What do you need to Learn React and Node.JS? Overdose. specialist’s answers

The knowledge of both React and Node.js is a significant advantage for every developer proficient with JavaScript. Namely, it is due to the notion that after mastering these two, one can become a full-stack developer and a wanted prospect on the employment market. Considering the potential and popularity of these technologies, the demand for learning is always high. Therefore, we will discuss the path to learning Node.js and React, as well as ask our colleagues at Overdose. about their experience with learning and working with these technologies.

Learning React

React is one of the most used JavaScript libraries for front-end development to build interfaces with the components. Notably, the path to learning React is not that difficult, and you need to learn about four basic concepts:

  • Components. Reusable piece of interface which can be copied to the different projects and serve as an interactive part of a site.
  • Props. Properties of a component and they add the attributes to the elements and define how you pass data between the components.
  • JSX. Syntax to the JavaScript, and it is used to insert HTML elements in JavaScript by transforming the code into the React elements.
  • States. State implies the data that is being managed by a component, and it defines how a component reacts to the actions of a user. 

Besides, every beginner with React should read the documentation. Not only does it have all the necessary explanations, but also it is very well-written and comprehensive. Nevertheless, try to always practice what you have learned. Building the components and elements that you like or think could work is a great way to understand how React works.

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Learning Node.JS

Node.JS is the platform to build the back-end of the applications and execute JavaScript code on the servers. The main types of applications on this platform include the ones that use the constant connection between the server and browser. Considering that it is event-driven, you need to understand the event loops, micro tasks, promises, and callbacks perfectly. Moreover, learning the back-end of development on Node also requires an understanding of the networking basics. For most cases, Node.JS deals with the requests (incoming data) and responses (outgoing data). However, the learning resources of IBM states that just the knowledge of JavaScript would help you to get the most out of mastering Node.js. Meanwhile, having the experience of development with C++, Java, C#, PHP, Python, etc would also be enough to start learning the path of Node.js.

The great thing for every beginner is that Node.js has a huge community and a variety of packages to help to develop and create any application. Also, there is an informative GitHub repo that includes numerous tutorials with examples of the projects to learn from.

Experience and Tips from Overdose. Specialists

Our developers have the experience of working with these technologies and building eCommerce solutions for global brands. One of the front-end developers who work with React also admits that to start learning this technology, you need to know JavaScript, and it would be a significant plus to know HTML that can be used to build the component structures. Also, he mentioned that learning React took only two months (having no previous experience with similar frameworks and libraries). After numerous projects with React, our developer suggests that to start the learning path, it is important to master JavaScript on the decent level and know the patterns of object-oriented programming (OOP) and functional programming to be more proficient in the future development of React applications.

Another developer who has been working with React for more than three years and with Node.js for almost two years also admits that mastering JavaScript and HTML are the fundamentals in learning these technologies. He managed to transition to Node.js after working with React. Therefore, the path from the front-end developer to full-stack could be the most effective when you start from React. Nevertheless, to start learning Node.js, one needs to get acquainted with the databases and peculiarities of working with servers. The main advice from our Node.js developer is to constantly practice making something on Node.js. After you have learned the fundamentals of this technology, only practice can teach you the peculiarities and nuances.  

Conclusion

All in all, the main principle in learning React and Node.js is the knowledge of JavaScript on a decent level and being ready to dive into the educational materials and tutorials. Considering that both technologies have substantial communities and well-written documentations and guides, it will be much easier for anyone to resolve any problem during the learning process. And lastly, as our developers suggest, the best way to learn is to practice as much as possible. With the experience and feedback, you will be able to improve your skills and start working with React and Node.js and develop different front-end and back-end solutions.

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