Conf42: JavaScript 2020

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Building React frontends visually

Yang Zhang
Co-Founder @ Plasmic

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Plasmic is a novel visual builder for React and the web generally. It enables super-fast creation of maintainable, production-ready presentational components that can be imported into arbitrary codebases.

Design tools are fast and amazing tools for thought, but for a host of reasons are limited to creating drawings rather than production assets. Developers must instead re-create surfaces from scratch, by hand, using code (often heavily using tools like the Devtools CSS inspector, the closest thing developers have to a design tool). This inevitably leads to discrepancies and back-and-forth with the design team, and ultimately two sources of truth that are never truly in sync.

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