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The React Ecosystem in 2024 - Part #2 πŸ”₯

The evolution of React has been extraordinary, paralleled by the steady growth of a diverse and sophisticated library ecosystem built upon its foundation.

In this article, we'll explore the myriad of libraries tailored for React projects in 2024.

Crafting Visualizations in React πŸ“Š

πŸ”° D3 for Custom Flexibility:

  • D3 is a fundamental visualization library for creating intricate charts from scratch.
  • Offers extensive tools for crafting beautiful and customized charts.

πŸ”° Popular React Charting Libraries:

  • Echarts: Ready-made charts with powerful composability.
  • Recharts: Flexible options for creating and customizing charts.
  • visx: Low-level D3 functionality for precise control.

πŸ”° Considerations:

  • D3: Time-consuming to learn but provides ultimate flexibility.
  • Echarts, Recharts: Ready-made charts with optional customization.
  • visx: Leverage low-level D3 features for detailed control.

πŸ”° Additional Options:

  • Victory: Feature-rich and customizable React charting.
  • nivo: Diverse and ready-made charting library.
  • react-chartjs: User-friendly and widely adopted.

Streamlining Forms in React ✍

πŸ”° React Hook Form:

  • Most popular form library in React.
  • Features include validation (commonly integrated with zod), form submission, and state management.

Suggested Integration:

  • React Hook Form: Seamlessly integrate with zod for robust validation.


  • Formik: A viable alternative for form handling.
  • React Final Form: Another option offering form management capabilities.

Exploring Type Checking in React πŸ”

πŸ”° PropTypes (Deprecated):

  • Built-in property validation using PropTypes.
  • Deprecated in modern React but mentioned for historical context.
import PropTypes from "prop-types";

const List = ({ list }) => (
    { => (
      <div key={}>{item.title}</div>

List.propTypes = {
  list: PropTypes.array.isRequired,
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πŸ”° TypeScript for Modern React:

  • Industry standard for type-checking in modern React.
  • Recommended for new projects due to enhanced type support.
type Item = {
  id: string;
  title: string;

type ListProps = {
  list: Item[];

const List = ({ list }: ListProps) => (
    { => (
      <div key={}>{item.title}</div>
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πŸ”° Advanced Types with Zod:

  • For advanced type validation, consider Zod.
  • Especially useful for typed form validation, API validation using tRPC, etc.

Crafting a Clean Codebase in React πŸ› 

πŸ”° ESLint for Code Standards:

  • Adopt ESLint to enforce coding standards.
  • Configure it with popular style guides like Airbnb for code consistency.

πŸ”° Prettier for Automated Formatting:

  • Use Prettier for automatic code formatting.
  • Integration with editors ensures code is consistently formatted upon saving.

πŸ”° Synergistic Pairing:

  • ESLint focuses on error checking and problem prevention.
  • Prettier emphasizes consistent and readable code formatting.

πŸ”° Emerging Tool:

  • Keep an eye on emerging tools like Biome (formerly Rome) for comprehensive code inspection and formatting.

Streamlining Authentication in React πŸ”

πŸ”° Beyond React’s Scope:

  • React primarily handles the UI, and authentication logic is typically backend-based.
  • Authentication features include registration, login, logout, password reset, and changes.

πŸ”° Backend-as-a-Service Solutions:

  • Leverage authentication/backend-as-a-service solutions for seamless integration.
  • Explore options like: β€” Supabase Auth β€” Clerk β€” AuthKit β€” NextAuth β€” Firebase Auth β€” Auth0 β€” AWS Cognito

React on the Server Side: Choosing the Right Backend πŸš€

πŸ”° Meta-Frameworks for Full-Stack Magic:

  • Embrace meta-frameworks like Next.js, Astro, or Remix for comprehensive React projects.
  • These frameworks provide a complete solution for building full-stack applications with the power of React.

πŸ”° JavaScript/TypeScript Backend Options:

  • If a full-stack framework isn’t feasible, consider tRPC or Hono for seamless integration with React.
  • Both offer robust backend solutions compatible with JavaScript/TypeScript.

πŸ”° Traditional Backend Frameworks:

  • For stability and maturity, Express remains a highly regarded choice.
  • Explore alternatives like Fastify and Nest.js for powerful features and backend flexibility.

Database Integration in Full-Stack React

πŸ”° Object-Relational Mappers (ORMs) for Next.js:

  • In Next.js applications, explore ORMs like Prisma for seamless database interaction.
  • Consider alternatives such as Drizzle ORM, Kysely, and database-js (PlanetScale only).

πŸ”° Popular Database Providers:

  • Supabase: Offers PostgreSQL as both self-hosted and a paid service.
  • Firebase: A widely-used database provider.

πŸ”° Serverless Database Solutions:

  • For serverless databases, explore options like PlanetScale, Neon, and Xata.

Navigating React Testing πŸ§ͺ

πŸ”° Testing Framework Core:

  • The cornerstone for testing React apps is Jest, offering a test runner, assertion library, and comprehensive testing features.
  • Vitest is a Jest alternative tailored for Vite users.

πŸ”° Snapshot Testing with react-test-renderer:

  • Utilize react-test-renderer for snapshot testing in Jest or Vitest.
  • Capture and compare snapshots of rendered DOM elements to track component changes.

πŸ”° React Testing Library (RTL):

  • Gradually transition to React Testing Library (RTL) for a more robust testing experience.
  • RTL supports rendering components, simulating events, and making assertions in a testing framework environment.

πŸ”° End-to-End (E2E) Testing Tools:

  • For E2E testing of React applications, consider Playwright or Cypress as popular and reliable choices.

βœ… Suggested Toolbox:

  • Unit/Integration Testing: Vitest + React Testing Library (most popular).
  • Snapshot Testing: Vitest.
  • E2E Testing: Playwright or Cypress.


The React ecosystem is a collection of libraries and tools specifically designed for React, while still retaining the flexibility that makes React unique.

You can start small by adding libraries that solve specific problems, and if you prefer a simple React setup, you can keep it lightweight.

So, get ready to take off like a rocket! πŸš€

Happy Coding! πŸš€

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