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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 TypeScript-based Express project

In this section, we'll build a starting project that we will use to base our server on. We'll manually review and select each dependency and understand what role each will play in our application. When we're done, we will have a strong base for building out our server app.

There are many pre-made project templates that can be used to build Node projects. A common one for TypeScript users is the TypeScript-Node-Starter project from Microsoft. It has a good variety of useful dependencies. Unfortunately, it's geared toward MongoDB users, but our app will use Postgres.

Another project template, from the team that makes Express, is express-generator. It is a CLI that takes parameters and sets up a base project. However, this template generator is geared toward servers that do server-side HTML using template engines such as pug and ejs. This would be unnecessary for us since we are creating an API for an SPA application...