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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)
1
Section 1: React
14
Section 2: React Native
27
Section 3: React Architecture

Describing UI structures

JSX is capable of describing screen elements in a way that ties them together to form a complete UI structure. Let's look at some JSX markup that declares a more elaborate structure than a single paragraph:

import React from 'react';
import { render } from 'react-dom';

render(
<section>
<header>
<h1>A Header</h1>
</header>
<nav>
<a href="item">Nav Item</a>
</nav>
<main>
<p>The main content...</p>
</main>
<footer>
<small>&copy; 2019</small>
</footer>
</section>,
document.getElementById('root')
);

This JSX markup describes some fairly sophisticated UI structure. Yet, it's easier to read than imperative code because it's XML, and XML is good for concisely expressing a hierarchical structure. This is how we want to think of our UI when it needs to change, not...