Are you planning to learn React⚛? Let me make the process easier for you
Why you should learn React?
- Reusable components
- Fast due to virtual DOM
- Huge ecosystem
A typical React app contain many components. They are reusable and can interact with each other.
What is a component?
Component as a simple function that you can call with some input and they render some output
Attached image showing a typical React app with all different components. As you can see this entire webpage is nothing but the mixture of different components
Components are of two types:
1️⃣ Class based components
2️⃣ functional based components
Before diving deeper into it, let's talk a little bit about JSX
const element = <h1>Hello, world!</h1>;
Now we know JSX, let's move forward
A typical function component
Lets talk a little bit about a very important concept in React
You might have heard the term "DOM", virtual DOM is kind of similar. It uses a strategy that updates the DOM without having to redraw all the webpage elements
Every time the DOM changes, browser need to recalculate entire layout and then repaint the web page which makes a web app slow.
To overcome this we have virtual DOM Every time the state of our application changes, the virtual DOM gets updated instead of the real DOM
Whenever the new element is added to the UI, a new virtual DOM associated with that element is created. If state of this element changes, a second new virtual DOM is created which will be compared with the previous virtual DOM
It then updates ONLY the object on the real DOM
Setting up your first react project directory is quite confusing. Let's see how you can do it
I'm assuming you have node environment set up and up-to-date version of npm. If no, download it from here
Next thing you need to install is
create-react-app is a tool helps you start building with React app. It set up all the tools that you need in order to get started
Now you have create-react-app installed in your machine, it's time to create your first React app
Command - "create-react-app app-name"
Depending upon your internet speed, this will take some minutes. So time to prepare a coffee for yourself
Once done, run "npm start"
Your default browser will launch automatically and you will see something like this at localhost:3000
And that's it. You just created your first react app. I tried my best to give a quick overview of how things work in React.
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