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React Router Quick Start Guide

By : Sagar Ganatra
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React Router Quick Start Guide

By: Sagar Ganatra

Overview of this book

React Router is the routing library for React, and it can be used in both React Web and React Native applications. This book is a simple way to get started with React Router and harness its full power for your applications. The book starts with an introduction to React Router and teaches you how to create your first route using the React component. You will then learn about configuring your routes, passing parameters, and creating nested routes. You will be introduced to various components in React-Router and learn different configuration options available for these components. You will then see how to use the Redirect and Switch components. For even greater ?exibility, you will learn about BrowserRouter, HashRouter, NativeRouter, and StaticRouter. By the end of the book, you will have set up a project with React Router and make routing configuration work in a server-side rendered React application, a mobile application built with React Native and also understand how Redux and React-Router can be used in the same application.
Table of Contents (10 chapters)


React is a JavaScript library used to build user interfaces. Unlike libraries such as Angular and Ember, which include a routing package, the React library does not include any components or services that help in routing. React-Router is a routing library that can be used in any React application, web or native. React-Router version 4 is a complete rewrite of the earlier versions and all of its components are written in React. The library includes the packages react-router-dom for use in web applications; react-router-native, for use in native applications built with React-Native; and react-router, a core package that both react-router-dom and react-router-native have a dependency on.

The create-react-app CLI is used to quickly scaffold a React application. It includes build configuration scripts that can be used to generate builds for development and production environments. The react-router-dom package is then added as a dependency to the application. The package includes the <BrowserRouter> component, which implements a History interface. The application's root component, <App />, is wrapped inside React-Router's <BrowserRouter> component to make the History object available to all the components in the application tree.

To create our first route, the <Route> component is included. It accepts path and component as props, and renders the component when the browser's URL matches the <Route> path.

In Chapter 2, Configuring Routes - Using Various Options in the Route Component, the <Route> component props are discussed in detail. Also, we will take a look at the various props that the rendered component receives, and consider how these props can be used to create nested routes.