Rock-Solid React & GraphQL Apps for People in a Hurry

Ryan Chenkie

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Founder @ CourseLift

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2017: GraphQL in the Early Days

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Frustrations

Repetitive, manual work

No good front end/backend author-time integration

Bespoke, potentially brittle solutions

Unclear how to separate a project into modules

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Things Have Gotten Better

Nearly all technical points have been improved

  • Better server libraries
  • Project arrangement conventions
  • Tooling is better
  • Codegen
  • Type safety

Adoption has grown and stabilized

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Still Room for Improvement

The learning loop can be challenging

  • Where does GraphQL fit in the stack?
  • How do I work with other APIs?
  • What tools do I need?

New GraphQL developers might still be left confused

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Early Wins for the Win

If we want more developers to try and adopt GraphQL, we need a better way to get them started

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The Ideal GraphQL Experience

Have a way to handle everything that other conventions do without needing think about it

Automatically be informed about the GraphQL schema across the stack

Have the benefits of the client-server relationship that GraphQL gives without needing to think about the mechanics

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Highly Opinionated

Brings together existing tech

Clear and consistent patterns

Many time-saving features

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What does a RedwoodJS app look like?

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It comes with two "sides"

Web

API

So does Redwood just install dependencies for these individual technologies?

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  • Generators
  • Scaffolding
  • Authentication
  • Routing
  • Layouts
  • Codemods
  • Monorepos
  • Custom patterns (cells)

Generating a Component

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yarn redwood generate component my-component

Generating a Page

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yarn redwood generate page my-page

Generating a Layout

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yarn redwood generate layout my-layout

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Generating an SDL

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yarn redwood generate sdl my-resource

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RedwoodJS in action

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redwoodjs.com

Ryan Chenkie

@ryanchenkie

Founder @ CourseLift

Thank You ❤️

Rock-Solid React & GraphQL Apps for People in a Hurry

By Ryan Chenkie

Rock-Solid React & GraphQL Apps for People in a Hurry

In this talk, we'll look at some of the modern options for building a full stack React and GraphQL app with strong conventions and how this can be of enormous benefit to you and your team. We'll focus specifically on RedwoodJS, a full stack React framework that is often called 'Ruby on Rails for React'.

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