React Build Tools A Comparative Guide

Chuck Dietz

Chuck Dietz

React build tools, NASA photo from orbit

In this meetup, we'll dive deep into the realm of React build tools, exploring the strengths and weaknesses of four popular options: Create React App, Vite, Next.js, and Remix. Whether you're a seasoned React developer or just starting your journey, understanding the right tooling can significantly impact your productivity and the performance of your applications.

We'll start by examining the core features of each tool, highlighting their unique capabilities and use cases. From rapid prototyping to building production-ready applications, we'll discuss how each tool addresses different development needs.

But it's not just about features; we'll also delve into the performance aspects, comparing build times, bundle sizes, and optimization strategies. By understanding the performance implications of each tool, you'll be better equipped to make informed decisions for your projects.

Throughout the talk, we'll address common pain points and limitations, helping you navigate the trade-offs involved in choosing a build tool. Whether it's configuration flexibility, speed of development, or scalability, we'll provide insights into how each tool fares in these areas.

To wrap up, I'll share my personal preference among these tools and walk you through a live demonstration of building a new React app using my chosen tool. By the end of this session, you'll have a clear understanding of the React build tool landscape and be ready to optimize your development workflow. Join us for an insightful exploration into the world of React build tools!

Chuck Dietz

About Chuck Dietz

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and living-up Denver--Chuck Dietz, a seasoned full-stack web developer with over a decade of experience, specializes in creating complex E-commerce and real-estate applications. With a solid educational background, holding a Bachelor's in Computer Science and a Master's in Multimedia Arts and Technology from Duquesne University, Chuck has contributed significantly to projects at Zavvie and Online Stores, Inc., showcasing his expertise in API development and operational excellence. Outside of his professional endeavors, Chuck is an avid practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, an enthusiast of skateboarding, snowboarding, downhill mountain biking, and an aspiring marathon runner. He also indulges in guitar playing and music production, with his work spanning from video game remixes to original compositions, one of which has amassed over two million views on YouTube. Join Chuck as he shares insights into React development, blending his technical acumen with his diverse personal passions.

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