero to shipped course: https://www.zerotoshipped.com/Benji: https://benji.so/Gluestack: https://gluestack.io/Takeaways
    The choice of libraries in development can greatly impact productivity and the developer experience.The React Native ecosystem offers a variety of tools and libraries that can enhance the development process.The challenges of building and maintaining a successful product or project require dedication, focus, and continuous improvement.The lack of comprehensive UI component libraries in React Native can be frustrating and lead to the need for custom solutions.Having better primitives and components in React Native would make app development easier.Being open about not having all the answers shouldn't discourage people from teaching.Building a native app from scratch can be challenging, especially when transitioning from a web app.Finding the right tech stack and considering the need for a native app early on can save time and effort.Building a native app with React Native can be challenging, especially when trying to maintain consistency between the web and mobile versions.Tailwind CSS offers a wide range of components and resources, making it a popular choice for app development.Android performance can be a pain point in React Native development, requiring optimization and testing on Android devices.Integrating Apple Health data and implementing in-app purchases can be complex tasks that require careful consideration and planning.

    • 59 min
    #039 - Award Winning Credit Card App Yonder with Henry Moulton

    #039 - Award Winning Credit Card App Yonder with Henry Moulton

    In this episode, Henry Moulton, principal engineer at Yonder, shares the story of building the award-winning mobile app Yonder. He talks about the challenges working with private Apple and Google APIs as well as the technology stack of their React Native app. Henry also recaps his App.js talk about Maestro from 2023 and how AI is enabling developers to build even better products today. Tune in to hear what it takes to build outstanding apps with React Native!
    Learn React Native - https://galaxies.dev
    Henry Moulton
    Henry Twitter: https://twitter.com/HenryMoultonYonder: https://www.yonder.com/Links
    Henrys App.js talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoCzBdFCoqcReact Native Connection: https://reactnativeconnection.io/Takeaways
    React Native is usually a better choice for B2C apps than frameworks like IonicExpo EAS is a key component of shipping weekly app updates at YonderGoogle and Apple have private APIs for working with payments and credit cardsMaestro is the rising star of end-to-end testing in React NativeAI is not taking developer jobs, but makes every person capable of producing more and better ouput

    • 50 min
    #038 - Expo EAS and 100 Snakes with Jon Samp

    #038 - Expo EAS and 100 Snakes with Jon Samp

    In this episode, Jon Samp, head of product at Expo, shares his background in herpetology research and how he transitioned into programming. He discusses his experience developing the Codecademy app with Expo and the challenges he faced. John also talks about his other apps, including the Single Origin coffee timer and WordCheck for Scrabble. He emphasizes the ease of creating hobby apps with React Native and the importance of using native elements for good design. The conversation concludes with a discussion on EAS and how teams can work better together. Jon highlights the improvements being made to the onboarding experience and the Expo dashboard, and the focus on workflow improvements and release management. He also shares future plans for EAS, including enhancing team coordination and communication and improving device management and notifications.
    Learn React Native - https://galaxies.dev
    Jon Samp
    Jon Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonsampJon Website: https://jonsamp.devLinks
    Expo EAS: https://expo.dev/easTakeaways
    React Native and Expo make it easy to develop hobby apps without a large team or production process.Using native elements and animations in React Native apps can enhance the user experience and make the app feel more polished.EAS (Expo Application Services) simplifies the development and deployment process for React Native apps.EAS allows for side-loading apps on iOS and Android, making it easy to distribute apps for development purposes.The easiest way to distribute iOS apps is to use EAS device calling create, which generates a QR code that can be scanned to install a provisioning profile.EAS supports updates and over-the-air updates, allowing for easy distribution of app updates to users.EAS provides a faster and more convenient way to build and distribute private applications compared to using Xcode and Android Studio.Future plans for EAS include improving the onboarding experience, enhancing team coordination and communication, and adding features for release management and workflow improvements.

    • 47 min
    #037 - Bringing Swift to React Native with Gary Tokman

    #037 - Bringing Swift to React Native with Gary Tokman

    In this episode, Simon interviews Gary Tokman, CEO at Candle, about his experience with React Native and building a personal finance app. Gary shares his background in iOS development and how he transitioned to React Native. He discusses the technology stack used in Candle, and the three main problems of React Native apps. Gary also shares his latest packages Faster Image and Blur View, along with a new library for Push notifications.
    Learn React Native - https://galaxies.dev
    Gary Tokman
    Gary Twitter: https://twitter.com/f6aryCandle: https://candle.fiLinks
    SST: https://sst.dev/Candle on Github: https://github.com/candlefinanceSkip: https://skip.tools/Takeaways
    The React Native community faces challenges with maintaining packages, especially when it comes to finding the right package that works and is actively maintained.React Native faces three main challenges: Concurrency, Presentation, and API SupportGary works on several OS projects to bring Swift power to React Native appsFront-end development in Candle involves client-side architecture, which presents challenges in balancing performance and processing large amounts of data on the device.

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