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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 React helps build SPAs

In this section, we'll learn about React at a high level. This understanding will help us build better React-based applications as we'll understand how React operates internally.

As mentioned previously, a website is primarily just an HTML file, which is a text-based document. This file contains code that the browser uses to create a logical tree called the Document Object Model (DOM). This tree represents all of the HTML elements within the file according to their order and relative to other elements in the structure. All websites have a DOM structure on their pages, whether they use the SPA style or not. However, React takes advantage of the DOM in unique ways in order to help build apps.

React has two main constructs:

  • React maintains its own virtual DOM at runtime. This virtual DOM is distinct from the browser's DOM. It is React's own unique copy of the DOM that it creates and maintains based on the instructions...