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Last updated on 2015-07-20
About the Book
Having been introduced to the crucial fundamental concepts required to build React applications, we will then spend the remainder of the book actually building an application. You'll learn all about the Flux architecture, and we'll use the popular Flux-inspired framework Reflux to build a database-backed, highly interactive application. You'll learn how to integrate the popular Express server and MongoDB database, integrate user accounts, and finally turn your application into a native mobile application using React Native.
Table of Contents
This book includes nine chapters. As of right now chapters 1 and 2 are complete drafts and chapter 3 is about 90% complete. I am working on this book full-time, so you will certainly receive updates on a weekly basis until the book is complete.
Chapter 1. Introducing React (DRAFT COMPLETE)
In this opening chapter you'll learn all about React fundamentals. You'll create and render your first React component, get acquainted with JSX, create composable components, interact with props and state, respond to user events, and load JSON into a component.
Chapter 2. Configuring a Sane React Development Environment (DRAFT COMPLETE)
Chapter 3. Managing CSS, Layouts, and Routes (DRAFT 90% COMPLETE)
In chapter 2 we'll build upon React fundamentals by focusing on several key aspects of developing a React-powered web application. You'll learn about React's approach to CSS integration, how to integrate Bootstrap styling and Bootstrap's jQuery plugins, and how to define and manage routes using the React Router package.
Chapter 4. Getting Fluxxy With It (DRAFT NOT YET AVAILABLE)
Everything we've discussed so far has been primarily focused on React's view-oriented capabilities. However in order to build a complete application you'll ultimately need look at the larger picture. In this chapter you'll learn how to do so through an introduction to Facebook's Flux application architecture. I'll also discuss several Flux-inspired frameworks and guide you through a complete working example involving the popular Reflux framework.
Chapter 5. Integrating Express (DRAFT NOT YET AVAILABLE)
Logically your application will integrate with a data store such as MySQL or MongoDB. But how is this data passed between your React components and the data store? In this chapter you'll learn how to integrate the Express web server, and integrate it alongside the example React application.
Chapter 6. Integrating MongoDB (DRAFT NOT YET AVAILABLE)
We'll need a place to store application data, and while options abound in regards to databases these days, I thought this would be a fun opportunity to introduce MongoDB. Even if you don't plan on using MongoDB in your own projects, embrace this opportunity to at least learn more about what all the buzz is about and have fun with it. In any case, by the end of this chapter we'll have successfully integrated MongoDB into the application, connecting the REST API developed in the last chapter to the database.
Chapter 7. Integrating Forms (DRAFT NOT YET AVAILABLE)
Logically the success of many applications depends upon a high degree of user interaction. In this chapter we'll integrate forms and learn how to process data submitted through these forms. I'll also discuss various other UI-related matters which can contribute to providing users with a highly interactive experience.
Chapter 8. Integrating User Accounts (DRAFT NOT YET AVAILABLE)
In this chapter you'll learn how to integrate user account management capabilities, adding user registration, sign in, and other related features such as password recovery. We'll also talk about how to restrict application content to users in a variety of ways.
Chapter 9. Going Native (DRAFT NOT YET AVAILABLE)
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