Lecture: Adventures with React and JUCE

Doing UI with Typescript in a C++ application

Ever thought of doing a C++ application user interface in React (even using Typescript into the bargain)? I've been part of a team working on a large C++ audio application doing exactly that. This session is a report on how it's been going, what has been good and what has been... less good.

You have a large C++ codebase that uses JUCE, a multi-platform C++ framework widely used in the audio world.

JUCE includes C++ GUI classes, so you can write your GUI directly with JUCE. But that means a compile and link every time you need to adjust anything, which can be tedious with a large code base, and besides, JUCE's GUI classes are pretty traditional. What if you could write your GUI in a more declarative fashion with React? And enjoy seeing changes in UI code show up immediately without a compile-link?

This the story of exactly this journey, using the open source react-juce library. We'll learn a bit about JUCE, take a dive into how react-juce works (and so see how potentially you might produce a React backend targeting a different C++ GUI toolbox), look at how such a GUI might perform, and reflect on the lessons from the project.


Day: 2023-04-21
Start time: 16:00
Duration: 01:30
Room: Bristol III



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