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FEATURED TALK: Performant by Default, React Web Apps in 2020

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Ahmad Awais
Award-winning Open-Sourcerer (GitHub Star) · Google Developers Expert · Node.js Community Committee Outreach Lead · VP of Engineering WGA

Ahmad Awais is an award-winning open-source engineer and a Google Developers Expert. As a principal developer advocate, he cares deeply about developers and developer experience. Author of various open-source dev-tools and software libraries used by millions of developers worldwide. Like the Shades of Purple code-theme. He's known for his open-source community contributions in the Node.js Community Committee as well as a decade of that in the WordPress Core software (which empowers 1/3rd of the web). He's a TEDx Speaker, a member of SmashingMagazine Experts Panel, featured/published author at CSS-Tricks, Tuts+, Scotch.io, SitePoint, and a self-confessed tech-comedian. You can find Awais most active on Twitter @MrAhmadAwais, where he tweets #OneDevMinute dev tips and cracks silly tech jokes in the JavaScript web and cloud communities.


Building performing React apps is hard. Like really hard. You have to know how to setup webpack, Babel, code-splitting, TypeScript, and the list goes on.

In 2020, when building React web applications, my default choice is Next.js. It offers built-in performance, route prefetching, dynamic imports with code splitting, and probably the best server-side rendering experience — all of that with a no config setup.

By the end of this talk, you'll be a lot less scared of creating high-performance web applications that are scalable with both static and dynamic serverless components.