How to become a React developer

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Becoming a React developer is not difficult especially if you’re coming from a JavaScript background. React is an easy-to-learn and easy-to-use framework mainly if you have some JavaScript skills.

Now the question is: how can you become a React developer? What are the steps? From where can you learn it? This blog post will answer all of these questions.

In this post, I’ll first give you a quick overview of React and then will start talking about how to become a React developer.

An overview of React

The first step to becoming a React developer is to get an overview of this library. Before starting to learn it, knowing what it is will be useful for you. So let’s give you a quick overview of React in this section.

React is a JavaScript library, a front-end tool that is used for building user-interfaces for websites. This tool has been developed by Facebook. It is an open-source, component-based library that supports one-way data binding.

Just keep in mind that it’s not a framework. Rather, it’s just a library.

You can take a look at the official site of React and its GitHub page.

Although setting up a React project can take so much time, learning React won’t take much time since the library is amazingly simple. Because of its simplicity, you can master it quickly.

Popular companies that are using React are Facebook, CodeAcademy, Khan Academy, Dropbox, Airbnb, IMDb, and so on.

React has strong support from the developers’ community with 1,270 contributors on GitHub.

Choose an IDE/text editor

After getting an overview of React, the next thing that you should do is to choose an IDE/text editor that you will use to write code for your React projects. Selecting the right code editor is important because a good code editor will save you time and can help you in many ways.

There are many code editors which you can use for React, but the best ones are Nuclide, Rekit Studio, WebStorm, Reactide, GNU Emacs Editor, and so on.

In this list, Reactide is a powerful IDE developed solely for React development. So working with React using this IDE will be very much convenient.

Learn JavaScript first

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If you don’t know JavaScript, you must learn the basics of JavaScript first if you want to become a React developer. Without the foundational knowledge of JavaScript, you won’t be able to understand how to write code in React.

If you know other languages like C, C++, or Java, learning JavaScript won’t be difficult for you at all. There are a huge number of online tutorials which can help you learn JavaScript.

Some great sites for learning JavaScript are:
Learning resources from Mozilla
JavaScript.info

Some JavaScript courses on Eduonix:
Advance JavaScript for beginners
HTML, CSS, JavaScript course
JS fundamentals 2018
The complete JavaScript course (2019)
JavaScript bootcamp

Learn React from great resources

Learning from great resources is important because good tutorial sites will not just save you time, they will also make you a better programmer by giving you useful tips and coding best practices.

Some good React resources:
React guide by James K Nelson
React official documentation

React courses on Eduonix:
React for absolute beginners
React for professionals
React — the complete guide

You can also take a look at this free React interview practice guide on Eduonix.

Work on a React project

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There are many ways you can learn React, such as learning by reading books, learning by reading online tutorials, by watching videos, and so on. But the best approach to learning any technology or computer language is learning by doing. Although you can’t learn everything by doing, you also need to take help from books, tutorials, or videos.

It’s an undeniable fact that you can learn so much by reading tutorials and watching video courses. But if you want to develop the skills so that you can easily build your own React applications, you must work on a project.

By working on a project, you can learn so much in less time. While working on a project, you may face several issues. While trying to fix those issues, you’ll have to find information on the Internet about those issues, you may have to search for solutions for those issues, and you may also need to take help from experienced React developers. In the process of doing so, you’ll end up learning so much about React development. Working on a project will give you confidence.

Take help from the community of developers

If you need help understanding something about React, you can always seek help from the community of developers. There are many online programming communities. More specifically, there are Facebook groups, online forums, and so on, which you can take part in. In these online communities, you can post your questions, and experienced developers will give useful answers to them.

There are many other online platforms where you can post your React questions, such as Quora and StackOverflow, where you can not just ask your programming questions, you can also browse many technical answers, in order that you get a clearer picture of coding with React.

Keep in mind that online programming communities are not just for taking help. You can also contribute to the community by sharing your knowledge and by providing helpful answers to questions posted on these platforms.

Final thoughts

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This article outlined the basic steps required to become a React developer. Knowing how to become a React developer is easy, but taking action is not easy all the time. You have to take massive action in order to quickly become a great React developer. You have to spend so much time learning and working on projects. You need to work hard.

I hope you have found the tips mentioned in this post useful and hope that you’ve found the learning resources mentioned in this post helpful.

There are many interesting React courses on Eduonix, which will definitely make you a great React developer. Take a look at them, start with a beginner course if you’re new to React, and once you gain some React knowledge, you can start learning from the more advanced courses that include projects and complex programming concepts.

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