Thanks to its simple concepts coupled with the ease of use of the JSX pseudo-language, React quickly established itself as the benchmark of front-end stacks. Hundreds of thousands of developers from small agencies to large companies use React to deliver top notch experiences in their apps and dynamic website components, such as Facebook, Airbnb, Dropbox, Netflix…
With the assistance of features such as Virtual DOMs, JSX, impressive state management, and reusable components independent of each other, React developers can significantly cut their development time. It becomes fairly easy to create clean and manageable codes with React’s strict structure rules and unidirectional flow of data. It is also effortless to test and maintain these web applications and websites.
Today, React tries to stabilize its evolution by offering gradual updates and performance improvements even though it is already one of the fastest front-end technologies. With its increasing popularity, new frameworks based on React such as Next.js or Gatsby have emerged, offering new possibilities and overlaying the basic functionalities of React.
React also offers many web developers a gateway to mobile development with its React Native framework, also developed by Facebook.
Pros and cons of using React.js
Pros of using React.JS for your web app
- Smooth user experience for the end user, a wide range of interactivity options
- Fast: React has been proven to be faster than other similar technologies such as AngularJS and jQuery
- Component-oriented: React components can be reused throughout your app
- Scalable: React is a scalable frontend, allowing you to easily add new features as needed
- Very large and active community (supported by Facebook)
- Numerous test libraries like Jest to ensure non-regression of the proposed features
- It can be conveniently used on the client as well as server side
React is fairly easy to integrate with other frameworks like Meteor, Angular, etc
- Using React, writing UI test cases become extremely easy
- Beneficial for SEO: React solves the content indexing problem by generating client-side and server-side HTML before sending it to the browser
Cons of using React.JS for your web app
- React is just a library, not a full-blown framework
- Its library is very large and takes time to understand
- Coding can get complex as it uses inline templating and JSX
- Difficult to be constantly up to date with the latest news due to a constantly evolving ecosystem
Frequently asked questions about React.JS
What is the difference between React.JS and React Native?
What are the features of React?
Major features of React are:
- It uses the virtual DOM instead of the real DOM
- It uses server-side rendering
- It follows uni-directional data flow or data binding
What language(s) is React made of?
What is JSX?
How fast is React?
The React Virtual DOM is a simpler copy of the actual DOM which you interact with React. Instead of reloading the whole DOM each time there is a change in state, it re-creates the React DOM and compares it to the previous version using a difference algorithm. It then instructs the DOM to reload only the affected area. This significantly reduces the time taken to update a page.
How does React compare to Angular.JS?
React and Angular are the 2 most popular client-side web application development frameworks/libraries. The Angular/React difference is also a duel between two tech giants: Google, the company behind Angular and Facebook, behind React. Even if the purpose and possible application of these 2 frameworks is the same, some differences exist.
The major difference between the two frameworks is that on one hand React manipulates a virtual DOM (Document Object Model) while Angular manipulates the real DOM of the page. This has a real impact on the performance of your page. Indeed, React’s virtual DOM is much faster.
Here is a list of other notable differences between Angular and React:
- TypeScript is mandatory for developing an application with Angular while it is optional for React.
- React uses a virtual DOM and not Angular. As explained above, this different paradigm allows React to gain performance compared to Angular.
- There is more flexibility with React: choosing your tools and libraries is possible. With Angular some libraries are imposed because they are part of the framework.
- React has a larger community, therefore, you will have an easier time finding help in case of problems or bugs by developing your application in React.
- An Angular project is faster to start and set up while a React project can take longer to launch or architect
Is React a framework or a library?
It is a library although it does have some framework characteristics.
One key difference between a framework and a library is that a framework defines the structure and architecture of the code. It dictates how your app is to be developed. Think of it as a template for a house. A library, on the other hand, is more like the furniture and house fittings you can add to an existing house.
A library is a collection of programs that perform common repetitive functions during development. So just like with furniture, you can add a library to an existing codebase to make use of. This is precisely the way React is designed. It can be used to create UI components for your application or edit ones previously created with HTML. You define how you want to use it, which contrasts to how a framework functions.
Facebook, the creator of React, calls it a library.
What are reusable components in React?
Components are the building blocks of a React application’s UI. These components split up the entire UI into small independent and reusable pieces. Then it renders each of these components independent of each other without affecting the rest of the UI.
What are the different phases of React component’s lifecycle?
There are three different phases of React component’s lifecycle:
- Initial Rendering Phase: This is the phase when the component is about to start its life journey and make its way to the DOM.
- Updating Phase: Once the component gets added to the DOM, it can potentially update and re-render only when a prop or state change occurs. That happens only in this phase.
- Unmounting Phase: This is the final phase of a component’s life cycle in which the component is destroyed and removed from the DOM.
Can it be added to an existing project?
What companies use React.JS?
React is being used by a lot of big tech companies, including: Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Netflix, Zendesk, Yahoo, Codecademy, Dropbox, Airbnb, Microsoft, Atlassian, Slack, The New York Times, Asana and many, many more.
What is React.JS used for?
React JS is a very flexible, multi-purpose library. With the wide variety of features it offers, it can sometimes get a little tricky to comprehend when to use it. Airbnb and Uber started using React once Facebook released it in 2013. Cloud service Dropbox and news reporting channel BBC all use React in their websites and web and mobile apps.
React is well adapted for the following applications:
- Single Page Applications (SPAs)
- Dynamic Websites
- Dashboards and other Data Visualization Tools
- Customized solutions under a budget
Our Process & Workflow
We build powerful and scalable web apps that are custom-made through agile development processes using the latest technologies. Our professional teams of developers, designers and product managers will be at your side from the early conception to the delivery of a product that fully meets the end-users' expectations.
- Requirement analysis
- Strategic planning
2. Design & Development
- UI/UX design
3. Testing & Deployment
- Quality assurance
- Testing & bug fixing
4. Evolutive Maintenance
- Improvement & development
Our React.js team
Full stack React JS developer
Senior front-end React JS developer
Senior UI/UX designer
Full stack React JS developer
Senior Project Manager
Senior front-end React JS developer
Project Manager & Scrum Master
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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