Code Cartoons with Lin Clark

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“So much writing about tech is cheerleading – really being enthusiastic and throwing around words that don’t necessarily mean the things that people think they mean.”

Lin Clark is today’s guest on Software Engineering Daily, and she joins Jeff to talk about Code Cartoons, a webcomic that explains Facebook’s open source projects like Flux and Relay with the same elegance and creativity as XKCD. Lin explains why cartoons can be a surprisingly effective way to introduce technologies to people without the fuss and intimidation of written tutorials or documentation.

At the 2016 O’Reilly Fluent Conference, Lin Clark will be speaking about Code Cartoons and the technologies that have sprung up around React JS. Software Engineering Daily is giving away a free ticket to the Fluent 2016 conference, which takes place on March 8-10 in San Francisco. If you want to be entered to win this free ticket, tweet about your favorite episode of Software Engineering Daily and tag @fluentconf and @software_daily.

Lin Clark is the creator of Code Cartoons, and a Senior Developer Tools Engineer at Mozilla.


  • Why did you initially focus on React when you started Code Cartoons?
  • What is the canonical problem between models and views in traditional architectures?
  • What is the “action creator” character?
  • How should we think about the store relative to the idea of a database?
  • Are people aggressively adopting React and Redux?
  • What are the similarities and differences between working with the React OSS community, versus working on Mozilla OSS?
  • What do you see as the future of React?


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