Monthly Meetup Dec 2015 - Topic 1: Exponent and React Native

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Topic 1: Exponent and React Native
by Charlie Cheever
@ccheever | gh: ccheever

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bio:: Charlie grew up in Pittsburgh and is a Harvard graduate. He has worked for as an SDE and as an engineer and manager at Facebook, working on a variety of projects from Facebook Platform to Facebook Connect. He is the co-founder of Quora, a question-and-answer service, and is currently working on a startup called Exponent.

abstract:: Exponent is a software that allows developers to use just JavaScript to write feeling experiences on iOS and Android. You can go from zero to having your first Exponent project running on your phone in less than 5 minutes.

Exponent is two pieces of software -- desktop software you run on your computer and a client you run on your phone. When you're running the desktop software, you can edit JavaScript in your text editor, and our software will turn it into a bundle that the Exponent client can interpret.

Exponent is built on top of React Native, an open source project from Facebook, which targets the popular React JS framework at native views on both iOS and Android. This means you can easily take anything you write in Exponent and package it into an app you submit to the Apple App Store and/or Google Play.


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    I've been to conferences where React Native has been demoed. It looks quite interesting for iOS and Android development, but when will it support UWP apps? Is that on its way now, since this recording is published here at Channel 9?

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    It would be interesting if you could choose the language used instead of been stuck with JavaScript (e.g. Swift, C# and etc).

    At least you will be able to use TypeScript out of the door.

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    Isn't this a way to circumvent the App Store publishing process?

    For example, could I "publish" a porn "app" through Exponent?

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