Advice and resources for getting started with React
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 02, 2017 - Blogged Answers: Webpack HMR vs React-Hot-Loader
- Dec 18, 2017 - Blogged Answers: Resources for Learning React
- Dec 18, 2017 - Blogged Answers: Resources for Learning Redux
- Mar 29, 2018 - Blogged Answers: Redux - Not Dead Yet!
- Jan 19, 2019 - Blogged Answers: Debugging Tips
- Jul 10, 2019 - Blogged Answers: Thoughts on React Hooks, Redux, and Separation of Concerns
- Nov 26, 2019 - Blogged Answers: Learning and Using TypeScript as an App Dev and a Library Maintainer