Takeaways from ReactNext 2019

A few weeks ago, June 11th, to be exact, 9 people from the HackSoft team went to ReactNext – an annual React conference in Tel Aviv. The conference focuses on React and React Native which aligns perfectly with the tech stack we use in most of our projects.

The HackSoft team at ReactNext
The HackSoft team at ReactNext

The event

It was a one day conference with two parallel tracks in separate halls with a lot of high-quality talks. The event itself was really well and professionally organized.

Panorama of the venue
Panorama of the venue

In the next few chapters, we’ll highlight some of the talks and share the official videos from the conference.

A Deep Dive into React-Redux by Mark Erikson

A great talk that showcased the path of React-Redux to version 7.1.0, how the implementation has changed over time and the reasons for it, the history of the API and what are the future plans for React-Redux.

Beyond Static: Dynamic Web Applications with Gatsby by Dustin Schau

Dustin Schau is one of the main contributors to Gatsby. He gave a nice chronological recap of what has happened with Gatsby and how it has become one of the easiest tools for building blazing fast React applications. The main goal of the talk was to show how easy it’s to use Gatsby and to go beyond its boundaries.

Modern React – The Essentials by Liad Yosef

Liad went through the history of React and pointed out its main lifetime phases so far. The talk had a lot of short code snippets, along with very nice explanations, and multiple animations that were a great visual illustration of Liad’s words. The slides were really well prepared and arranged which stood out.

React Native – Under the Bridge by Chen Feldman

Chen Feldman gave a really good explanation of how React Native works. Find out what’s the bridge, what are its advantages and disadvantages, and how Fabric is changing the game. At the end of the talk, a lot of additional resources were provided.

State management in a world of hooks by Adam Klein & Maayan Glikser

With the new addition of hooks in React Reusable provides a new state management solution which makes it easier to separate concerns and reuse code.

Managing animations (sanely) in (insanely) complex apps by Opher Vishnia

Really useful talk about the problems you may hit when you write animations. Recently we faced most of these problems and Opher presented a great solution – React Animation Orchestrator which allows management of animations across multiple components when the state changes affect them.

Web delivery experience for React Native and even better by Elad Aviv + Elad Bezalel

Dynamico allows continuous delivery of new features without the need for new app versions. Features can be developed independently and components can be shared across multiple apps.

Sightseeing, food, and culture

During our stay in Israel, we had the pleasure to experience something unfamiliar and leave with new skills and knowledge.

Tour of Old Jaffa

Along with experiencing a great conference, we went on a tour to Old Jaffathe ancient town of Tel Aviv.

The Old City
The Old City of Jaffa

Jaffa has an old-world atmosphere that’s quite unique and completely different from the one in the modern Tel Aviv. You will love wandering around the winding alleyways interspersed with art galleries, historic stone buildings, mosques and churches, the Jaffa Flea Market and the Jaffa Port.

Old Jaffa, Israel, alleyway
Alleyway in Old Jaffa

Tour of Jerusalem

When it comes to visiting Israel, the old town of Jerusalem is a must-see.

The Old City of Jerusalem
The Old City of Jerusalem

It’s a place revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims and we had the chance to spent almost an entire day walking around the city. We visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Jesus was crucified at Golgotha along with the Tomb of Jesus where he is said to have been buried and resurrected.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

We couldn’t miss one of Judaism’s holiest sites – the Western Wall. If you have a wish make sure to write it on a slip of paper and place it in a crack somewhere on the wall.

The Western Wall

Our last stop was the Tomb of the Virgin Mary where she is believed to have been buried.

If you plan on going to one of the tours make sure to practice your sales skills. You’ll encounter a lot of local stores with loads of unique goods, but if you have trouble bargain you may feel robbed at the end.

Beach Life

The seaside promenade is very lively and people from all over the world and from various cultures can be found there. It feels like Tel Aviv is really oriented into a healthier lifestyle – people are jogging, playing Sepak takraw and beach volleyball, and everybody is using the electric scooter rental service.

The beach in Tel Aviv
The beach in Tel Aviv

Surfing, canoeing, and frisbee are some of the rest of the activities you can be part of when you are on the Tel Aviv beach.

Food

It doesn’t matter if you want a portion of a nice tasty falafel and shawarma, or you want to go for a more western type of dish – you can find it at every corner in the city. If we need to use only one word about the food in Tel Aviv it would be hummus – it’s everywhere and it’s really good!

Food in Israel
Local food in Israel

One of the traditional dishes we’d suggest to you is the shakshuka. You should definitely give it a try. And of course, don’t forget the cold beer.

Recap

Overall it was quite a successful and unique experience! We were able to see an exciting new country, attend great talks, make a couple of new friends and enjoy the climate and the beaches. Definitely, a place to travel back again!

A small reminder – before leaving Israel make sure you’re at the airport 3 to 4 hours earlier. Procedures can be time-consuming especially if you’re a big group.

See you next year, ReactNext!

Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv

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