JavaScript Jabber


AJ ONeal

Charles Max Wood

Aimee Knight

Dan Shappir

Steve Edwards



Jan 31, 2023

Front-End Hydration - JSJ 567

Dan Shappir takes the lead for this week's panelist episode as he talks about hydration. Hydration is the technique of using client-side JavaScript to enhance server-rendered HTML with application state and interaction. In the context of Web performance, he explains why it is regarded as such an issue and its impact. The second part of this episode is reviewing various ways in which modern frameworks, such as Qwik, Astro, Remix, and NextJS are trying to alleviate the impact of hydration:

Jan 24, 2023

Marvels Of Using Svelte and SvelteKit - JSJ 566

Tracy Lee is the CEO of This Dot Labs, a JavaScript-focused agency, and Adam L Barrett is a Developer Consultant at This Dot Labs. They join the show to talk about the wonders of Svelte and SvelteKit. It is a tool for creating fast web applications. Additionally, they explain how these allow excellent user and developer experiences.

Jan 17, 2023

Runtime Security With Gal Weizman - JSJ 565

Gal Weizman has professionally done Browser JavaScript security research for almost a decade and currently works in MetaMask. He joins the show to explain more about his profession as a "Browser Javascript Internals Expert." Moreover, he then talks about his project, "Snow". It is a JavaScript shim that applies an important defense mechanism in the browser to the web app's runtime to allow them to secure their same origin realms.

Jan 10, 2023

How To Plan For Success In 2023 - JSJ 564

Join Charles Wood as he takes on a solo episode this week! He tackles different strategies on how to achieve your goals and aspirations. He motivates the listeners by sharing his personal story of how he was able to climb back up on his feet after getting lost a few years ago. Moreover, Chuck dives into his plans for Top End Devs this year and how he can help developers take control of their careers.

Jan 03, 2023

Qwik Part II With Misko Hevery - JSJ 563

Misko Hevery is the Chief Technology Officer at He is also the creator of, known for zone.js, and helped co-create karma. He returns to the show to discuss "Qwik" in greater detail alongside AJ and Steve. No matter how complex your website is, Qwik provides the fastest possible page load times. In contrast to other frameworks, Qwik has special features that make it more user-friendly.

Dec 22, 2022

WebAuthn With Dan Moore - JSJ 562

Dan Moore is the Head of DevRel at FushionAuth. He joins AJ and Chuck to talk about the new API called, “WebAuthn”. Using biometric, secure authentication techniques, WebAuthn is a new approach for confirming your users' identities. He goes into detail about the usage of this API and how this is a good choice for users to validate web applications with ease and convenience.

Dec 13, 2022

Astro with Fred K. Schott - JSJ 561

Steve and A.J. welcome Fred K. Schott to the show to talk about Fred's latest project, Astro. After initially discussing some of Fred's previous projects (Snowpak, Pika) and the joys of esbuild, they dive into Astro, including how it works, its use cases, and the newly finalized dynamic SSR capability. They finish with some picks going back to the very early web, and, as always, Steve's fabulous dad jokes.

Dec 06, 2022

The State of WASM - JSJ 560

WebAssembly (WASM) is a core technology of the Web and supported by all browsers as well as various other runtimes. Yet despite this fact most Web devs don't use it and have little or no familiarity with it. This week we are joined by Istvan Szmozsanszky "Flaki" to discuss some of the significant transformations currently taking place with this tech, which could make it much more mainstream.

Nov 29, 2022

All Things TypeScript with Maina Wycliffe - JSJ 559

Maina Wycliffe is a Full-stack Software Engineer, Google Developer Expert, and Mentor who currently works at Flanksource. He is a Typescript Enthusiast and is the author of All things Typescript. He joins Chuck and Steve as he shares the reason behind starting his newsletter. His main goal is to teach developers to learn more about it and its typing system.

Nov 24, 2022

How To Recession Proof Your Job - BONUS

Are you looking at all the layoffs and uncertainty going on and wondering if your company is the next to cut back? Or, maybe you're a freelancer or entrepreneur who is trying to figure out how to deliver more value to gain or retain customers? Mani Vaya joins Charles Max Wood to discuss the one thing that both of them use to more than double their productivity on a daily basis. Mani has read 1,000's of productivity books over the last several years and has formulated a methodology for getting more done, but found that he lacked the discipline to follow through on his plans. The he found the one thing that kept him on track and made him so productive that he is now getting all of his work done and was able to live the life he wants. Chuck also weighs in on how Mani's technique has worked for him and allows him to spend more time with his wife and kids, run a podcast network, and a nearly full time contract. Join the episode to learn how Chuck and Mani get into a regular flow state with their work and consistently deliver at work.

Charles Max Wood

Mani Vaya
Nov 22, 2022

Wix Velo with Yoav Abrahami - JSJ 558

We are joined by Yoav Abrahami, Chief Architect and Head of Velo to discuss the transformation of Wix from a Website builder to an application development platform. Wix Velo enables developers to implement code that runs either on the client-side or on Wix hosted Node server, while constructing the UI using a WYSIWYG page editor. In this way, Wix provides an interesting alternative to app development frameworks such as NextJS and Nuxt.

Nov 15, 2022

What Is Functional Programming and What It's Not With Lane Wagner- JSJ 557

Lane Wagner is the founder of a startup company called He teaches backend development online in Go, Python, and JavaScript. Lane joins Chuck and Steve as they talk all things Functional Programming. They also talk about its importance and share their thoughts about it. Moreover, Lane also shares his experience with creating and the different teaching strategies he uses on his online learning platform.

Nov 08, 2022

Stories From The Trenches - JSJ 556

In this episode the panelists share war stories from their career and the lessons they have learned from them. They discuss things they have done back in their early days in tech, and how they now behave differently given those experiences.

Nov 01, 2022

Writing Change-Proof Software with Tests - JSJ 555

Shai Yalin is a freelance software architect and mentor. He specializes in teaching organizations and individuals how to use Test Driven Development (TDD) and other development methodologies and best practices. In this episode Shai joins us to explain how to use these methods in order to create software that is resilient to change, and how to refactor existing brittle code in order to clean out the rot.

Oct 25, 2022

Remix and with Kent C. Dodds - JSJ 554

Kent C. Dodds is a well-known JavaScript developer who has done myriad development courses and training. He's also done outreach for Remix. He's spoken at tons of conferences and his now working on creating which helps developers become epic web developers. The Jabber crew starts out talking about learning, teaching, and before going into the changes in the web platform and progressive enhancement and eventually Remix.

Oct 18, 2022

Being a New Developer with Diego Moura - JSJ 553

Diego Mourra is a newer developer who has recently joined the ranks of professional developers. The panel talks to Diego about his career as a fashion designer how he moved to Canada and go into programming.

Oct 04, 2022

Dan Shappir's Failed Predictions - JSJ 552

The panel goes back a few years and reviews some technology predictions that Dan made a few years ago on Quora. These include WASM, Progressive web apps, and others. Most were wrong, but one did end up being sort of accurate. Along the way, they go into some deep rabbit holes but manage to pull themselves out. As always, they end with picks, and Steve's stupendous dad jokes.

Sep 27, 2022

Software Development as a Craft with Netta Bondy - JSJ 551

Today we talk with Netta Bondy, a front end developer at Twang and dive into a discussion about when software development becomes a craft. We discuss the challenges of practicality vs. art, and the challenges of properly crafting code vs. working with popularly adopted methods.

Sep 20, 2022

Partytown with Adam Bradley - JSJ 550

Today we talk with Adam Bradley, the Director of Technology at He previously worked at Ionix as a creator of Ionic Framework, a mobile UI interface builder for web applications, and StencilJS which powers Ionix. Currently he works on both Qwik and Partytown at In today’s episode we dive into Partytown, discussing the unique ways it improves website performance. When there are so many third-party scripts injected into the average website, you can quickly lose control of speed. We learn how Partytown addresses this with a remote web worker, and how it still gets the data it needs synchronously.

Sep 13, 2022

Qwik with Misko Hevery - JSJ 549

Today we talk with Misko Hevery about solving the loading speed issue for websites constructed using JavaScript frameworks. Such websites are often slow to load, which is detrimental to their ability so succeed. After 16 years at Google, where he created Angular, he now works on the Qwik framework at, a headless visual CMS. We learn how Qwik dramatically improves page speed metrics through an innovative architecture that enables resumability instead of hydration. We talk about how this is implemented, and about how you can get started with it.

Sep 06, 2022

Web Performance and the Google WordPress Team with Felix Arntz - JSJ 548

Today we talk with Felix Arntz, a developer relations engineer at Google. Hired on the Google WordPress team, and involved with the Sidekick plugin, we discuss some of the challenges and approaches of improving performance on WordPress sites, as well as other open source CMS’s.

Sep 02, 2022

Supply Chain Security with Stephen Chin - BONUS

There is no question that the volume, sophistication, and severity of software supply chain attacks is on the rise. How do you navigate your supply chain security? Stephen Chin joins the show today to discuss various strategies and action plans for how to best prevent and address these types of attacks.

Aug 30, 2022

Even More JavaScript Features You Should Avoid - JSJ 547

Today’s episode is a continuation of the previous JavaScript Jabber Episode 543, where we discuss JS language features to avoid. Do you agree with the list? Today we talk about:

Aug 23, 2022

Vue Courses, Top End Devs, and More... Oh, My! - JSJ 546

Today Steve and Charles talk about the many updates and events coming to Top End Devs, from upcoming conferences to new courses and content. Check out the conference lineup at If you are interested in building courses or would like to speak at any of the conferences, contact Charles. We also dive into a conversation about what it really means to be a 10x developer and a top 1% developer.

Aug 16, 2022

JavaScript and IoT with Nick Hehr and Peter Hoddie - JSJ 545

Steve, Dan and A.J talk with Nick Hehr and Peter Hoddie about using JavScript with IoT devices. They cover a wide range of topics, including the XS JavaScript Engine, the only complete ECMAScript 2018 engine optimized for embedded devices (created by Moddable), and even get into the nitty gritty of how it is built and how it works. They also cover TC53 - the standards committee for JS in embedded systems, a committee that Nick and Peter are part of. In picks, they get into a great discussion on home security systems and their various security issue, and of course, Steve brings the great dad jokes.