Josh Tynjala is a frontend web developer, an open source contributor, and a karaoke enthusiast. By day, Josh builds single-page progressive web apps using React and TypeScript. At night, he can be found singing his heart out at the nearest karaoke bar. Josh lives in Seattle with his beautiful wife Kristen, a dog named Ollie, and a cat named Osiris.
Josh works with clients of all sizes to build modern web applications using leading industry technologies — including React, Redux, and TypeScript. To hire Josh, visit his company website: bowlerhatsoftware.com.
For over a decade, Josh has worked independently on Logic.ly, a simulator for digital logic circuits that is used in classrooms around the world. In 2018, he launched a brand new version of Logic.ly, which he rebuilt from scratch using React, Redux, and TypeScript.
Here’s what one student had to say about the software:
Learning about logic gates in my computer organization class, and Logic.ly has been neat. Love software like this: focused & well-made.
—Ryan Gonzalez, Student
Before Josh started working with React, he created Feathers UI, a user interface component library built on top of Starling Framework and Adobe AIR. Adobe officially sponsored both Feathers and Starling for a number of years, and the projects were included in the Adobe Gaming SDK. Feathers has been used in games published by Ubisoft and 2K Games and in mobile apps for cosmetics brand Estee Lauder and Swiss luxury watch designer Jaeger-LeCoultre.
As a commiter and member of the project management committee for Apache Royale, Josh contributed a number of enhancements to Royale’s ActionScript compiler — including the ability to target Node.js, support for JSX and React, and the generation of “source maps” to allow developers to debug ActionScript code using web browser developer tools and IDEs. Josh also integrated the Royale compiler into the ActionScript & MXML language extension for Visual Studio Code to support ActionScript projects with full code intelligence. Additionally, he implemented Visual Studio Code’s “debug adapter protocol” to allow debugging apps running on Adobe AIR and Flash Player.
In the past, Josh has spoken at several developer conferences and meetups — including ApacheCon, Adobe MAX, 360 Flex, and the Silicon Valley Flex User Group. Presentation topics included user interface component architecture, open source best practices, and sessions about Josh’s own open source libraries.
Believe it or not, Josh once acted in his university’s production of As You Like It, one of Shakespeare’s famous plays. During the same year, he participated in a live broadcast (and a simultaneous live stage performance) of the classic radio drama, War of the Worlds. He’s also listed on IMDB for a role in a short film.