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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 Express's capabilities

Express is basically a middleware runner for Node. But, like most things in life, a simple explanation seldom provides the information necessary to make proper use of it. So, in this section, we will explore Express and learn about its capabilities with examples.

Let's install Express onto our node-server project. Type the following command into your terminal:

npm I express -S

This should give you an updated package.json file that has a new dependencies section:

Figure 8.23 – Updated package.json

Now, before we start writing code, we need to understand a few things. Again, as mentioned, Express is a wrapper around Node. This means that Express already uses Node internally. So, when we write code with Express, we will not be directly calling Node. Let's see what this looks like:

  1. Create a new server file called expressapp.mjs and add the following code to it:
    import express from "express...