On that note, definitely don't over-complicate the learning process by trying to learn many different things at once. Some people will say you should use a "boilerplate" to learn React, and they're wrong - boilerplate projects almost always come with too many pieces configured, and are confusing for beginners.
Instead, the best advice is to focus on learning React itself first. Once you have a good understanding of how React works, you will better appreciate why a state management library like Redux can be useful, and you can learn about other tools later.
You should start out by reading through the official React docs and tutorial at https://reactjs.org/, and I'd encourage you to use the official Create-React-App tool ( https://github.com/facebookincubator/create-react-app ) for setting up projects. It creates a project with a solid build setup, with no configuration needed on your part. There's an excellent post called "Simple React Development in 2018" ( https://hackernoon.com/simple-react-development-in-2017-113bd563691f ) that gives some more specific instructions on the actual steps to follow. For an even simpler setup, CodeSandbox ( https://codesandbox.io ) is an online editor that lets you build entire React projects right away.
Here's some specific learning resources I recommend:
- If you want books, I can definitely recommend Robin Wieruch's The Road to Learn React book, as well as Dave Ceddia's Pure React
- Kent C Dodds has some great intro to React videos on Egghead
- Tyler McGinnis has a guide for learning React in 2018, some great paid courses, and also just did a free React online bootcamp
Finally, the Reactiflux chat channels on Discord are a great place to hang out, ask questions, and learn. The invite link is at https://www.reactiflux.com .
This is a post in the Blogged Answers series. Other posts in this series:
- Aug 08, 2023 - Blogged Answers: My Experience Modernizing Packages to ESM
- Jul 06, 2022 - Blogged Answers: How I Estimate NPM Package Market Share (and how Redux usage compares to other libraries)
- Jun 22, 2021 - Blogged Answers: The Evolution of Redux Testing Approaches
- Jan 18, 2021 - Blogged Answers: Why React Context is Not a "State Management" Tool (and Why It Doesn't Replace Redux)
- Jun 21, 2020 - Blogged Answers: React Components, Reusability, and Abstraction
- May 17, 2020 - Blogged Answers: A (Mostly) Complete Guide to React Rendering Behavior
- May 12, 2020 - Blogged Answers: Why I Write
- Feb 22, 2020 - Blogged Answers: Why Redux Toolkit Uses Thunks for Async Logic
- Feb 22, 2020 - Blogged Answers: Coder vs Tech Lead - Balancing Roles
- Jan 19, 2020 - Blogged Answers: React, Redux, and Context Behavior
- Jan 01, 2020 - Blogged Answers: Years in Review, 2018-2019
- Jan 01, 2020 - Blogged Answers: Reasons to Use Thunks
- Jan 01, 2020 - Blogged Answers: A Comparison of Redux Batching Techniques
- Nov 26, 2019 - Blogged Answers: Learning and Using TypeScript as an App Dev and a Library Maintainer
- Jul 10, 2019 - Blogged Answers: Thoughts on React Hooks, Redux, and Separation of Concerns
- Jan 19, 2019 - Blogged Answers: Debugging Tips
- Mar 29, 2018 - Blogged Answers: Redux - Not Dead Yet!
- Dec 18, 2017 - Blogged Answers: Resources for Learning Redux
- Dec 18, 2017 - Blogged Answers: Resources for Learning React
- Aug 02, 2017 - Blogged Answers: Webpack HMR vs React-Hot-Loader
- Sep 14, 2016 - How I Got Here: My Journey Into the World of Redux and Open Source