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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


In this chapter, you learned about state and properties in React components. We started off by defining and comparing the two concepts. Then, we implemented several React components and manipulated their state, allowing you to dynamically update what the user sees on the screen. Next, you learned about properties by implementing code that passed property values from JSX to the component, in cases where the component only needs to display values instead of changing them. Next, you were introduced to the concept of a container component, which is used to decouple data fetching from rendering content, leading to a clear separation of concerns. Finally, you learned about the new context API in React 16 and how to use it to avoid too many repetitive properties when you have global application data.

In the following chapter, you'll learn about the new React Hooks API and how it supports using functional components for everything, including state and lifecycle management.