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Agboola Idris
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Libraries to consider when using React in 2023 for production applications.

when we talk about programming languages that release frameworks often, Javascript will always take the lead, and React is one of its popular frameworks which was built by the Facebook team. it has been widely adopted among developers and there is no doubt that it will continue to gain more fame in 2023. Developing a small application is a bit easier in React as the application getting grows it then becomes more complex. This article will share with you my favorite libraries that can make life easier when building a large project with React.


1. Next

Next.js enables you to create full-stack web applications by extending the latest React features and integrating powerful Rust-based JavaScript tooling for the fastest builds. To effectively use Next.js, You need to be familiar with JavaScript, React, and related web development concepts. You can learn more about Next.js from their official docs

2. Typescript

TypeScript is a strongly typed programming language that is a superset of Javascript. Getting run time errors in Typescript is unlikely because It points out likely errors in the development. Combining your React with Typescript will reduce the number of errors in your code. If you have an interest in checking Typescript out I will suggest checking out their official docs or code-evolution free React and Typescript course on youtube.

3. Tailwind

Using Tailwind CSS, you don't have to write custom CSS to style your application because it's a utility-first framework. These days it is widely used among developers to build complex UI because of its simplicity. You can check out their official docs for more information.

4. React-hook-form

The React-hook-form library is a powerful, tiny form library without dependencies that remove unnecessary re-rendering and minimize validate computations. It also speeds up mounting and minimizes validation calculations. You can learn more about React-hook-form from their official docs.

5. React-query

Most of the time we will be dealing with server-side data which we don’t have control over the data, making use of useEffect and useState hook will not be the best solution in this stage especially when the application is getting more complex. By using React-query, you will be able to fetch, synchronize, update, and cache your remote data while reducing the amount of code you need to write. You can read more from their official docs.

6. Zustand

Recently, I came across this amazing global state management system. If it had occurred to me earlier, I would never have looked for alternative state management library. It is a small, fast, and scalable bear bones state-management solution using simplified flux principles. Has a comfy API based on hooks, and isn't boilerplates or opinionated. check out their official docs for more info.

7. Story-book

With Storybook, you can automatically visually test your components to prevent bugs and document components for reuse. It helps developers to develop faster and more easily by isolating components. It allows you to focus on one component at a time. The entire UI can be developed without having to start up a complex development stack, enter data into a database, or navigate the application. You can check out the official docs for more details on how to get started.


I hope this article helped you choose the best React library for your site. When selecting the frameworks and libraries, always keep the uses and features of the libraries in mind.

Feel free to comment about your favorite React library and share your feedback 👇

Top comments (9)

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Rense Bakker

Please no, not tailwind, tailwind makes me sad 😢 use some css-in-js solution like emotion or just a full fledged ui component framework like mui or chakra etc, both can be easily customized according to your needs. The rest 👍

gravy59 profile image

Don't forget mantine!

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Agboola Idris

CSS-in-js is a good choice, I've used it in the past. But nowadays I'd rather use tailwind-CSS with class-variance-authority

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Sobhan Mowlaei

Nice Article. I think styled-components and react-router are very useful too.

gravy59 profile image

There's also TanStack Router, but it's still in beta

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Agboola Idris

Your feedback is greatly appreciated, but I don't believe react-router is required if you're using nextjs

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Al - Naubit

Great article, you got my follow, keep writing!

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Agboola Idris

Thank you

mustafamukadam profile image

Mantine is the absolutely best, cannot stress enough

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