JavaScript Jabber


AJ ONeal

Charles Max Wood

Aimee Knight

Dan Shappir

Steve Edwards



Aug 09, 2022

The Story of Mel with Tomer Lichtash and David Frankiel - JSJ 544

Today we have special guests Tomer Lichtash and David Frankiel, a web developer and programmer behind the epic hacker folklore project The Story of Mel, a comprehensive guide to The Story of Mel. This story, which has survived through all the changes in the internet since its birth in 1983, and has morphed through all its iterations into something almost poetic in nature. This allegory tells the story of the birth of of high-tech culture as we know it today, and creates some heated debate among our panelists as to the validity of its meanings. Tomer and David tell some of the back story into their journey to discover if the story is a hoax, or if is truly real.

Aug 02, 2022

Splatty-doo and Other JavaScript Features You Should Avoid - JSJ 543

Today in this all panelist episode, we talk about JS features you should avoid using. However opinions don't always align, and some come with much debate! Although we couldn’t cover them all, today we discuss:

Jul 26, 2022

Upcoming Performance Metrics for the Web - JSJ 542

Today we have three guests on the show, Annie Sullivan, Yoav Weiss, and Michal Mocny, all of who are engineers who work for Google on the Chrome Web platform. Looking forward to Google’s new developments for measuring web performance, we dive deep into upcoming performance metrics Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) and Interaction to Next Paint (INP), a full page lifecycle metric. We discuss what user page interactions we can measure successfully and which we cannot. We discuss the challenges of single-page applications when looking at core web vitals.

Jul 19, 2022

Navigating Online Events and Conferences - JSJ 541

Today, in this all-panelist episode we talk about upcoming online events and conferences. With upcoming Top End Devs meetups and conferences, starting in August, we talk about all the benefits of being in person at an event, and the camaraderie at and after the event. We talk about the ways that Airmeet allows for a good connection between the speakers and audience. You’ll also pick up some tips on becoming a speaker at one of these events.

Jul 12, 2022 and Qwik - JSJ 540

Today we talk with Steve Sewell, co-founder and CEO of, about their visual editor and designer which connects to many open source systems. Running within a website wysiwyg, it integrates with most modern front end frameworks, such as React, Due and Svelte. We discuss how it functions and connects to various systems. We also dive into the backstory of how and why created their framework called Qwik.

Jul 05, 2022

Hydrogen and Oxygen - JSJ 539

Today we talk with Josh Larson a senior staff developer at Shopify who is front and center in development of Hydrogen. We learn how Hydrogen addresses the varying needs of shop owners to build storefronts quickly and effectively. With rendering on the server only, this metaframework provides a toolkit helping customers build a more customized web presence. We learn about Oxygen, which allows customers to host and deploy Hydrogen. We also discuss the decision behind the decision to use React to build this framework, how the framework provides super-custom experiences for the user, and discuss some of the technical challenges faced when building it.

Jun 28, 2022

To TypeScript or Not to TypeScript - JSJ 538

Today we talk with Matt Pocock, who comes from Oxfordshire, England. As a big fan of TypeScript and maintainer of the Xstate library, we discuss the benefits and downsides of TypeScript. As the discussion gets a bit heated, we debate the true value of TypeScript, and where it holds value to the programming community.

Jun 21, 2022

Core Web Vitals and Whatnot - JSJ 537

Today’s guest Annie Sullivan, a software engineer on the Chrome Platform team, focussing on core web vitals metrics which is all about performance and user experience metrics for websites. We discuss topics such as Largest Contentful Paint (LCP), and how it works behind the scenes. We also touch on Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) and things that impact browser experience.

Jun 14, 2022

Gal Schlezinger and Edge Functions - JSJ 536

Today we talk with Gal working on developer tooling for the last decade. Previously working at WIX, and now working at Vercel, he has created an open source FNM fast node version manager within that operates within Rust. We talk about Vercel’s Edge Functions, which allows users to insert routing strategies with user code without having performance hits.

Jun 07, 2022

A Deep Dive Into Some Nooks and Crannies of JavaScript - JSJ 535

In today’s all-panelist episode, we take a deep dive into some of the nooks and crannies of JavaScript. We discuss and debate the benefits and problems of various methods such as getter and setter, Const, Freeze and Proxy.

May 31, 2022

Preventing Fraud on Your Payment Website - JSJ 534

Today we talk with Paul Asjes, a developer advocate at Stripe. We get some insight into creating a more secure site for credit card transactions. We also discuss card testing, or account stealing, techniques that are used to gain access to active credits cards. This topic is very important because it can have big financial consequences, and if serious enough, could cause a business to close. Paul gives us some techniques and strategies to discourage and prevent this activity.

May 24, 2022

TC39 and Upcoming Proposals for ECMAScript (PART 2) - JSJ 533

Today we chat with Thomas Randolph from GitLab, to discuss his Top 10 list of the upcoming TC39 proposal

May 17, 2022

TC39 and Upcoming Proposals for ECMAScript (PART 1) - JSJ 532

Today we chat with Thomas Randolph from GitLab, to discuss his Top 10 list of the upcoming TC39 proposals.

May 10, 2022

Using Storybook and Nuxt To Quickly Build Websites - JSJ 531

Steve, AJ, and Dan talk to Drew Baker, co-founder of Los Angeles based digital agency Funkhaus about Storybook and Nuxt. After a discussion of various server side rendering methods, Drew talks about how they use Storybook, how it integrates tightly with Nuxt, and how it helps Funkhaus quickly and cleanly spin up sites for large customers.

May 03, 2022

NoSQL and RavenDB - JSJ 530

Today we talk with Dejan Miličić, a consultant with more than 20 years of experience as a professional software developer with RavenDB. His areas of expertise are designing, writing, and maintaining applications, with a focus on software architecture and backend development. Dejan discusses the challenges and benefits of NoSQL databases, and what he has learned along the way to simplify and reduce the time required to make changes. We also talk about ways to approach different types of NoSQL databases, and how they should be used.

Apr 26, 2022

Blockchain with Max Kordek - JSJ 529

In this episode, we talk with Max Kordek of Lisk, a leading expert on Blockchain. You’ll learn about what a Blockchain is, how it works, and the benefits of using it. There is also discussion on the opportunities that blockchain presents for the JavaScript developer. How does blockchain work as a decentralized ledger accessed across the world? We discuss how it operates without a central authority - everyone who participates in the network has the financial incentive that no one lies. This creates data that is secure and has integrity. Everything runs on a neutral protocol - no one can manipulate it. No interference from a third party. What is best suited for blockchain? With real-world examples, we discuss what major industries currently benefit - and where there is potential. Blockchain software development kits are available for developers to discover what blockchain can be used for. Logics and Libraries available to the large world of JS developers. Don't forget the lisk.js event this summer, and make sure to visit @maxkordek on Twitter at

Apr 19, 2022

SolidJS with Ryan Carniato - JSJ 528

SolidJS is a web development framework that focuses on using reactivity and carries forward several ideas from Knockout.js. Ryan Carniato, the creator of SolidJS breaks down the history and ideas behind SolidJS and compares it to React and other frameworks.

Apr 12, 2022

What's New with Elm? ft. Lindsay Wardell - JSJ 527

Elm is a functional language that compiles to JavaScript and runs in the browser. Lindsay Wardell from NoRedInk joins the JavaScript Jabber panel this week to discuss her background with Vue and Elm. The discussion ranges into how Lindsay got into Elm and how it differs and solves some of the issues that crop up when people build apps with JavaScript.

Mar 29, 2022

React Component and State Management - JSJ 526

This episode is Part 3 of the Dan Shappir trilogy. Today, he’s laying out the deets on components and state management inside of React, plus some exciting developments coming later this year. In This Episode 1) Why you ought to know the “ideal” situation for React components (and how to get there!) 2) These new “front-end paradigms” that are going to CHANGE how we approach React and others 3) SUPER exciting developments coming for React in 2022

Mar 15, 2022

Supply Chain Security - Part 2 - JSJ 525

There’s always more to learn about security, especially nowadays. In this episode, the Jabberers continue their conversation with Feross Aboukhadijeh about supply chain security. You can never be too careful! (Well…maybe.) “The most important thing you can do is have a mindset shift around dependencies.” _ _- Feross Aboukhadijeh In This Episode 1) How the BEST way to keep your security tight is NOT done on the computer 2) Why we’re seeing a trend toward THESE kinds of packages in 2022 3) What you NEED to know about dependencies and their expiration dates

Mar 08, 2022

Supply Chain Security - Part 1 - JSJ 524

Malware attacks are scary, so preparation is keys. In this episode, the Jabberers talk with Feross Aboukhadijeh, a developer who’s redefining malware detection to help you prepare for the next assault. “It’s awesome that such small teams can make complex code, but it’s not enough to just scan for vulnerabilities.” -Feross Aboukhadijeh In This Episode 1) This SCARY trend in supple chain malware attacks (and how to prepare) 2) Why tools like Socket are VERY different from common malware detection 3) How companies in 2022 are addressing their security (and what they’re looking for in developers to help them)

Mar 01, 2022

OAuth Explained - JSJ 523

Is OAuth all it’s cracked up to be? In this episode, the Jabberers sit down with Dan Moore, an expert in the OAuth world. They discuss the GIANT perks of OAuth (even if you’re a beginner), how to fix OAuth’s biggest issues, and what you NEED to watch out for in OAuth if you’re a prospective client. “The end goal of OAuth is let someone else handle authentication, and based on tokens you get, you have the insurance that the authentication was valid.” - Dan Moore In This Episode 1) The HUGE perks of using OAuth in 2022 (and how to get started) 2) What you SHOULD be looking for in OAuth as a client 3) How to resolve OAuth’s biggest drawbacks and feel confident in your security

Feb 22, 2022

Front End Architecture - JSJ 522

In this episode, the Jabberers sit down with Gil Fink, a Microsoft vet and Google developer who’s gonna convince why having front architecture is a no-brainer. They discuss what differentiates it from components, how “memory floods” are washing away developers (and why they’re causing them!), and the BEST way to move between architectures without losing your mind. “You need to understand all the moving parts in your architecture.” - Gil Fink In This Episode 1) What makes front end architecture VERY different from components 2) The BIGGEST problems around “prop drilling” between your components (and how libraries really help) 3) How “memory floods” overwhelm developers…and why they don’t even realize they’re causing them! 4) The CORRECT way to move between architectures without screwing yourself

Feb 15, 2022

How to Become a Senior Developer with Shem Magnezi - JSJ 521

Want to know what makes a senior developer? We know a thing or two. In this episode, the Jabberers sit down with Shem Magnezi, a senior developer at Wilco who shares what he’s learned over his seasoned career. They talk about the do’s and don’ts of being a manager, why small and large companies share this ONE feature, and a HUGE mindset reset that will keep you ahead of the game. “It’s important for people to understand where they can make an impact.” - Shem Magnezi In This Episode 1) The KEY differences between smaller and larger companies (and how to hedge your bets when applying) 2) What separates the novice from the expert in a company (and what managers are looking for!) 3) If you’re considering the managerial route, consider THIS risk before going down that road 4) Why THIS mindset shift will make your job easier AND make a larger impact on your company

Feb 08, 2022

Web3 with Nik Kalyani - JSJ 520

Feel like you don’t know enough about Web3? Don’t worry, neither do we. That’s where these podcasts come in! In this new episode, the Jabberers sit down with Nik Kalyani, the founder of Decentology and overall Web3 expert. The gang discusses the “big D” of Web3 (and why you need to understand it), how Web3 changes the game for blockchain and the like, and how Web3 is going to make gaming bigger AND more lucrative. “For developers, Web3 equals a green field of opportunity!” - Nik Kalyani In This Episode 1. The “big D” that you NEED to know to understand Web3 (and why it’s about more than just the tech) 2. The BIGGEST concern about Web2 that Web3 is trying to solve (and how it changes privacy for everyone) 3. How to navigate NFTs, blockchain, and more buzzwords in Web3 4.The future of Java with Web3 (and why it’s easier than Web2!) 5. How Web3 is changing the game for gaming