React Fundamentals

3,426 Reviews
  • 48 Lessons
  • 287 Minutes
  • Updated 5 months ago

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The modularity of the React ecosystem is extremely powerful for building applications. However, it makes learning React a nightmare when first starting out. To even get a React app up and running, you need the right combination of React, Webpack, and Babel. In this course we'll start from a blank folder and we'll build an application that encompasses everything you need to get started building production ready applications with React (including Routing and Ajax requests). With an average rating of 9.3/10 from 2,945 reviews, this could be the most popular and highest rated way to learn React. Recently updated and compatible with React 16.3.


Experience with the web platform (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) will help, but if you're coming from a different programming language, it isn't required. If you're a complete beginner, this course may be a struggle but you're welcome to try it out.
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What you'll learn

  • NPM

  • JavaScript
    Pure Functions
  • React (v16.3)

    Imperative vs Declarative
    Unidirectional Dataflow
    Virtual DOM
    ES6 Classes
    prop-types package
    functional setState
    Lifecycle Hooks
    Container vs Presentational Components
    Stateless Functional Components
    Synthetic Events
    Private Stateless Functional Components
  • Webpack 4

  • Hosting

    Building for Production

Who is this course for?

  • Mid to Sr level back-end developers who are new to JavaScript but want to learn about React as quickly as possible.
  • Bootcamp graduates who are confident in the fundamentals of JavaScript and want to become more employable by learning React.
  • Angular developers who want to learn about why React is gaining popularity.
  • Developers who are frustrated with the disjointed approach to learning React and want a linear, coherent path.
  • jQuery or Backbone developers who want to learn a more declarative, component based approach to building UIs.
  • Native mobile developers who want to see what all the hype around React is about.
  • Front end developers wanting to modernize their skillset in order to get a raise or apply for another job.
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Course Outline

  • Intro to the React Ecosystem

    Introduction to the React Ecosystem Video
    Introduction to React Quiz
    (Bonus Text) Imperative vs Declarative Programming
  • Setting up your first React component with NPM, Babel, and Webpack

    Intro to Text Sections
    Webpack 4 for React
    First React Component
    Video: Babel, Webpack, and React
    (Bonus Text) React Elements vs React Components
    Quiz: Npm, Babel, and Webpack
  • Dataflow with Props

    Dataflow with Props in React
    Practicing Props
    Solution - Props
    Creating lists in React with .map and .filter
    Practicing .map and .filter
    Solution - .map and .filter
  • Pure Functions. f(d)=v. Props and Nesting React Components.

    Building UIs with Pure Functions and Function Composition in React
    Introduction to PropTypes
    Video: Validating Components with PropTypes
    Quiz: Pure Functions and Props
  • The "this" keyword + Managing and Updating State

    Video: The "this" Keyword Pt1: Intro and Implicit Binding
    Video: The "this" Keyword Pt2: Explicit binding with .call, .apply, and .bind
    Video: The "this" keyword Pt3: The "new" and "window" binding
    Video: Managing and Updating Component State
    Quiz: The "this" keyword
  • Stateless Functional Components

    Stateless Functional Components in React
    Video: Stateless Functional Components
    Private Components in React
    (Bonus Text) Functional Components vs Stateless Functional Components vs Stateless Components
  • Life Cycle Events + Ajax

    React Life Cycle Events
    Video: Making Ajax Requests in React
    Quiz: Lifecycle Events
  • React Router V4

    Intro to React Router V4
    Video: Adding React Router to our Application
  • Forms and Encapsulation in React

    Video: Forms and Encapsulation in React
  • Dynamic Rendering + Query Params

    Video: Dynamic Rendering + Query Params
  • Axios, Promises, and the Github API

    Video: Axios, Promises, and the Github API
  • Composition vs props.children

    props.children in React
    Video: Composition vs props.children
  • Building a Highly Reusable React Component

    Defaulting props with defaultProps
    Video: Building a Highly Reusable Component
    Quiz: Building a Highly Reusable React Component
  • Building for Production + Hosting

    Video: Building for Production + Hosting
    My Favorite Things
    Next Steps

What devs are saying

Tyler's instruction is top notch! I have been struggling with React, and have taken several courses. Tyler's React Fundamentals course blows them all out of the water. It is exceptionally thorough and the information is conveyed very well. I genuinely feel that I have gained so much value from this course

I found this course incredibly good. The instructor makes sure anyone can understands what's going on, not assuming you have a strong background. I am really thankful that there's someone willing to spend all this time in putting this together and sharing their knowledge with randoms. I am sure Tyler is a great programmer but he is also a great teacher.

I've already taken dozens of on-line courses, in a huge variety of formats. But the way that Tyler guide this course is really impressive. I was able to jump from beginner to experienced in React much more faster then I ever thought that would be possible. This course really worth the effort and money invested.

I'm new to web development and I found React, Webpack, and deployment to be incredibly intimidating. This course was amazingly easy to follow, completely holistic for in it's approach to what a developer needs to know, and modularized in such a way that I was never overwhelmed. Code-along tutorials are usually hard for me to keep up with and often lead to long derailments for trouble-shooting. This tutorial was so smooth: I loved it! Many, many thanks for this. I'm so excited to use what I learned for future projects.

By far the most engaging, in-depth and well thought out React course. This is an university-quality undertaking and I sincerely appreciate the time, effort and passion gone into sharing knowledge for the betterment of the dev community.

As someone with a background in instruction and instructional design, I immediately recognized Tyler's course as a cut above the glut of "learn React" content, currently available. His material is well organized, the concepts build in an intuitive way, and the instruction is clearly-articulated, easy to follow, and blessedly free of annoying misdirects and content-padding that bog down other online courses.

Tyler knows his stuff, more importantly, he cares. He conceived this React Fundamentals course in the most thoughtful manner. His style of instruction is a breath of fresh air for me giving all the courses I have taken on Udemy, Udacity, Lynda, and Codecademy.

When I started this course, I knew absolutely nothing about React. Fast-forward a few weekends, and I am now confident that I can build a solid React app! Throughout this course, I've learned the basics of setting up a React environment, as well as how to effectively compose UI components; but most of all, it has really solidified my grasp of general JavaScript. I look forward to continuing down the React path!

TylerMcGinnis's React Fundamentals course was extremely high quality and you get waaaaay more than what you pay for. The videos go deep into the usage and implementation of React, the React eco-system, and the work-along project sufficiently covers most aspects of the front end web development. I would recommend this course to those just past the JavaScript beginner stage as well as for experienced JavaScript Engineers who want to learn more about React.

Tyler's course on React was extremely helpful to me as it was very to the point and at the same time in depth. I'll be back for more courses for sure. He has the best explanation of "this", "apply", "call", and "bind" out there.

This course is incredible. Tyler's teaching style is direct, clear, and easy-to-follow. I highly recommend these courses to anyone looking to learn how to build apps with ReactJS.

I have spent the past 6 months or so banging my head against my desk trying to level up on my JS/Web App skills and this course was nothing but 'Aha!!' moments. I strongly recommend putting in the time and keep revisiting items you might not understand that Tyler brings up because they will eventually make sense. I can't wait to start kicking work in it's butt!

This is the **best** course. Very thorough overview of React and all of its moving pieces. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in diving into React.

This is without a doubt the best React tutorial that I have seen. In addition to the basics covered by almost all tutorials, it includes important ancillary features like routing, as well as covering real world practices such as the container/presentational component pattern, and using axios for async calls, gives the viewer insight to how React is actually used by developers. Finally, the intro to webpack shows you how to get it all actually up and running with a local dev server. The tutorial was very well organized, excellently explained, and intelligent in the features that it included.

Tyler's course is easily the best I could find for those brand new to React- like me! The fact that he assumes almost no prior knowledge of the React environment truly distinguishes this course from most other online resources. If you're just getting started with React and are looking for hands-on, high-quality instruction, look no further.

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