React in Action

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Summary

React in Action introduces front-end developers to the React framework and related tools. This clearly written, example-rich book begins by introducing you to React, diving into some of the fundamental ideas in React, and working with components. In the second section, you'll explore the different ways that data works in React as well as learning more about components. You'll also find several useful appendixes covering related topics like React tooling and the React ecosystem.

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About the Technology

Facebook created React to help deliver amazing user experiences on a website with thousands of components and an incomprehensible amount of traffic. The same powerful tools are available to you too The key is a clever design for managing state, data flow, and rendering, so your application is easy to think about and runs smoothly. Add an incredibly rich ecosystem of components and libraries, and you've got a recipe for building web apps that will delight both developers and users.

About the Book

React in Action teaches you to think like a pro about user interfaces and building them with React. This practical book gets you up and running quickly with hands-on examples in every chapter. You'll master core topics like rendering, lifecycle methods, JSX, data flow, forms, routing, integrating with third-party libraries, and testing. And the included application design ideas will help make your apps pop. As you learn to integrate React into full-stack applications, you'll explore state management with Redux and server-side rendering, and even dabble in React Native for mobile UIs.

What's Inside

  • React from the ground up
  • Implementing a routing system with components
  • Server-side rendering in Node.js
  • Working with third-party libraries
  • Testing React components

About the Reader

Written for developers familiar with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

About the Author

Mark Thomas is an experienced software engineer who works daily with React, JavaScript, and Node.js. He loves clean code, beautiful systems, and good coffee.

Table of Contents

    PART 1 - MEET REACT
  1. Meet React
  2. our first component
  3. PART 2 - COMPONENTS AND DATA IN REACT
  4. Data and data flow in React
  5. Rendering and lifecycle methods in React
  6. Working with forms in React
  7. Integrating third-party libraries with React
  8. Routing in React
  9. More routing and integrating Firebase
  10. Testing React components
  11. PART 3 - REACT APPLICATION ARCHITECTURE
  12. Redux application architecture
  13. More Redux and integrating Redux with React
  14. React on the server and integrating React Router
  15. An introduction to React Native
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