The Obligatory "Hello World"

I can haz a blog?

Hi. If you're reading this, you apparently have too much time on your hands. Either that, or you've apparently concluded I have something interesting to say, which is confusing for both of us.

But hey, on to the actual post.

My name is Mark Erikson. I'm a software engineer living in southwest Ohio, which is pretty much the opposite of Silicon Valley. Born here, raised here, and still love it. Temperature swings get kind of annoying, and the Reds and Bengals are both guaranteed to provide heartbreak every year, but on the other hand, we've got the Holy Trinity of Cincinnati foods: Graeter's Ice Cream, Montgomery Inn Barbecue, and Skyline Chili.

Traditionally I've been a lurker online when it comes to programming, at least in relation to the larger community. But, within the last year or so, somehow I've actually found myself with some stuff to say online to a wider audience, mostly about React and Redux. I've sorta accidentally become something of an expert on them, and I've started trying to give back what I've learned. I wrote the official Redux FAQ, and was given commit access to Redux as a result. I maintain a big list of links to high-quality articles on React, Redux, and related topics, at https://github.com/markerikson/react-redux-links . It's specifically intended to be a great starting point for anyone trying to learn the React ecosystem, as well as a reference for solid information. Finally, I also maintain a catalog of Redux-related addons, libraries, and utilities, at https://github.com/markerikson/redux-ecosystem-links .

I've got a pretty big TODO list at the moment, which I suppose is appropriate for anyone involved in modern web development (insert TodoMVC joke here). My current priorities are some major additions to the Redux docs, which I hope to complete soon. But, hopefully not too far down the list, I hope to actually write up some posts on a number of topics related to React and Redux. In particular, I've got a few interesting techniques from my own prototype application that I think are useful and worth sharing. (Update: I've completed work on the new docs section, which is now available at "Structuring Reducers". I've also updated the Redux FAQ with additional links and info.)

Until then, feel free to ping me on Twitter at @acemarke, or catch me evenings US time in the Reactiflux channels.


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Mark Erikson

Collector of interesting links, answerer of questions