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The Command-line utility for building React got an update - Create React App 4 is released

bdougieyo profile image Brian Douglas ・1 min read

It was a pleasure to sit down with Ian (iansu), the maintainer, to chat about the new features shipped recently as well as learn how he got started maintaining the Create React App (car) project.

Create React App is a command-line utility for building React apps quickly, and the latest version has just released with support for Fast Refresh!

Create React App v4 Highlights

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Joining the core maintainers

In addition to chatting about the new release, we learned how Ian onboarded on to the project as a maintainer.

Similar to Batman movies, no maintainer origin story is the same. Ian's story started by suggesting a feature to convert SVG images by default. After that feature was merged, an invitation to join the org followed!

Here the full interview on Youtube:

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Jukka Paulin

One of the most interesting part in the video starts at 10:55 where there's the talk about Why would you actually use a script (instead of just plain 'npm install react'). Keeping the eye on making things easy for newbies is an important goal. Many times some of the most frustrating things are about doing kind of "YAGNIsh" configuration work, especially if one is not sure about whether there's a chest over the other side of rainbow. Thx!