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Shahbaz Khan
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How React.js taken over the front end web development

If we talk about the modern front-end development technologies, React.js is absolutely killing it. The general perception is no language or framework is made to last forever, sooner or later a much more powerful alternative will make its entry.

But in the case of ReactJS, it seems hard to replace such a powerful library. If you are wondering about React’s sudden and swift rise in the web development landscape, this article will enlighten you with some interesting facts about React JS.

What is React JS?

Web development once required creating everything from scratch at the front-end, but then libraries came to the rescue of developers. No more do they have to write code for different elements of the front-end, instead, they can use libraries to include those on the go.

ReactJS is one of those JavaScript based libraries used in web development and building interactive elements on the website. JavaScript is used to build and control dynamic website content like animated graphics, slideshows, photos, and interactive forms.

It’s a collection of pre-written code in JS that saves a developer’s time by providing built-in features that they can use by simply calling them anywhere in the code.

Web Before Reactjs

Let me take you back to the technology space for a while. Imagine you are in 2015 and still relying on scripting and rendering. The best front-end web technologies available are HTML and CSS.

Web development is quite easy. All you have to do is put static HTML pages in some folders and render them using PHP. And voila! You can now establish a two-way connection between client and server.

And then all of a sudden a library called ‘React js’ comes to change the web landscape completely. Using SSR (Server-Side Rendering), now you can build web applications much faster and in an easier way than before. React changed the development landscape just like smartphones replace the traditional phones.

Why is React JS the Best Library Around?

1. Faster Development & Reusable Components

It is because of React JS that we are seeing an increase in the popularity of Single Page Websites. Though they are hard to rank on Google, the user experience and to-the-point information result in higher conversion rates.

With independent, isolated, and reusable components, the front-end development process goes at a swift pace without the usual complexities associated with the web process.

And by no means these components are ordinary, the JS library combines different components to build a complex and comprehensive user interface. Moreover, there’s a tree-like hierarchy of components that keeps everything streamlined.

2. Simplified Coding

All front-end developers can relate to the problems associated with the hard syntax of a programming language. The more difficult it is to understand the syntax and structure, the more complex it gets to design logic.

But that’s not a problem associated with ReactJS. Its declarative programming style enables programmers to express the logic of a computation without describing its control flow.

This way, you don’t have to scratch your head every now and then when you get stuck, but simplified coding reduces the surface area for bugs dramatically.

3. React JS is Easy to Learn

Front-end development technologies having a shorter learning curve are quickly embraced by the developers’ community. The thing is nobody has enough time to learn new technology from scratch. So the steeper the learning curve is, the less likely developers will move to it.

If you are a front-end developer, you can learn ReactJS in little time. It’s easier to grasp for developers ( as all developers are familiar with JavaScript). The syntax is quite similar and the concepts are pretty much the same. It’s just that you can get more done by writing less code.

Ease of learning and implementation is the reason why so many fresh developers are preferring React over other frameworks.

4. React Has a Vibrant Ecosystem of Developer Tools

React’s rich and vibrant ecosystem is another reason why React is everywhere today. Developers get dozens of ready-made and customizable charts and graphics to use at the front-end.

Besides that, there’s thorough documentation available for the new developers. You can look into every feature associated with the library and interact with its fast-growing community.

Where Can You Use React?

When it comes to the use cases of Reactjs, the possibilities are endless. React is a versatile library that can be used for varying industries. Here are just a few of those:

  • Blogs
  • Business websites
  • Company Portfolios
  • General Forums
  • Amazon affiliate websites
  • Membership sites
  • eLearning websites
  • Job ad website
  • Business directories
  • Q&A websites like Quora
  • Non-profit websites for collecting donations
  • Wikis and knowledge bases
  • Websites like YouTube
  • Auction and coupon sites

Conclusion

ReactJS is the future, that’s for sure. If you are learning front-end web development to get a six-figure job in web development agency Dubai, this library will be a key tool in your arsenal.

So, if you want to create captivating front-ends fast, particularly Single Page Websites, make sure you give enough time to React and get familiar with its syntax and features.

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Steve Taylor

Why is React JS the Best Library Around?

I disagree with the premise and I've been using React full-time for the last 7 years.

React was the best thing since sliced bread for a long time, but now there are far better options such as Solid. React owes its continued success to good timing. When it was released, it was almost revolutionary, but we were more than ready for it. Nowadays, even with far superior web frameworks being released, React is still more than good enough and has a massive community and ecosystem behind it, so it's not going to be displaced any time soon.

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Harsh Mangalam

You are right @stevetaylor what framework we are using today is only the present not the future . We have to be ready to adopt better one with time. No doubt @ryansolid is doing well for solid, misko opinion was to not build any framework after angular but he introduced Quik for better TTI, in the same way Astro and Marko team is working for better present nothing is future whatever we are seeing is the better present than ever.

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Shahbaz Khan Author

What are your views about vuejs. Haven't worked on it yet but heard alot about it since many of my friends are using it. Apart from this any js framework which you prefer keeping in mind that we want to optimize the website maximum in terms of SEO. @stevetaylor

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Steve Taylor

I haven’t used Vue, so I don’t have much of an opinion.

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Mike Talbot

I beg to differ with React being the first here, AngularJS was released years before the first version of React and paved the way for data driven apps with a declarative style. React was initially touted as the way to make things like that performant and they certainly had a higher throughput, not that this is true any longer.

React has improved massively over the years and has a very strong eco system, so the definition of "Best" might work for that, but if it is used incorrectly (oh and it is), it's also killing some sites and apps because it's treated as a panacea answer and it's easy to dig a hole and bury yourself in it before you really notice it's there.

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IroncladDev

Looks like it's taken over me.

ReactJS is amazing, once you get to understand states, props, etc.