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Beginning React

By : Andrea Chiarelli
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Beginning React

By: Andrea Chiarelli

Overview of this book

Projects like Angular and React are rapidly changing how development teams build and deploy web applications to production. In this book, you’ll learn the basics you need to get up and running with React and tackle real-world projects and challenges. It includes helpful guidance on how to consider key user requirements within the development process, and also shows you how to work with advanced concepts such as state management, data-binding, routing, and the popular component markup that is JSX. As you complete the included examples, you’ll find yourself well-equipped to move onto a real-world personal or professional frontend project.
Table of Contents (9 chapters)

Managing Routing

Modern web applications, based on the Single-Page Application model, can't do without the routing mechanism, a way to navigate among views while remaining on the same HTML page.

We can consider a view as a placeholder in the UI where we can dynamically render one component or another in an exclusive way. Let's try to clarify this concept with an example.

Suppose that we want to add a navigation bar to our Wine Catalog application. In its simplest implementation, we want to alternatively show the Catalog and an About section, providing some information about the application itself. The new UI will look like the following screenshot:

When clicking a menu item, we expect the main area to change, while the header remains the same. In this case, the main area will be the view in which we display the Catalog component or the About component, depending on the menu item we clicked on.

How can we implement the routing mechanism in React?

Installing React Router

We can enable routing in...