ReactFoo 2017

A conference on React

React Beginners Workshop

Submitted by Siddharth Kshetrapal (@sidkp) on Saturday, 3 June 2017

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Technical level

Beginner

Section

Workshop

Status

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Abstract

On the surface, React may look like just a view library, but there is big ecosystem that revolves around it. This workshop starts with understanding the basic internals of React before exploring how to “think in React”, best practices and solutions to real problems that you will experience while building an application.

This workshop will get you up to speed just in time for reactfoo.

Outline

Outline:

Stage 1

Technically, it’s possible to write a React app without the latest version of JavaScript, but it won’t be easy. We’ll learn the good parts that make it easier to write maintainable code with React. Let’s also find the reason behind React’s popularity, what makes it so good?

  • ES6
  • Fundamental concepts of React
  • Virtual DOM

Stage 2

Learning the methods of React is important, but useless without learning how to “think in React”. Let’s understand the patterns that make your components extremely reusable and your application more declarative.

  • Thinking in React
  • Stateless components + JSX
  • Props
  • Styling
  • CSS-in-JS

Stage 3

Let’s take things to the next level and explore how to build real world applications that handle state and deal with data. If you have heard of state management libraries like redux or mobx, you’ll learn how and more importantly when to use them to get the maximum benefit.

  • Stateful components
  • Lifecycle methods
  • Data fetching
  • State management

Stage 4

Wrap things up with making your application maintainable and future proof with testing. This is also where we explore potential performance bottlenecks that infest React applications.

  • Testing
  • Performance

Requirements

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for developers who have an understanding of javascript, looking to get started with React or moving from a different framework like angular, ember, etc.

Requirements

Bring your laptop with node (>=6) + npm (>=4) installed and an open mind :)

Speaker bio

Physics ⚛️ graduate, javascript architect @practo.
Talk to me about design, web performance and open source.
Enjoys playing football ⚽️, noob surfer 🏄

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