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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 Redux state

Redux is still the most popular enterprise-level framework for creating and managing global state in a React application (although we can use Redux in any JavaScript app, not just React). Many newer frameworks have been created, and some of them have gained their own considerable following; however, Redux is still the most commonly used. You may find that Redux is difficult to understand at first. However, once we do learn it, we'll see its many benefits and why it is so often the go-to framework for large, complex React applications.

We learned about React state in Chapter 4, Learning Single-Page Application Concepts and How React Enables Them, and Chapter 5, React Development with Hooks. So, to reiterate, state, or a component's data, is the main driver of all UI changes in React. This is the reason why the React framework has the word "react" in its name, because it is reacting to these state changes (this is also known as being...