React Fundamentals

  • 48 Lessons
  • 287 Minutes
  • Updated 2 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

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.

This is one of the best courses that I have found on the internet, not only for React but as a programming course in general. It is very well structured and I noticed that whenever a question would pop up in my mind, Tyler would address it within a minute in the video. So it is clear that he has quite some experience teaching this subject and is aware of the unclarities that a new-comer to React might have.

Definitely one of my favorite courses that I have found online for any language or framework. The pacing is great, the text is written coherently, and the videos are well done. When I finished the course, I had a good solid understanding of how React works and how to build my own projects using these methodologies. The course took me a little less than 2 days to finish and I would highly recommend it!

This is the best way to learn. During the training videos, he answers questions as I think of them! It's like he's reading your mind as you watch and code along.

I think that perfection doesn't exist, but this course is close to that! If you wan't to learn ReactJS, this is the right way to start!

If React seems like Michelangelo's David waiting to be carved out of a cube of rock to you, then this course (and I'm sure all the other courses as well) equips you with the knowledge and perseverance required to take on that challenge, and to take on your own Sistine Chapel of a React project sooner rather than later.

I have grown in my career for 40 years developing web pages inside my companies for all kinds of things. My son, and a close friend both independently told me that I should get rid of perl and start using React. Buying and taking your course was the most enlightening thing I have done since my first web search 40 years ago, when nobody even knew what the web was. Your presentation and and examples were perfect for me and I have developed several apps already. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn react web development. Very well done !

I've struggled to understand React for a long time, and this was the first course that gave me the 'aha!' moment, where I not only understood what I was doing, but also why I was doing it. I really recommend this for anyone looking to learn React.

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.

It's rare to find a gem like this among a throng of React tutorials available on the web. It's clear, it's neat and it's well thought out. Tyler takes you on a ride and there is not one second that you feel left out. You get this sense of making progress and as you code along, you see the results of what you just learned. I can't recommend it enough!

I have used a lot of different methods for aiding my professional development (such as pluralsight, learnnowonline, ms virtual academy, ...) with some great courses/presenters, but this was by far the best course I have ever completed. The concepts and explanations are very easy to grasp even for someone like myself who is coming from a server-side/system background.

I cannot recommend React Fundamentals enough. I played around with so many other tutorials and tried my hand at teaching myself, none of which worked. Tyler does a fantastic job of making it clear what is happening and really breaking things down. It is a great feeling when it all finally clicks. React has made me reconsider the entire way I develop and that is all thanks to this course. Thank you so much!

This is by far the most comprehensive, well-rounded, and in-depth tutorial for React. It's a must have for any developers looking to explore the new realm of component based development.

Tyler has produced one of the best tutorials for any language or framework I've seen. There is finally a Laracasts for React!

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.

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