April 30, 2019 • Smart Resources

Lessons on React Native from Richmond Group’s Smart Sponsored Meetup


As a proud member of Richmond’s tech community, Smart Resources believes in supporting events that bring together IT professionals in the area to discuss important industry topics and trends. From attending career fairs to hosting and sponsoring user groups, Smart Resources aims to support and help technology professionals across industries learn and grow.

On April 16th, Smart Resources was pleased to sponsor a meetup of the RVA Software Development User Group at the Veracity Consulting offices in Glen Allen, Virginia. The group was created to provide and share information on software development with students and developers of all levels. Most of the material presented is delivered with entry level developers in mind so that everyone can benefit from the topics addressed.

This month, the group met for an introduction to React Native, a cross-platform JavaScript framework used in mobile app development. Smart Resources sponsored the April meetup, providing food and beverages from Maglio’s Pizza for the event.

Our Key Takeaways

The event featured guest speaker Jay Soumphontphakdy, a Cross-Platform Mobile App developer who enjoys working in a transdisciplinary manner between roles in design, development and QA. Jay is an ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Testing and Automation and recently presented on mobile app development at the DeveloperWeek 2019 conference.

Jay’s presentation to the group, “From Sketches to UI – An Introduction to React Native”, focused on how well React Native allows developers to transform their sketches and wire frames into complete iOS and Android mobile apps. He also discussed the differences between React Native and other cross-platform tools and considered future uses of the technology.

Looking Ahead

Building strong relationships with others involved in the local tech community can boost your future career prospects, and events like the meetups held by RVA Software Development User Group are a great opportunity to learn new skills and connect with like-minded IT professionals. These types of events also allow you a forum to ask questions or discuss challenges you’re facing in your current role.

Interested in joining the Smart team at local tech events? Check out our calendar for upcoming Richmond area programs and meetups.

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