We at TechSophy have been using React for building the UI of web and mobile applications for customers. It is our go-to library for implementing user interfaces. Here are some reasons why we love using ReactJS.
Build with Components
Breaking down a user interface into smaller reusable components is very effective. One can think of the components as the building blocks for UI. We typically define a component with contained scope for styling, state management, and events. This essentially means that the development team can make CSS changes for a component confidently, without carrying any overhead for unused CSS code (you would appreciate this if you have maintained a global CSS file for the application). Additionally, Unit Testing is robust and predictable.
Freedom to choose other tools that work with React
State management with ReactJS is usually good enough for simple pages. However, complex pages are not easy to maintain with the default state management contained within the component. There are multiple libraries which solve this problem differently and React allows the freedom to pick and choose the solution that works best for your application.
React works great with Webpack
We at TechSophy love Webpack (https://webpack.js.org) and use it for most of the frontend automation tasks. Here is a list of 5 functions that we automate using Webpack.
Native Mobile Apps with React Native
React Native (https://facebook.github.io/react-native) is a framework for building native apps for iOS and Android. It brings the Virtual DOM abstraction and design patterns available in ReactJS to mobile apps. This makes it easy for anyone with experience with React to make a transition to mobile app development. Using the tools, a ReactJS web developer is familiar with, we were able to build the native equivalent to Java, Objective-C.
React releases are periodic, stable and are leading the innovation in JS frameworks / libraries. React, and the open source community continues to develop new libraries/plugins that make working with React even better. Facebook recently announced a complete rewrite of the React core algorithm (React Fiber https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/18/facebook-announces-react-fiber-a-rewrite-of-its-react-framework) and is rumored to be already in use on their social media site.
For any additional information on the usage of React in your applications, feel free to get in touch with us today.