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React: 7 reasons why you need to make the switch

Vlad Pshenychka
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Judging by the success of Facebook and Instagram, using React is a solid foundation for success. In this article, Vlad Pshenychka goes over the top reasons why you should choose React for your next project.

What is React? To be honest, it is one of the most recently created open source code libraries, manufactured for JavaScript programmers. It is focused on the most comfortable and easy ways to develop an app or a web page.

The open code library was created thanks to the cooperation of Facebook, Instagram, and a strong community of users. Facebook found it necessary to contribute to the world of Java coding, resulting in the React JavaScript library.

In this article, I would like to explain why you should adopt React and how it is going to help you build your web resources. Obviously, this isn’t the absolute top list, but in my opinion, it has some of the most valuable reasons why you should give React a try.

Simplicity of usage

One of the first things we need to mention about React is the complexity level. When compared to Angular —if we really need to do that—, it is much simpler. First of all, React was created to simplify the process of programming, development, and managing of resources. For sure, React is not for beginners, but even highly educated experts sometimes need a refresher. So, if you want to succeed with your app or web page, you should limit yourself to the proper-level knowledge of JSX as well as HTML, i.e. a declarative and strict coding style.

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Developmental flexibility

While taking for granted that React was a new step forward in web development, some may think that the developmental and maintenance process were also upgraded automatically. The main role in that process was played by the side-libraries, which give you several special opportunities. For instance, as a developer, you are now able to overcome several restrictions and prohibitions within a coding process while choosing the most comfortable and compromising ways of dealing with certain issues, upcoming problems and strategies of ruling your front-end project.

Virtual DOM

The usage of Virtual DOM is another important innovation. Thanks to that extension, you are able to create an in-memory data structure cache and enumerate resolution differences. As a result, you can update the browser’s displayed DOM efficiently.

Advanced app performance

The development of React helped reduce the problem of falling behind other applications developed on the same platforms. React automatically updates one-page applications that often do not require reloads for the UI redraws. In other words, it no longer matters if you have an old mobile device, tablet, smartphone. You will not face any problem while trying to upload a large and graphics-heavy webpage that does not fully match your device’s capabilities.

SEO friendliness

To be honest, one of the most vital problems of JavaScript frameworks is that they usually do not fit well with search engines. As a consequence, this mismatch has negative implications for your webpage or application with a lower search engine ranking. However, React is ready to help solve such a problem. It gives you an opportunity to run your app on a server, while the already highlighted Virtual DOM would be able to render and return to the browser as a regular web page. So, there is no need for PhantomJS.

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An easier way to create a design interface

The development of React JS gave users the opportunity to manipulate the key interface flows, designing features in an easier and faster way. It gives us the opportunity to develop an interface fully according to our tastes, desires, and principles. These operations are now possible thanks to several innovations, namely Nest view and Loop.

  • Nest view. This expansion allows developers to control the nested elements within React in a pretty easy way. It is now possible through the work with classes and creation of a direct reference from the children class to the parent class
  • Loop. Developers can use loops to create the rendering views in React framework. While Loop is available in both React and in Angular, it is much easier to use in the former. Now, developers are able to create loops within their front-end over a large number of HTML elements. After that, developers can just stack them all into a big array. That offers a much more elementary technique for the operation within building an app.

Alternatives

You can kill two birds with one stone by using the React open source code library as an alternative to other libraries, which you already have within the coding process of your web resource. For instance, there are such additions to JavaScript as Angular, Backbone, and jQuery.

All of the functions available within these libraries are now available within the React extensions. Furthermore, they are enlarged with a highly variated spectrum of other functions, additions, simplifications, and useful changes, which have been implemented in React.

Conclusion

All in all, the React JavaScript library is a revolutionary step in the software industry. Judging by the success of Facebook and Instagram, using React is a solid foundation for success. I hope these reasons have convinced you to use React for your next project.

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Vlad Pshenychka

Vlad Pshenychka is a freelance blogger working for Artjoker, a software development company that specializes in startups launch including mobile and web development


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2 Comments on "React: 7 reasons why you need to make the switch"

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joepie
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I still see no need to switch. Except for lots of articles of people who say React is better (99% without any real Angular experience), I see no stuff that’s really better in your article. SEO is nonsense, everyone has that, it’s still javascript. Angular also has virtualdom, but only chrome really supports it. Maybe simplicity could be an issue, but you don’t really give any examples.

joepie
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Angular has lots of components, React is only 1 of such components, you have to select the other parts yourself. If you don’t like a specific Angular component you can exchange it too, but you don’t have to. I you have very very large applications, I don’t see any advantage of React, you put all the html in the javascript, is that really good practice ?