Basic Concepts and Learning Approaches
Suggested Learning Approaches
- React How-To
Pete Hunt, one of React’s creators, gives a high-level suggested order to use when learning React-related technologies (React, NPM, bundlers, ES6, routing, and Flux/Redux)
- Timeline for Learning React
How to Learn React
Another high-level suggested timeline for how to approach learning React and related technologies.
- React Roadmap
A curated list of free resources to master React Development, in suggested learning order
- Tips to learn React + Redux
An extensive and excellent list of suggestions to follow when learning and using React and Redux. Tips include when to use different component patterns, when to bring in a state management library, Redux state structuring, unit testing, and much more.
ES6 Feature Overviews
- ES6 In Depth
Many articles covering each feature in greater detail
- Exploring ES6
A full online book covering every aspect of ES6 in fine detail
If you are new to React, try reading these articles in order.
- React Documentation: Hello World
React Documentation: Tutorial
The official React documentation, recently rewritten with an excellent set of tutorials, explanations, and API information.
The official project creation tool from the React team. Allows you to set up a new React project, with no configuration work required.
- Simple React Development in 2017
An excellent set of instructions for setting up a React project with minimal fuss and effort needed. Includes links to some useful resources, and info on deploying the app to production.
- Modern Web Development with React and Redux
An up-to-date HTML slideshow that introduces React and Redux, discusses why they help make applications easier to write via declarative code and predictable data flow, and demonstrates their basic concepts and syntax. Includes several interactive React component examples.
- Learn Raw React
A ground-up React tutorial that leaves out any other related “modern” technologies, Very recommended if you want to skip the buzzwords and acronyms.
- 30 Days of React
A tutorial series that walks you through how to use React, from the ground up, in 30 bite-size articles covering everything from “What is React?” to data management to testing and deployment.
Data Flow: “State” and “Props”
Function Binding and
AJAX requests and Data Fetching
- The Little Idea of Functional Programming
Describes the three basic principles of FP: “data in/data out”, “code as data”, and “function composition” all the way down, and demonstrates transforming some data. Has some very helpful graphics and illustrations.
- What Is Functional Programming?
Describes how side effects and “hidden inputs” add complexity to code, in very clear terms.
Forms and Inputs
- Styling in React
An introduction to using React’s built-in inline styling abilities
- How To Style React
An excellent overview of the four major ways to deal with styles in React, and what the various tools are. Includes a decision tree to help you decide what to use.
- Getting Started with React and GSAP
An article focused on beginner and intermediate levels React developers, on creating animations using the GreenSock Animation Platform (GSAP), including live editable samples. Also includes links to other GSAP learning resources as well.
- Redux Docs
The official Redux documentation. Contains an excellent tutorial that walks you through “here’s what you want to do, and how we came up with this”, as well as recipes for more advanced topics. Be sure to read through the FAQ for answers to common questions and links to further information.
- Getting Started with Redux - Video Series
Getting Started with Redux - Course Notes
Dan Abramov, the creator of Redux demonstrates various concepts in 30 short (2-5 minute) videos. The linked Github repo contains notes and transcriptions of the videos.
- Building React Applications with Idiomatic Redux - Video Series
Building React Applications with Idiomatic Redux - Course Notes
Dan Abramov’s second video tutorial series, continuing directly after the first. Includes lessons on store initial state, using Redux with React Router, using “selector” functions, normalizing state, use of Redux middleware, async action creators, and more. The linked Github repo contains notes and transcriptions of the videos.
- A Cartoon Guide to Redux
A nifty introduction to Redux’s concepts using cartoon explanations
- Redux: From Twitter Hype to Production
An extremely well-produced slideshow that visually steps through core Redux concepts, usage with React, project organization, and side effects with thunks and sagas. Has some absolutely fantastic animated diagrams demonstrating how data flows through a React+Redux architecture.
- Leveling Up with React: Redux
A very well-written introduction to Redux and its related concepts, with some useful cartoon-ish diagrams.
- Connect.js explained
A very simplified version of React Redux’s
connect() function that illustrates the basic implementation
AJAX, Timeouts, and other “Side Effects”
- Redux Middleware
A tutorial describing how Redux compares to typical “MVC”, what a “middleware” is, what they can do, and how you can test them.
- Exploring Redux Middlewares
Understanding middlewares through a series of small experiments
- Redux Docs: Structuring Reducers
Comprehensive information on writing reducers and structuring data, covering reducer composition, use of
combineReducers, normalizing data, proper immutable updating, and more.
- Taking Advantage of
Examples of using
combineReducers multiple times to produce a state tree, and some thoughts on tradeoffs in various approaches to reducer logic.
Selectors and Normalization
Configuration and Concepts
- Webpack: The Confusing Parts
A great simplification and breakdown of the different pieces that make up a Webpack configuration: dev vs prod, CLI vs dev-server, the “entry” option, the “output” option / “path” vs “publicPath”, loaders and configuration, Babel, plugins, and path resolving.
- Angular + Webpack < 3
A long presentation that describes Webpack and its core concepts in depth. A few parts are Angular-centric, but still an extremely clear and informative set of slides. Covers topics like the “entry” and “output” options, “loaders”, and “plugins”.
- Advanced Webpack
An in-depth presentation that walks through Webpack concepts, terms, configuration, and usage. Covers a number of advanced topics, and very worth reading.
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