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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
The React Component Life Cycle

The goal of this chapter is for you to learn about the life cycle of React components and how to write code that responds to life cycle events. You'll learn why components need a life cycle in the first place. Then, you'll implement several components that initialize their properties and state using these methods.

Next, you'll learn about how to optimize the rendering efficiency of your components by avoiding rendering when it isn't necessary. Then, you'll see how to encapsulate the imperative code in React components and how to clean up when components are unmounted. Finally, you'll learn how to capture and handle errors using new React 16 life cycle methods.

Here are the sections we'll cover in this chapter:

  • Why components need a life cycle
  • Initializing properties and state
  • Optimizing rendering efficiency
  • Rendering...