Introducing Bōwst about ReactJS
Our multi-part series on the right way to build a React app! In this first post, we’ll talk a little about what ReactJS is and why it’s popular. We’ll also discuss the ecosystem of bundlers, compilers, libraries, and technologies we use to supercharge our development of React-based projects. In later posts, we’ll provide step-by-step instructions to one of the following: eternal youth, transforming lead into gold, or building an awesome web app with React (hint: you won’t need the Sorcerer’s Stone).
Here at Bōwst, we’ve been using React for the last year or so and we love it; we already have a number of projects in production built on this game-changing technology. But why? Why do we love it, you ask? Simply put: we love it because React helps us build awesome user experiences.
React takes an entirely different approach, casting itself as Library instead of a framework (such as Angular, Backbone, etc) which focuses exclusively on the UI layer. However, this isn’t your mother’s UI layer. We’re not talking static markup generation here, we’re talking about super dynamic, data driven, and highly interactive components. In my opinion, this has been the key to its popularity; the UI of the modern web doesn’t simply encapsulate the way things look, it’s built on how we interact with a web page and how the page responds (or Reacts) to our actions (see what I did there?).
Due to this popularity, an enormous ecosystem of associated libraries has sprung up to provide solutions to common needs such as HTML5 routing (react-router), animation (react-animate), and charting (react-chartjs). Thanks to this community interest, it’s now possible to quickly build an enterprise-grade web app built on React in conjunction with a series of stable third-party libraries. When starting a project, choosing the right libraries for the foundation is critical. How does one organize business logic? What about a baseline set of styles or components? Even decisions like code folder structure can significantly impact the long term success of a project.
You’re probably wondering: how does one sort through all the options and actually get started building a totally awesome app with React? Simple — we’ve done the work for you! Welcome to Bōwst about React – we’ve poured our collective expertise and experience to developing an battle-tested approach to quickly building amazing apps built on React….and now we’re passing it on to you, dear reader.
Stay tuned next time for our step-by-step guide to setting up your build environment, coming soon to a blog near you!
(For the next post in this series, click Bowst about React Part 2.)