The React Workshop: Get started with building web applications using practical tips and examples from React use cases
Despoudis, Theofanis, Punith, Anton, Richey, Brandon
Work through engaging exercises and activities and gain practical skills to make your web applications function effortlessly with the help of React
- Explore the React environment by creating live projects
- Solve real-world problems relating to building modern web applications
- Gain a thorough understanding of how data moves through different React components
Are you interested in how React takes command of the view layer for web and mobile apps and changes the data of large web applications without needing to reload the page?
This workshop will help you learn how and show you how to develop and enhance web apps using the features of the React framework with interesting examples and exercises.
The workshop starts by demonstrating how to create your first React project. You'll tap into React's popular feature JSX to develop templates and use DOM events to make your project interactive. Next, you'll focus on the lifecycle of the React component and understand how components are created, mounted, unmounted, and destroyed. Later, you'll create and customize components to understand the data flow in React and how props and state communicate between components. You'll also use Formik to create forms in React to explore the concept of controlled and uncontrolled components and even play with React Router to navigate between React components. The chapters that follow will help you build an interesting image-search app to fetch data from the outside world and populate the data to the React app. Finally, you'll understand what ref API is and how it is used to manipulate DOM in an imperative way.
By the end of this React book, you'll have the skills you need to set up and create web apps using React.
What you will learn
- Use JSX to include logic in the view layer of applications
- Get familiar with the important methods and events in the React lifecycle
- Distinguish between class and functional component syntaxes
- Create forms with Formik and handle errors
- Understand the React Hooks API and the problems it can solve
- Fetch outside data using the Axios library and populate the data to the app
Who this book is for
Brandon Richey is a software engineer and a React enthusiast who has written several popular React tutorials. He has been making professional and hobby programming projects spanning healthcare, personal sites, recruiting, and game development for nearly 20 years! Brandon is the author of the Packt book 'Create React App 2 Quick Start Guide'.
Ryan Yu is a senior UI engineer, writer, and speaker. He specializes in React with Redux and WebGL. His specialties and passion have led him to create a frontend course, FrontEnd 30, helping many developers and engineers improve their skills. He has led many web projects for government departments, universities, and banks. He has also contributed to developing several design systems built with React. He has also developed SEM & BIO to manage CSS in a better way.
Endre Vegh is a software engineer at Helpfulpeeps where he spends most of his time building web and mobile apps using react and react-native. Although his main focus is front-end related technologies, he is interested in creating backend solutions. He is fond of functional programming principles and figuring out the abstractions. He enjoys finding out things and sharing them. He can be obsessed with shiny new tech, currently, it is all about ReasonML.
Theofanis Despoudis is a senior software engineer and an experienced mentor. He has extensive experience with React, Redux, and Typescript. He has a keen interest in open-source architectures, cloud computing, best practices, and functional programming. He occasionally blogs on several publishing platforms and enjoys creating projects from inspiration. Theo is the author of the Packt video course 'Advanced Go Programming in 7 Days'.
Florian Sloot is a tech-lover since childhood and during his development years, he learned the importance of teaching and guiding. Therefore, as he got some experience with building applications, he started publishing learning resources himself. To date, he has taught hundreds of students and co-workers.
- Getting Started with React
- Dealing With React Events
- Conditional Rendering and for Loops
- React Lifecycle Methods
- Class and Function Components
- State and Props
- Communication between Components
- Introduction to Formik
- Introduction to React Router
- Advanced Routing Techniques: Special Cases
- Hooks – Reusability, Readability, and a Different Mental Model
- State Management with Hooks
- Composing Hooks to Solve Complex Problems
- Fetching Data by Making API Requests
- Promise API and async/await
- Fetching Data on Initial Render and Refactoring With Hooks
- Refs in React
- Practical Use Cases of Refs