React Fundamentals

3,426 Reviews
  • 48 Lessons
  • 287 Minutes
  • Updated 3 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

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.

Outstanding intro to the basics of React. I teach web dev part time, and I know how difficult it can be give students a solid overview of a subject without completely overwhelming them with details. This course strikes that balance perfectly by walking you through a practical React app and pointing out relevant details along the way. Great course!

This is the best React fundamentals course on any planet. Period.

React Fundamentals was one of the most comprehensive, easy-to-follow courses I found on the internet. I jumped from course to course on React, but this was by far the best I found

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.

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!

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.

With any new framework, there is always the never ending question of "where do I start?". To add insult to injury, you feel even less comfortable with forking your own money (or your work's money) to a learning course when you are unsure if you can truly benefit from it. I have read the entire React documentation, spent countless hours looking for new React resources, and even spent money on React courses elsewhere. Still, I felt as I haven't found the "golden standard", that is until I learned about Tyler McGinnis during one of my 20+ hour research binges and his ultimate goal to not only build and deliver yet another "React course", but a "best in class" product that undoubtedly provides you with the resources any React developer is looking for. I am going to stop on that note, because I know we can always read a nice testimony. If you are hesitant, buy a month membership and find out for yourself! I know it certainly changed how I view React, and helped teach me to truly grasp the framework!

A lot of courses tend to skip over the foundations leaving you able to play around but not really sure how it actually works. Tyler does an amazing job explaining how all the pieces work from a blank canvas so you can feel confident building your own production-ready apps going forward. He's done an incredible job teaching the fundamentals of ReactJS in a fun, easy-to-follow way!

By far the best resource to learn the React ecosystem. Everything was explained beautifully.

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 takes a rare, but awesome, "I don't assume you know anything" approach to teaching this course. Sometimes, even with a lot of coding experience, taking courses while learning a new language/framework can be frustrating because the authors assume you know some things (like what NPM is or how Webpack and Babel work). Tyler explains those things (very well) without making the viewer seem like an idiot. Incredibly thorough course clearly made with intention and planning. Kudos, Tyler!

After taking 4 different React courses, this was the course that made the biggest impact on my learning and retention with the React ecosystem. I've never felt more confident coming out of a course about the related material, and I was actually able to build my own Webpack config from scratch after this. The hands on approach, Quiz questions, and taking the time to pause the video after his instructions to attempt to 'build ahead' allowed me to test my knowledge and face real problems, and then find real solutions to them. Seriously amazing course, thank you Tyler, I'll be looking into your other courses now.

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.

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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