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Dive into JavaScript and Web development stories with hosts John Papa, Ward Bell, and Dan Wahlin. Sponsored by

A weekly podcast where we tackle the challenges facing Web developers today and invite expert guests on the show to share their experience solving concrete problems while building real Web applications.

Listen for practical insights and honest talk about the topics you are facing today, with Real Talk JavaScript.

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    Episode 42: Choosing Your JavaScript Framework

    What's the most compelling thing to think about when choosing a framework? Your 3 hosts, John, Ward, and Dan, walk through some of the reasons for choosing a particular Javascript framework.

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    Episode 37: Founding the platform - Ben Halpern

    We talk with Bel Halpern about how he built the platform, how they're hoping to monetize (or not), how to keep going on a long term project, and how an April Fool's day joke went awry.

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    Episode 26: Firebase with Katerina Skroumpelou

    Katerina Skroumpelou is our guest and we're talking about Google Firebase. What is Firebase? Why did Katerina decide to use it initially? What problems does Firebase solve? And more!

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    Episode 19: JavaScript Development - Should You Buy or Build, with Guest Wes Bos

    Wes Bos talks about the course and sticker platform he's built, the technology behind it, and the reasons why he's built parts of it, and used off the shelf pre-built options for other parts. This is a great discussion for those faced with buying a system and customizing it for your needs vs building your own.

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    Episode 17: Serverless with Jeff Hollan

    Jeff Hollan, Senior Program Manager for Microsoft Azure Functions, joins us to talk about serverless and talks about his serverless doorbell project.

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    Episode 9: RxJS with Tracy Lee

    John and Ward talk with core RxJS team member, Tracy Lee. Tracy shares the direction of RxJS, who is using it, and some inside tips on how to learn RxJS and common pitfalls.

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    Episode 7: Custom Web Components with Rob Wormald

    John, Dan and Ward talk with Rob Wormald about his views on where Custom Web Components are heading. Rob talks about Polymer, web components, how Angular and other frameworks approach web components, and where he thinks we should all head.

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    Episode 6: Upgrading JavaScript Apps with Sam Julien

    John and Ward talk with Sam Julien about how he approaches upgrade to Angular and other JavaScript applications.

    Sam spent the last few years at a non-profit with a series of refactors and migrations/rewrites with his team. For example: - Rewriting the C# API, first to unit of work (complete rewrite), then refactoring to CQRS - Adding ES6, followed by TypeScript, to the AngularJS front ends - Migrating the front ends from Gulp to Webpack and from Bower to npm - ngUpgrade (still in process when I left) - Determining whether to update to Webpack 4 or move to the CLI later - Several large data structure refactor projects initiated by the business that affected the entire stack (from SQL to Angular)

    They had to evaluate the risk of maintenance vs the risk of updating vs the risk of rewriting. They used a mix of determining the business impact, the technical debt, and developing proof of concepts to figure this out each time.

    I feel like this is a constant issue teams face, especially smaller teams that are not working for software companies (though software companies, of course, do this as well, but are perhaps more driven by end-user needs/sales).

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    Episode 4: Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) with Maxim Salnikov

    John, Ward, and Dan talk with Maxim Salnikov about his experience as PWA expert. Maxim discusses what they are and when he uses them, along with browser support, and how he uses service workers. Maxim shares a lot of tips on building and debugging PWAs that you don't want to miss.

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    Episode 2: Visualizations Using D3 with Aysegul Yonet

    John and Ward talk with Aysegül Yönet about creating visualizations with D3.

    You got data, now what? How do you visualize that in your apps? How do your users make the most of that data to make business decisions? Find out more with D3 expert Aysegül Yönet to learn more.

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    Episode 1: Scaling React with Brian Holt

    John and Ward talk to Brian Holt about his experiences scaling react and other javascript based applications. Brian discusses the roles that the human element, dev ops, linting, building, the libraries themselves and state management play in scaling javascript, based on his experiences at Reddit, LinkedIn and Netflix.

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    Episode 0: Meet John and Ward

    Welcome to Real Talk JavaScript, the weekly talk-show with advice and insight into the technologies and practices currently being used to build web applications in the real world.

    Each week, John Papa and Ward Bell will be talking to industry experts about their experiences writing, deploying, and maintaining web applications in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

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