MJS 072: Orta Therox

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Panel: Charles Max Wood

Guest: Orta Therox

This week on My JavaScript Story, Charles speaks with Orta Therox. Orta is a native engineer that believes that the right way to build systems is to understand as many systems as possible. He works predominately on iOS programming at a company called Artsy, where they make it easy to buy and sell art on the internet. He first got into programming because he loved playing video games as a child, loved creating his own video games, and worked his way up from there. They talk about his work at Artsy, how he used open source to learn himself how program, how he got into Ruby and then React and React Native, and more!

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • JavaScript Jabber Episode 305
  • Orta intro
  • Artsy
  • iOS programming
  • Hates lack of documentation
  • CocoaPods
  • Trouble with building native apps
  • His move to React and React Native
  • Used to run iOS team at Artsy
  • How did you get into programming?
  • Played video games as a kid
  • Taught himself with books
  • Using open source to learn
  • Open source by default idea
  • Loves giving back through blogging and open source
  • How did you get into Ruby?
  • MacRuby
  • Boundaries are very obvious in React Native
  • How did you get into React and React Native?
  • Native developers building stuff in JavaScript
  • Culture conflicts
  • How they dealt with dependencies in their apps
  • And much, much more!

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