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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

Learning Node's capabilities

In the previous section, we gave a high-level conceptual overview of what Node is and why it scales so well. In this section, we will begin making use of this scalability by writing code with Node. We'll install Node, set up a project, and start exploring the Node API.

Installing Node

Before we can write code with Node, we need to install it. To follow along, in the previous chapters, you may have already done this, but let's refresh our memory of how to install it again as Node gets updated quite frequently:

  1. Go to The following screenshot shows this page as of the time of writing this book:

    Figure 8.2 – Node website

    For production use, you may want to go down the more conservative route and use the Long-Term Support (LTS) version, as shown, but since we want to learn about the latest version for this book, let's select the Current version.


    In general, later versions of Node will be slightly...