ReactJS workshop (1-2h)

Fran García-Linares

December 2017










Workshop info + exercises (this will take most of our time)

LAB4 ideas


  • ReactJS workshop for beginners
  • Covers
    • ReactJS
      • Components
      • Router
      • Async
    • Redux
    • Testing
  • Thought to be a whole day workshop (even like that there was no time to cover everything)

Link to the workshop: here (more info later)

React Components

  • Think React: break site into components, and those components into more components until it's easy enough to build the smaller ones...
  • Stateless, stateful, pure components... ?
    • Stupid components vs Clever components (that's how I see it anyway...)
    • Need to understand the arrow functions
  • Naming conventions (folders vs files...)
  • Separations of concerns (classic vs new)

React Router

If you want:

  • Multiple paths within a site
  • Navigation using back buttons



  • BrowserRoute
  • Route
  • Link (no more 'a' elements)
import React from 'react'
import { render } from 'react-dom'
import { BrowserRouter, Route } from 'react-router-dom'
import App from './app'

const AppWithRouter = () => (
  <BrowserRouter basename="/part9">
      <Route exact path="/" component={App} />
      <Route path="/about" component={About} />

  <AppWithRouter />, 


State management. Three simple principals:

  • Action
    • Describes what we want to do to the data (and provides any arguments needed)
  • Reducer
    • Receives an action and the current state and returns the new state
  • Store
    • This is where all the data lives

Do we need it?

  • Not unless you really need it
  • Not all components will need to read from Redux

What if we don't use it...

  • Passing data and functions between components
  • +2 levels can become a nightmare
  • Big components (which defeats React's purpose)

Workshop info

It took a whole day, so might be worth checking this on your own if interested:


Let's do a few together! Join somebody or do it yourself

  • Part 4 (PropTypes)
  • Part 5 (Stateful components)
  • Part 9 (Router)
  • Part 14 (Redux)


Solutions: here (don't cheat... yet)

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