The React Story: How Facebook’s Instagram Acquisition Led To The Open Sourcing of React.js

React is now one of the most popular JavaScript UI libraries in the world. It has over 70K stars on GitHub, over 1100 contributors, over 6M downloads this past month alone, and well over 4K company stacks. But when Facebook first introduced React to the world, not too many people cared.

For the latest episode of Stack Stories, we did something a bit different. We decided to focus on the origin story of the one of the most popular technologies in the software development world: React. We sat down with Pete Hunt, one of the original creators of React, now CEO at Smyte, to get the untold, in-depth story of why React was first created, how it gained adoption within Facebook due to the Instagram acquisition, and it’s eventual release to the public.

Listen to the interview in full or check out the transcript below (edited for brevity).

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https://stackshare.io/posts/the-react-story

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