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Getting Started with React

By : Doel Sengupta, Manu Singhal, Danillo Corvalan
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Getting Started with React

By: Doel Sengupta, Manu Singhal, Danillo Corvalan

Overview of this book

ReactJS, popularly known as the V (view) of the MVC architecture, was developed by the Facebook and Instagram developers. It follows a unidirectional data flow, virtual DOM, and DOM difference that are generously leveraged in order to increase the performance of the UI. Getting Started with React will help you implement the Reactive paradigm to build stateless and asynchronous apps with React. We will begin with an overview of ReactJS and its evolution over the years, followed by building a simple React component. We will then build the same react component with JSX syntax to demystify its usage. You will see how to configure the Facebook Graph API, get your likes list, and render it using React. Following this, we will break the UI into components and you’ll learn how to establish communication between them and respond to users input/events in order to have the UI reflect their state. You’ll also get to grips with the ES6 syntaxes. Moving ahead, we will delve into the FLUX and its architecture, which is used to build client-side web applications and complements React’s composable view components by utilizing a unidirectional data flow. Towards the end, you’ll find out how to make your components reusable, and test and deploy them into a production environment. Finally, we’ll briefly touch on other topics such as React on the server side, Redux and some advanced concepts.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Getting Started with React
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Configuring Facebook Open-Graph API

In the following sections, we're going to learn more about Facebook Open-Graph API and configure it so we can start crafting some code to build our awesome application.

What it is and how to configure it

Facebook Open-Graph API is a service for getting, editing, and adding common Facebook resources. Some of its functionalities that you can use in your own application are: login; request user-specific resource permissions such as manage events, post to friends walls, and the list goes on. It has a bunch of functionalities that you can use and integrate your app with. One of the main functionalities used by third-party applications is, of course, the login integration. You can use it just as a login platform, for instance, if you don't want or don't have time to build one.


The API documentation is provided at and it's recommended that you check this out.

If you want to test some requests to their API, without having to start...