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Build beautiful React Components from NPM Packages in minutes

jessicatriana profile image Jessica Triana Updated on ・2 min read

Learning JavaScript and React within a few weeks of each other was challenging, but I was able to accelerate the speed of my project builds when I discovered free npm packages. The company behind Node package manager has an entire website dedicated to open source components that are easily integrated with React. 

When you find a package to use, simply "npm install" it then include the import at the top of your component file to begin.

Here are 5 packages that helped me build my project with ease:

1) Moment - "react-moment"

Moment made gave me a simple way to parse dates from an API into the format that I wanted to display to the user. There are multiple options for props and filters depending on your needs.

API JSON date: "2020–08–10" 
User view: Aug 10, 2020
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2) Loader - "react-loader-spinner"

Loader gave my user something simple but interesting to look at for a few seconds while they waited for the API fetch to complete. You can customize the look and duration of the loader component to fit your style.
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3) ReactCalendar - "react-calendar"

The calendar was a nice addition as a clean and styled way to present dates to my user with the capability of incorporating date selection. There are many available props to create an interactive calendar.
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4) Map, GoogleApiWrapper, Marker - "google-maps-react"

This one requires an extra step because you'll need to create an account for a Google API key, but it only took a few minutes. Once you're in you can begin customizing the the the size and zoom of the map along with any markers for specific places.
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5) YouTube - "@u-wave/react-youtube"

Pretty straight forward. If you're looking for a simple way to embed YouTube videos this is a great way to start. It offers lots of display options and player controls.
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For more npm packages, visit npmjs.com.

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