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Jenn Creighton


What Tamagotchis can teach you about ES6 generators

What do Tamagotchis — everyone’s favorite digital pets from the 90s — and ES6 generators — pausible functions for async tasks — have in common? Both are really fun to play with. As a recent side project, I built a web-version of a Tamagotchi. But I struggled with one key element: how to handle a series of animations. What do you do when animations need to know that other animations are complete? What do you do when you’ve queued animations but a user event needs to be handle instead? This talk explores where I went wrong (hint: promises) and what worked (hint: generators). You’ll leave this talk with a solid grasp of how to combine promises, generators, and coroutines for async work — whether it’s for a Tamagotchi or your day-to-day work.

The how's and why's of flexible React components

Building React components is simple — until it isn’t. Real world constraints can lead to large components that “do it all”. Or near identical components with one or two changes. So how do we create flexible components without sacrificing readability and scalability? Jenn shares how she re-architected components to handle multiple use cases and increase engineer happiness. She’ll breakdown the technical concerns for each component, the patterns she considered using, what didn’t work and what did. You'll learn more than the "how" of component architecture -- you'll learn the "why"!

You’ll get the most out of this session if you’ve written React components before. But even if you haven’t, you’ll walk away with practical patterns, tips and tricks for the future.

About Jenn Creighton

Jenn Creighton is a senior front end engineer at ClassPass where she writes code between workouts. She is likely to talk your ear off about React, JavaScript, or her hatred of CSS floats. She lives in New York City with her 2 cats & 1 dog & a handful of succulents. Say hello to her @gurlcode!