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We Interviewed the React.js Team at Facebook About WordPress & Gutenberg!

wpcouple.com | 9 days ago | 21 min read

Maedah & I (Ahmad Awais) interviewed the team behind React.js and discussed with them this whole WordPress & Gutenberg thing — along with how React.js community, updates, job market, and contribution work. Take it for a read!

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Vladimir Prelovac

Very nice interview, good job.

Dan said something very interesting: "I’ve heard an argument that WordPress should not pick any library, and instead offer an interop layer so that people can choose for themselves. This makes some sense to me, but it does seem to go against the “Decisions, not Options” principle in the WordPress philosophy document. This position also fails to acknowledge the fact that interop is a long solved problem. For example, if WordPress adopts Vue, it won’t stop people from writing React components for it, and vice versa."

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Ahmad Awais

Glad you liked it!

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Sallie Goetsch

Lots of great stuff here. Alas, the thing that worries most people about React is the licensing (It's okay now, but will it continue to be?), and it's not the development team that's in charge of how React is licensed.

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Ahmad Awais

Yay!

"will it continue to be?"
Once licensed in MIT the same version of React won't be licensed differently.

"and it's not the development team that's in charge of how React is licensed."
But that's the team which convinced them to go MIT. :) I'd give them the benefit of the doubt here.

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Sallie Goetsch

You probably know more about this than I do, but I was under the impression that if FB could change the license once, they could change it again. If it's true that React is now going to be open-source-safe to use forever, that is reassuring. (I happen to have a deep distrust of Facebook as a company, even knowing that many really good people work there.)

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