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React and React Native - Third Edition

By : Adam Boduch, Roy Derks
Book Image

React and React Native - Third Edition

By: Adam Boduch, Roy Derks

Overview of this book

React and React Native, Facebook’s innovative User Interface (UI) libraries, are designed to help you build robust cross-platform web and mobile applications. This updated third edition is improved and updated to cover the latest version of React. The book particularly focuses on the latest developments in the React ecosystem, such as modern Hook implementations, code splitting using lazy components and Suspense, user interface framework components using Material-UI, and Apollo. In terms of React Native, the book has been updated to version 0.62 and demonstrates how to apply native UI components for your existing mobile apps using NativeBase. You will begin by learning about the essential building blocks of React components. Next, you’ll progress to working with higher-level functionalities in application development, before putting this knowledge to use by developing user interface components for the web and for native platforms. In the concluding chapters, you’ll learn how to bring your application together with a robust data architecture. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to build React applications for the web and React Native applications for multiple mobile platforms.
Table of Contents (33 chapters)
Section 1: React
Section 2: React Native
Section 3: React Architecture

Using link components

In this section, you'll learn how to create links. You might be tempted to use the standard <a> elements to link to pages controlled by react-router. The problem with this approach is that these links will try to locate the page on the backend by sending a GET request. This isn't what you want, because the route configuration is already in the browser.

First, you'll see an example that illustrates how <Link> elements are just like <a> elements in most ways. Then, you'll see how to build links that use URL parameters and query parameters.

Basic linking

The idea of links in React apps is that they point to routes that point to components that render new content. The Link component also takes care of the browser history API and looking up route/component mappings. Here's an application component that renders two links:

import React from "react";
import { BrowserRouter as Router, Route, Link } from "react-router...