Setting up a React app can be confusing, since you have to take care of a lot of stuff that you don’t want to think about—at least at the beginning of your React journey. Fortunately there is a tool called create-react-app that is a neat shortcut. It allows you to start developing right away without having to worry about stuff like webpack and/or babel.
React beginners often have a hard time learning React, since the React ecosystem seems huge. You will inevitably stumble upon stuff like Redux, Webpack or Babel very early. At this point I was so overwhelmed because I had no clue where to start first.
It was even more confusing that I didn’t even know the problems that those tools tried to solve. Today I know better and I’m going to tell you that there is no need for any of these – at least not yet.
Functional components are simpler and easier to test in comparison to class components. However, both of them have pros and cons and today you’ll learn the differences and when to use which type of components.
React PropTypes are a good way to help you catching bugs by validating data types of values passed through props. They also offer possibilities to flag props as mandatory or set default values. They provide a great benefit with little effort.
React lifecycle methods can be confusing if you don’t know which one to use for your particular use case. Today I’m going to show you, which lifecycle methods exist, and how to use them correctly.
Today I set up a mailing list for a weekly newsletter. This is something I already mentioned in a post about my plans for this blog. Now what is it for? Why should you subscribe? I’ll tell you.
There are several approaches on creating responsive web apps with ReactJS. Apart from using whole frameworks like Bootstrap, I wanted to create a responsive grid view with styled-components, which was amazingly painless.
In my last article, I showed how I built a HackerNews feed with React and styled-components. In the meantime I could connect this little news feed to the official HackerNews Firebase API. Like the last time, I will show you how I did it and what I experienced while doing so.
Being inspired by a blog post from Dave Ceddia about learning while copying existing products, I came up with the idea of building a small story feed for the HackerNews page while trying out styled-components.