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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 about arrow functions

Arrow functions were a new addition to ES6. Basically, they serve two main purposes:

  • They shorten the syntax for writing functions.
  • They also automatically make the immediate scope parent, the this object, the arrow function's parent. 

Let me explain this a bit more before continuing as it's critical knowledge for JavaScript developers. 

In JavaScript, the this object, the owner object instance that member properties and methods belong to, can change based on the context of a call. So, when a function is called directly—for example, MyFunction()—the parent this would be the caller of the function; that is to say, the current scope's this object. For browsers, that would usually be the window object. However, in JavaScript, functions can also be used as object constructors—for example, new MyFunction(). In this case, the this object inside the function would be the object instance...