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4 Reasons to Use React JS for Web Development

heshanfu profile image Selina ・3 min read

Over the years, web software development has evolved rapidly, which has led to front end development to progress significantly. There have been many types of frameworks that have been created, however, few of them have stayed on and improved. One of the main goals of these frameworks is to make front end development effortless. Recently, React JS has been the new player in the market that has made a strong presence, while continuously upgrading the custom software development industry.

Big companies such as a Netflix and Apple, are regular users of React JS – making this framework the software of lookout for. It is quite easy to use, especially for those web developers who are well acquainted with Javascript. Below we’ve made a small list of reasons why it is the software to use for web development, and believe us when we say ‘you only need four’. Whether you plan to use it in-house, or want to outsource using a company such as tsh.io, it is your go-to platform for the following reasons.

  1. React JS is Simple to Understand and Use. As mentioned earlier, React JS is easy to learn and use. If React JS is evaluated against another framework, such as Angular, you will find in comparison the React JS is far less complicated to grasp on.

Angular requires Typescript to be used when implementing the framework. However, if a developer has the basic knowledge or HTML and CSS, React JS will a breeze to execute. One further advantage that React JS has is that it also has a version called React Native which is applicable to mobile app development.

  1. Code Components Are Stable and Reusable. Before React JS was taken over by Facebook, it was difficult to use and since the codes were not allowed to be reused, the process took forever. Nonetheless, after some problem areas were straightened out, Facebook allowed codes to be reused – this gave the developers the benefit to save a lot of time and increased efficiency. Another advantage is that all the components in React JS are isolated from one another, therefore, if changes or system upgrades are being made they will not affect the other components.

This also allows the stability of the code, where the code is flowing in a downward direction and the new data does not make an impact on the initial structure. Hence, if an object has to be modified is can be down with ease, only making changes that are necessary.

  1. Toolkit for Developers.
    It has made a widespread toolkit for the developers. These tools allow users to design and debug any problems with ease. The toolkit also has a browser extension that can be downloaded and used for both Chrome and Firefox. This extension, called React Developer Tools, is great for developers that want to analyze the initial, new and reactive components and see what the possible outcomes are.

  2. Strong Sense of Community.
    Even though it was initially crafted for internal use, they decided to create a React Library with worldwide access. It has an active community on various platforms such as Slack, Reactiflux Chart and other different forums, which enables new developers to solve their problems as soon as possible. The React Community helps developers make the transitions of new processes with ease and solve difficult problems within a blink of an eye.

Do you feel there are more reasons for the development community to use React JS? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Kyle Griffin

Vue is picking up a lot of traction and the winning framework is going to be the one that is the most approachable, with ability to solve the problem right behind it. I would argue to compare to Angular is to ignore the massive green elephant in the room.

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Darkø Tasevski

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And Framework wars begin

Vue gives the developer too much liberty while writing code. I've been working on several Vue projects so far and only one of them wasn't spaghetti code mess. There is a valid reason why mixins are removed from React... React is a bit stricter, more readable and in the end, it's just plain Js and JSX.

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Anandhu Manoj

React is not a Framework @evalenzuela , it is a " JavaScript library for building user interfaces". People often Consider React as a Framework, but react is not at all opinionated. Actually, it is a library to build a component-based structure with the virtues of Virtual DOM, Synthetic Events etc. With the new version of React(16.8.x), The class-based component architecture is also optional. (I hope I don't need to mention about JSX and all).

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Kyle Griffin

vuejs.org

"The Progressive JavaScript Framework"

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Periklis Gkolias

I believe Angular complicates frontend development for no reason. Separation of concerns is good, but I believe Angular overdoes it. For example, a known angular pattern is to have:

  • A .html for the UI
  • A .ts file for the dynamic logic, like event handling
  • A .css file
  • A service file to make requests
  • A helper BehaviorSubject based class for implementing the Observer pattern (I think)

On the other hand react looks more "to the point" to my eyes. Of course, this is just me. :)

  • One .jsx file that has the UI logic in the render function and the rest spread in various functions inside that file.
  • CSS lives in their own files, as it should and as usual.
  • Requests happen from inside the component, which makes the code simpler to read, though it can be offloaded to a utility file, if the operation is common.
  • Global state is stored in Redux or with React hooks (havent used them) or other similar tech
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Sebastijan Grabar

It really depends on what kind of project you are writing. If you are working on a project that has tons of logic, you would crave for the organization that Angular provides you. With React, people will often write code that doesn't follow some convention just because they can and nothing is stopping them. But you could also argue that they really aren't that different. Let's say you have a React project with only functional components. You end up with almost the same structure as Angular, you have these files - JSX file, file that handles the component logic (let's call it a service file), a .css file, and a resource file that handles requests. And I do believe that for really big projects, this is a very compelling solution. But the thing is, React doesn't force to do it this way, it's your job to do it. On the other hand, Angular provides you the frame for doing it this way, hence the name, framework.

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Periklis Gkolias

Indeed, though I believe it is a matter of personal character too. Though the Angular way, is not the only way.

With a non-opionionated framework, you can do it whatever way you like. No framework can protect you from stupid and incompetent engineers :)

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eLuminous Technologies

Hey Selina,
Great insights!!
This article is refreshment for me to revise the React JS framework. Anyone who will read it can be easily convinced to choose the React JS framework for the website development. I have used many of the technologies like PHP, Angular JS, React JS, etc. to build the website for my clients. But The React JS is always on my priorities because of the simple coding environment while development.
Cheers!!

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Kevin K. Johnson

You can use this for your lists so the numbers continue up to 4:

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pro1design

Very interesting article. Can you please also tell us about the agencies that develop websites on React? I found one of these agencies, in my opinion they offer a very interesting solution for Front End
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