“Lot of companies have started adopting React, like Flipkart, Myntra, RazorPay. Companies reach out to us all the time, saying we need these many React developers, how can we hire. React developers are also very well paid,” said Kiran Abburi, founder of Neostack, and organiser of React Bangalore, an active community of 13,000, which probably makes it the biggest React community in the world. Kiran and Rahul Sawant, lead for frontend development at Antstack, were our guests on Times Techies Webinar last week, where we discussed why React had become so popular (for details, do see the video on our Facebook page).
Kiran said they should do small open source projects. “I know people who have been hired because of such projects. Anyone can see what kind of code you write. And sometimes, these projects become big later,” he said. Kiran had started on React by casually building what is called a carousel library. He called it React Slick. It has now 40 million downloads, and every month, it sees an additional half a million to a million downloads. “I learnt a lot developing that asset. I also contribute to others’ libraries,” he said.