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React Design Patterns and Best Practices. - Second Edition

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React Design Patterns and Best Practices. - Second Edition

Overview of this book

React is an adaptable JavaScript library for building complex UIs from small, detached bits called components. This book is designed to take you through the most valuable design patterns in React, helping you learn how to apply design patterns and best practices in real-life situations. You’ll get started by understanding the internals of React, in addition to covering Babel 7 and Create React App 2.0, which will help you write clean and maintainable code. To build on your skills, you will focus on concepts such as class components, stateless components, and pure components. You'll learn about new React features, such as the context API and React Hooks that will enable you to build components, which will be reusable across your applications. The book will then provide insights into the techniques of styling React components and optimizing them to make applications faster and more responsive. In the concluding chapters, you’ll discover ways to write tests more effectively and learn how to contribute to React and its ecosystem. By the end of this book, you will be equipped with the skills you need to tackle any developmental setbacks when working with React. You’ll be able to make your applications more flexible, efficient, and easy to maintain, thereby giving your workflow a boost when it comes to speed, without reducing quality.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
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Section 1: Hello React!
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Section 2: How React works
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Section 3: Performance, Improvements and Production!

Taking Your First Steps with React

Hello, readers!

This book assumes that you already know what React is and what problems it can solve for you. You may have written a small/medium application with React, and you want to improve your skills and answer all of your open questions. You should know that React is maintained by developers at Facebook and hundreds of contributors within the JavaScript community. React is one of the most popular libraries for creating user interfaces, and it is well-known to be fast, thanks to its smart way of touching the Document Object Model (DOM). It comes with JSX, a new syntax to write markup in JavaScript, which requires you to change your mind regarding the separation of concerns. It has many cool features, such as server-side rendering, which gives you the power to write universal applications.

To follow this book, you will need to know how to use the terminal to install and run npm packages in your Node.js environment. All the examples are written in modern JavaScript, which you should be able to read and understand.

In this first chapter, we will go through some basic concepts that are essential to master in order to use React effectively, but are straightforward enough for beginners to figure out:

  • The difference between imperative and declarative programming
  • React components and their instances, and how React uses elements to control the UI flow
  • How React changes the way we build web applications, enforcing a different new concept of separation of concerns, and the reasons behind its unpopular design choice
  • Why people feel the JavaScript fatigue, and what you can do to avoid the most common errors developers make when approaching the React ecosystem