React

Technology

React is an open-source JavaScript library for building user interfaces. It is maintained by Facebook, Instagram and a community of individual developers and corporations.

  • Declarative
  • Component-based
  • Learn Once, Write Anywhere

Overview

React is a JavaScript framework. It was created by Jordan Walke, a software engineer at Facebook. He was influenced by XHP, an HTML component framework for PHP. It was first deployed on Facebook’s newsfeed in 2011 and later on Instagram.com in 2012. It was open-sourced at JSConf US in May 2013. React Native, which enables native iOS, Android and UWP development with React, was announced at Facebook’s React.js Conf in February 2015 and open-sourced in March 2015.

React allows developers to create large web applications that use data which can change over time, without reloading the page. Its main goal is to be fast, simple and scalable. React processes only user interface in applications. This corresponds to View in the Model-View-Controller (MVC) template, and can be used in combination with other JavaScript libraries or frameworks in MVC, such as Angular.

Benefits Of Creating With React

Declarative

React makes it painless to create interactive UIs. Design simple views for each state in your application, and React will efficiently update and render just the right components when your data changes. Declarative views make your code more predictable, simpler to understand, and easier to debug.

Component-Based

React lets you build encapsulated components that manage their own state, then compose them to make complex UIs. Since component logic is written in JavaScript instead of templates, it can easily pass rich data through your app and keep state out of the DOM.

Learn Once, Write Anywhere

It doesn’t make assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, so you can develop new features in React without rewriting existing code. React can also render on the server using Node and power mobile apps using React Native.

Why React?

toughlex has a lot of experience working with multiple web technologies. Our aim is always to maximize the value that our client will get from our work. To achieve this, the choice of technology is crucial.

Web application development has traditionally been regarded as a complicated quest to get all the components, user interface and the data behind them working properly together. Many server-side technologies are available to create and maintain web applications. But the infrastructure to handle everything on server side may become expensive. Handling more of the application logic on client side can be an attractive alternative, especially as today’s end user devices have a lot of computing power. Multiple JavaScript frameworks have been created to address these needs.

However with all the different JS frameworks, we have a lot of different technologies to choose from. Which one of these frameworks is the one that will fulfill your needs the best? Which is the fastest and most reliable to develop for, which offers the best maintainability, which integrates or scales the best way? Furthermore, how well is the current state of the framework documented, and how does its future look like? You probably don’t want to find yourself working with a technology that isn’t actively supported anymore.

At toughlex, we recognize these issues, and are always eager to find the most suitable technology for your projects. However, if your project is already in progress or has been developed using obsolete technologies and you need to improve it, it’s very likely that React is your best choice.

Other Technologies We Use Along With React

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