About Alyssa Biasi

Software developer. Avid baker. Dog person. @a_biaz

React Training is Coming to Melbourne

We have been busily re-building our core property listings experience using ReactJS for a while now. After the release of our revamped sold property section, we decided to find a way to engage the other areas of the company and give back to the local tech community.

With that in mind, REA Group is very excited to announce that on the 8th – 10th February 2017 we will be hosting a ReactJS workshop run by the amazing React Training team. React Training is a US based group comprised of ReactJS experts and the creators of some of the most popular open source libraries in the space, many of which we use here.

REA and React Training

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Singletons Suck (aka Flux to Redux)

As previously mentioned (see ReactJS – Real World Examples of Higher-Order Components), we are currently re-building the core realestate.com.au property experience with ReactJS. While ReactJS may be the shiniest of a long line of JavaScript frameworks (see Derek Zoolander meme), we have been careful about pulling in new “hot right now” libraries until we felt the pain and really needed them. Cue Flux.


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Graduates and Pairing

In March 2014, I was lucky enough to join REA Group’s first group of IT Graduates. The four of us have spent the past year rotating around the business, working with a variety of different teams. We have worked on front-end development, ops and everything in between.

This year the graduate programme has expanded to nine graduates!

Casey Leask put me onto the article “Pairing with Junior Developers” by Sarah Mei. I would highly recommend that anyone who has not experienced pairing with a graduate, and those who have, read it.

The main points of the article are:
  • Don’t type
  • Let them make mistakes
  • Take breaks
  • Be prepared to say “I don’t know”
  • Find what they can teach you

I thought I would add some of my own thoughts from my experience so far at REA.

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