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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 Express improves Node development

As we have seen, coding with Node directly has an awkward and cumbersome sort of feel. Having an easier-to-use API would make us more productive. This is what the Express framework attempts to do. In this section, we will learn what Express is and how it can help us write code more easily for our Node apps.

Express is not a standalone JavaScript server framework. It is a layer of code that sits on top of Node, and therefore uses Node, to make developing JavaScript servers with Node both easier and more capable. Just like Node, has its own core capabilities and then some additional features via dependency packages. Express also has its core abilities as well as a rich ecosystem of middleware that provides extra capabilities.

So then, what is Express? According to the website, Express is just an application that is a series of middleware calls. Let's explain this by first looking at a diagram: