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2022 Noonies Programming Nominee Roy Derks on GraphQL, React, and More

by Roy DerksAugust 29th, 2022
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Roy Derks is a tech speaker, writer and software developer from the Netherlands. He's nominated for multiple Noonies 2022 awards, show your support and vote for him. The annual Noonie Awards celebrate the best and brightest of the tech industry, bringing together all are making the world of the Internet and tech what it is today. Please be sure to [check out our award categories for out of the award categories, and vote the people and companies who you think are making biggest impact on tech today.

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Howdy Hackers!


I’m Roy Derks! A tech speaker, writer, and software developer from the Netherlands!


I’ve been nominated for the categories below, and if you've enjoyed anything I've written this year, please take some time to vote for me.


I’m nominated for multiple Noonies 2022 awards, show your support and vote for me:


What's your current role and what do you like about it?

I’m focused on creating content and products for developers, especially around GraphQL. I want to make the adoption of GraphQL as simple as possible for developers, for example by creating tutorials around GraphQL and my work at StepZen.

How did you get into Programming?

Next to working with computers, I always liked watching movies and tv shows. When I was growing up, there were no streaming platforms, and people used DVDs to watch movies. As they were expensive, I built a website to trade DVDs with other people - for free!

How did you get into writing about Programming?

At one of my startups, I started using React and liked it so much I wanted to tell everyone about it. To share my knowledge, I created a blog and started writing down tutorials about React and later GraphQL and TypeScript.

When Elon Musk achieves his dream of getting us to Mars, what technology do you think would be important on Mars and why?

Getting to Mars would be an amazing challenge on its own, but if we do get there, I’d like to think computer science remains important. The same technologies we use on our computers on Earth will be important on Mars, just hoping the Wifi there is as good :)

What is your least favorite thing about programming?

Debugging code at 3AM in the morning, but I think nobody actually enjoys that part of the job. However, when you do get to solve that one bug in the early morning, sleeping after feels so much better than laying awake at night…

What’s a technology you’re currently learning or excited to learn?

Different implementations of GraphQL and TypeScript. The two languages are so complementary to each other that I’d like to learn more about the tools around them and how they work together.


I’m nominated for multiple Noonies 2022 awards, show your support and vote for me:



About HackerNoon’s 2022 Noonie Awards

The annual Noonie Awards celebrate the best and brightest of the tech industry, bringing together all who are making the Internet and the world of tech what it is today. Please be sure to check out our award categories, nominate, and vote for the people and companies who you think are making the biggest impact on the tech industry today.


The 2022 Noonies are sponsored by: BingX, and .tech domains. Thank you so much to these sponsors who are helping us celebrate the accomplishments of all our nominees.