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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

Creating a web API with Express

In this section, we will learn about the web API. Currently, it is one of the most popular ways of providing data across the web. In our final application, we will not be using the web API since it is our intention to use GraphQL. However, it is good to have some understanding of web API design since on the internet, it is very commonly used and under the covers, GraphQL also works similarly.

What is a web API? API stands for application programming interface. This means that it's a way for one programming system to interact with another. Therefore, a web API is an API that uses web technologies to provide programming services to other systems. A web API sends and receives data as a string, as opposed to binary data, and usually in JSON format.

All web APIs will have an endpoint that is represented by a URI, basically the same thing as a URL. This path must be static and not changing. If a change is desired, then it is expected that the...