React in Action

React in Action 1st Edition

If you’ve worked on frontend JavaScript applications in the past two years, you’ve probably heard of React. You might have heard of it even if you’re just starting out building user interfaces. Even if you’re hearing about React for the first time in this book, I’ve still got you covered: there are many hugely popular applications that use React. If you use Facebook, watch Netflix, or learn about computer science through Khan Academy, you’ve used an application built with React.

React is a library for building user interfaces. It was created by engineers at Facebook and since its release has made waves in the JavaScript communities. It’s gained in popularity over the past few years and is the tool of choice for many teams and engineers building dynamic user interfaces. In fact, the combination of React’s API, mental model, and robust community have led to the development of React for other platforms, including mobile and even virtual reality.

In this book, you’ll explore React and see why it’s been such a successful and useful open source project. In part 1, you’ll start with the basics of React and learn them from the ground up. Because the tooling involved in building robust JavaScript UI applications can be incredibly complex, we’ll avoid getting bogged down in tools and focus on learning the ins and outs of the React API. We’ll also avoid “magic” and work toward a concrete understanding of React and how it works.

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