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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


According to GitHub, the largest repository for open source software, JavaScript is still the most popular programming language in the world. More projects are written in JavaScript than any other language. Even projects normally not associated with the web, such as machine learning and crypto currencies, often use JavaScript.

The JavaScript programming language is enormously powerful and capable, but in addition to the language, there are frameworks, including React and Node, that add to the language's capabilities, making it even better. On top of this, TypeScript has now become the standard for doing large JavaScript projects. It provides language features that make coding with JavaScript more productive and better suited for large applications.

Modern web development has advanced tremendously over the years. In the past, client code generally meant static HTML and CSS, with perhaps a tiny bit of JavaScript. And the backend was usually written in a completely different language, such as PHP or CGI scripts. However, it is now common to write the entire application, from client to server, using only JavaScript and its related frameworks. This ability to write our applications using only a single language provides enormous benefits during development. Furthermore, the robust and mature frameworks that are available make full stack programming in JavaScript competitive with any other platform.

In this book, we will learn to use the power of JavaScript to build complete full stack web applications. We will augment this power with TypeScript, another powerful top-ten language. Then, using frameworks such as React, Redux, Node, Express, and GraphQL, we will build a realistic, fully functional best-practices web application that will give you all the knowledge you need in order to build modern full stack web applications. And once our application is complete, we'll deploy it to AWS cloud services, the world's most popular and feature-rich cloud services provider.