ReactJS Meetup

Hi again from Tekniksprångarna!

A couple of weeks ago we helped to organize a meetup which SVTi hosted. For those of you who don’t know what a meetup is, it’s basically a chance to meet (and befriend) other people in the same field. The topic for this particular meetup was ReactJS, something us non-coders can only assume has to do with Javascript… We had two great lecturers who presented their work with ReactJS and came forth with new and inspiring ideas. 

First up was Artem Riasnianskyi from Framer. He demonstrated a design app that he had developed with his team named Framer X. After this interesting Demo, we had a short break for mingle and coffee before it was time for the next speaker, Maksim Ivanov.

Maksim is a software development consultant at 0+x. He talked about his time working with the team developing the latest Battlefield game where he learned to deliver a high-quality product under tight deadlines.  After his very charismatic presentation, we had a lightning talk by Bohdan Liashenko on how to shorten the time spent trying to navigate code.

I asked Olof Nilsson (developer at Mixat) about his thoughts on the meetup:

  • What was the most interesting thing you heard during the Meetup?

So many people are moving to TypeScript! As someone with a backend (mostly Java) background, I think it’s great that static typing is becoming more popular.

  • How many meetups have you attended?

Three of the React JS meetups, several others e.g. Sthlm.JS and some Elasticsearch meetups.

  • If you had the chance to pick the topic for the next meetup, what would you choose and why?

How to write good unit tests of React components, with or without snapshots.

  • What do you think are the best parts of the meetups and why do you think it is important for SVT to participate?

Meeting others that use the same technology, and hearing about successful implementations are the best parts for me. As public service, I think we should get out more and talk with others in our field. We can show what we do and what we care about.


Overall it was a successful night filled with interesting talks, new connections, and good food. From an outside perspective, I found the mentality of the ReactJS-community quite refreshing. Collaboration and sharing knowledge is central and it feels like a team effort rather than a solitary job.