The Road to React (The Bare Essentials)
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The Road to React

Your journey to master plain yet pragmatic React

About the Book

The Road to learn React teaches you the fundamentals of React. You will build a real world application along the way in plain React without complicated tooling. Everything from project setup to deployment on a server will be explained. The book comes with additional referenced reading material and exercises with each chapter. After reading the book, you will be able to build your own applications in React. The material is kept up to date by me and the community.

In the Road to learn React, I want to offer a foundation before you start to dive into the broader React ecosystem. It has less tooling and less external state management, but a lot of information around React. It explains general concepts, patterns and best practices in a real world React application.

You will learn to build your own React application. It covers real world features like pagination, client-side caching and interactions like searching and sorting. Additionally you will transition from JavaScript ES5 to JavaScript ES6 along the way. I hope this book captures my enthusiasm for React and JavaScript and helps you to get started.

What you can expect (so far...)

  • Hacker News App in React
  • no complicated configuration
  • create-react-app to bootstrap your application
  • efficient lightweight code
  • only React setState as state management (so far...)
  • transition from JavaScript ES5 to ES6 along the way
  • the React API with setState and lifecycle methods
  • interaction with a real world API (Hacker News)
  • advanced user interactions
  • client-sided sorting
  • client-sided filtering
  • server-sided searching
  • implementation of client-side caching
  • higher order functions and higher order components
  • snapshot test components with Jest
  • unit test components with Enzyme
  • neat libraries along the way
  • exercises and more readings along the way
  • internalize and reinforce your learnings
  • deploy your app to production

What you have to bring

Before you start to read the book, you should be familiar with HTML, CSS and JavaScript (ES5). The book will teach ES6 and beyond. When you come from a different SPA framework or library, you should be familiar with the basics. When you just started in web development, you should feel comfortable with HTML, CSS and JavaScript to learn React.

About the Author

Robin Wieruch
Robin Wieruch

Robin Wieruch is a german software engineer and freelancer located in Berlin. In the recent years he has gained experiences in single page applications which use Ember, Angular and React. He is a full-time JavaScript developer, is doing his best to teach students on his blog and strives to learn something new every day himself.

Reader Testimonials

Muhammad Kashif
Muhammad Kashif

This book works like magic!

The Road to Learn React is a unique book that I recommend to any student or professional interested in learning react basics to advanced level. It is packed with insightful tips and techniques that are hard to find elsewhere, and remarkably thorough in its use of examples and references to sample problems, i have 17 years of experience in web and desktop app development, and before reading this book i was having trouble in learning react, but this book works like magic.

Nicholas Hunt-Walker
Nicholas Hunt-Walker

One of the most well-written & informative coding books

This is one of the most well-written & informative coding books I've ever worked through. A solid React & ES6 introduction.

A Rookie Developer
A Rookie Developer

Easy to Follow

I just finished the book as a rookie developer, thanks for working on this. It was easy to follow and I feel confident in starting a new app from scratch in the coming days. The book was much better than official React.js tutorial that I tried earlier (and couldn't complete due to lack of detail). The exercises at the end of each section were very rewarding.


The best book to start learning ReactJS

The project moves along with the concepts being learnt which helps to grasp the subject. I have found 'Code and learn' as best way to master programming and this book exactly does that.

Thomas Lockney
Thomas Lockney

Solid introduction to React

Pretty solid introduction to React that doesn't try to be comprehensive. I just wanted a taste to understand what it was about and this book gave me exactly that. I didn't follow all the little footnotes to learn about the new ES6 features I've missed ("I wouldn't say I've been missing it, Bob."). But I'm sure for those of you who have fallen behind and are diligent about following those, you can probably learn a lot more than just what the book teaches.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
    • About the Author
    • FAQ
    • Who is this book for?
  • Fundamentals of React
    • Hello React
    • Requirements
    • Setting up a React Project
    • Meet the React Component
    • React JSX
    • Lists in React
    • Meet another React Component
    • React Component Instantiation
    • React DOM
    • React Component Definition (Advanced)
    • Handler Function in JSX
    • React Props
    • React State
    • Callback Handlers in JSX
    • Lifting State in React
    • React Controlled Components
    • Props Handling (Advanced)
    • React Side-Effects
    • React Custom Hooks (Advanced)
    • React Fragments
    • Reusable React Component
    • React Component Composition
    • Imperative React
    • Inline Handler in JSX
    • React Asynchronous Data
    • React Conditional Rendering
    • React Advanced State
    • React Impossible States
    • Data Fetching with React
    • Data Re-Fetching in React
    • Memoized Handler in React (Advanced)
    • Explicit Data Fetching with React
    • Third-Party Libraries in React
    • Async/Await in React (Advanced)
    • Forms in React
  • React’s Legacy
    • React Class Components
    • React Class Components: State
    • Imperative React
  • Styling in React
    • CSS in React
    • CSS Modules in React
    • Styled Components in React
    • SVGs in React
  • React Maintenance
    • Performance in React (Advanced)
    • TypeScript in React
    • Testing in React
    • React Project Structure
  • Real World React (Advanced)
    • Sorting
    • Reverse Sort
    • Remember Last Searches
    • Paginated Fetch
  • Deploying a React Application
    • Build Process
    • Deploy to Firebase
  • Outline

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