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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!

The basics of functional programming

Apart from following the best practices when we write JSX and use a linter to enforce consistency and find errors earlier, there is one more thing we can do to clean up our code: follow a functional programming (FP) style.

As discussed in Chapter 1, Taking Your First Steps with React, React has a declarative programming approach that makes our code more readable.

FP is a declarative paradigm, where side-effects are avoided, and data is considered immutable to make the code easier to maintain and to reason about.

Don't consider the following section an exhaustive guide to functional programming; it is only an introduction to get started with some concepts that are commonly used in React of which you should be aware.

First-class objects...