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Redux Quick Start Guide

By : James Lee, Tao Wei, Suresh Kumar Mukhiya
Book Image

Redux Quick Start Guide

By: James Lee, Tao Wei, Suresh Kumar Mukhiya

Overview of this book

Starting with a detailed overview of Redux, we will follow the test-driven development (TDD) approach to develop single-page applications. We will set up JEST for testing and use JEST to test React, Redux, Redux-Sage, Reducers, and other components. We will then add important middleware and set up immutableJS in our application. We will use common data structures such as Map, List, Set, and OrderedList from the immutableJS framework. We will then add user interfaces using ReactJS, Redux-Form, and Ant Design. We will explore the use of react-router-dom and its functions. We will create a list of routes that we will need in order to create our application, and explore routing on the server site and create the required routes for our application. We will then debug our application and integrate Redux Dev tools. We will then set up our API server and create the API required for our application. We will dive into a modern approach to structuring our server site components in terms of Model, Controller, Helper functions, and utilities functions. We will explore the use of NodeJS with Express to build the REST API components. Finally, we will venture into the possibilities of extending the application for further research, including deployment and optimization.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
About Packt

Chapter 8. Understanding the REST API

In the previous chapters, we discussed how to create a React component, how to connect the component with a Redux Store, how to listen to an event dispatched in the component, and how to handle side effects. In Chapter 6Extending Redux by Middleware, we used a prebuilt Representational State Transfer (REST) API and successfully fetched data from a database. 

In this chapter, we are going to explore the REST API in detail and understand how it works behind the scenes. We will continue using the code base from Chapter 7, Debugging Redux,and understand its working mechanism

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Setting up the backend server in our application
  • Learning how to set up REST API routing endpoints
  • Creating models for endpoints
  • Creating helper functions required for the endpoints
  • Creating controllers for the endpoints