React.js is a Framework that Makes Coding Websites Easier

React is one of the three most popular front end development frameworks and they make it much easier to code web applications because of their design. React and all other browser frameworks aim to speed up web development so developers can get more done quickly.

Why Learn React? What’s in React that Benefits Me?

React is useful for simplifying and organizing JavaScript code. All frameworks aim to do this but each one is different in their approach. React is more JavaScript while the other two most popular frameworks use a lot of HTML. I honestly prefer React because of its design and feel its a better tool overall.

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Figure 1-1: React Component

Simplicity Matters

Using React I was able to redesign a client website quickly and efficiently. Because of how React keeps components organized and its intuitive programming interface, I was able to build a much better version of a previous Vue.js app in half the time.
 

Similarities and Differences Between React and Vue

React and Vue organize their code into components and are lightweight frameworks perfect for use on the web. Vue is more geared toward people looking to enter code for the first time and it is very easy to learn and use on a regular basis. React can be a little more confusing because of how it uses JavaScript in ways only programmers would understand at first glance.

In Vue each component is separated into 3 parts. The HTML is a , the is used for any JavaScript programming, and the

is for any CSS styles to be used in the component. (See Figure 1-2 for Vue Templates)

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Figure 1-2: Vue Component

Simplicity Matters

Using React I was able to redesign a client website quickly and efficiently. Because of how React keeps components organized and its intuitive programming interface, I was able to build a much better version of a previous Vue.js app in half the time.

Similarities and Differences Between React and Vue

React and Vue organize their code into components and are lightweight frameworks perfect for use on the web. Vue is more geared toward people looking to enter code for the first time and it is very easy to learn and use on a regular basis. React can be a little more confusing because of how it uses JavaScript in ways only programmers would understand at first glance.

In Vue, each component is separated into 3 parts. The HTML is sectioned off into 3 parts. Notice in the figure 1-2 the HTML is on the top of the page, the JavaScript is in the middle and the CSS is on the bottom.

In React, the HTML is located at the render() method and can be setup differently depending on whether utilizing a feature called JSX which is built into React. JSX makes coding React easier. Without needing to worry about using plain JavaScript (which can become needlessly complicated in React), JSX makes quick work of building apps.

The Difference between React JSX components and React JS components.

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Pros and Cons of React

PROS

  • Learning React is like adding a weapon to your programming arsenal for front end developers. With React there are so many job opportunities available. These days the number one front end development tool is React. Because React is so far in the lead of other frameworks it really makes no sense to not learn React unless you want it to be more difficult finding a job.
  • Simplicity using JSX makes building websites, apps, and tools faster.
  • Large base of support and big developer community make finding help easy.
  • React works well with traditional websites using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It even has the ability to quickly and easily integrate React into standard HTML pages without much work. Learn More

CONS

  • React is more difficult to learn than Vue
  • Not perfect for every implementation. For example, sometimes it makes sense to see all the code in a file in one place. In this situation using Vue makes more sense than using React.
  • React without JSX doesn’t provide much benefit to HTML page design unless dynamic webpages are necessary. Otherwise, implementing React is a needlessly complicated process making a project more difficult to manage for no obvious benefit to the application. Installing React.js on an old website can harm SEO and cause a project to become complex. Use only if necessary on a successfully built HTML project.
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Summary

React is a must know framework. There are so many uses of React and jobs are always available for it. But, of course, React.js requires a certain level of programming knowledge to effecively execute. Front end development is always easier than backend development. But, React can be integrated into a full stack .net application using React without JSX and implementing into HTML pages on the front end. Because of this versatility, React takes the top spot as the best framework out there today for its well-rounded usefulness and features included.

However, it’s not all perfect and utilizing React isn’t always the best option. Angular is still a great option when Typescript is a priority and Vue is great for organizing small projects. So, if something is small it still makes sense to use Vue because it’s very good at organizing code in components. React is the king of front end frameworks now, but that may change. You never know what the future holds in technology where things change as often as the wind.

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