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Full-Stack React, TypeScript, and Node

By : David Choi
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Full-Stack React, TypeScript, and Node

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By: David Choi

Overview of this book

React sets the standard for building high-performance client-side web apps. Node.js is a scalable application server that is used in thousands of websites, while GraphQL is becoming the standard way for large websites to provide data and services to their users. Together, these technologies, when reinforced with the capabilities of TypeScript, provide a cutting-edge stack for complete web application development. This book takes a hands-on approach to implementing modern web technologies and the associated methodologies for building full-stack apps. You’ll begin by gaining a strong understanding of TypeScript and how to use it to build high-quality web apps. The chapters that follow delve into client-side development with React using the new Hooks API and Redux. Next, you’ll get to grips with server-side development with Express, including authentication with Redis-based sessions and accessing databases with TypeORM. The book will then show you how to use Apollo GraphQL to build web services for your full-stack app. Later, you’ll learn how to build GraphQL schemas and integrate them with React using Hooks. Finally, you’ll focus on how to deploy your application onto an NGINX server using the AWS cloud. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to build and deploy complete high-performance web applications using React, Node, and GraphQL.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Section 1:Understanding TypeScript and How It Can Improve Your JavaScript
Section 2: Learning Single-Page Application Development Using React
Section 3: Understanding Web Service Development Using Express and GraphQL
Chapter 16: Adding a GraphQL Schema – Part II

Understanding how Node works

Node is one of the world's most popular JavaScript frameworks. It is used as the core technology for millions of websites. The reasons for this are many. It is relatively easy to code for. It is also very fast, and when used with things such as clustering and worker threads, it is very scalable. Also, since it uses JavaScript, it allows creating a full-stack application, front to back, using only a single language. All of these characteristics make Node a terrific choice if you are targeting the web. In this section, we will explore Node's architecture and how it achieves its strong performance.

To start, it is important to realize that Node is not a server-specific framework. It is actually a general-use runtime environment, and not just a web server. Node provides JavaScript with capabilities it normally does not have, such as the ability to access the filesystem and accept incoming network connections.

To explain how Node works, let...