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Welcome to the React module! Congratulations on making it this far!
static website. At the same time you've build various HTML pages so the user is able to access various parts of the website. We call this a
multi-page application (MPA)
In the Node.js module you've learned about how to change the content of the page, based on the user's input, using a
templating engine. Type in a keyword and the server sends back a
template with customized data. We call this a
dynamic website. However, we did it in such a way were we still had to send different pages to the client depending on the URL (for example,
/users). This is also an MPA.
In this module, however, you'll learn how to make more complex websites. Though, we won't be calling them websites anymore: they'll be
web applications. They're not just informational, but allow the user to interact with it. This similar to any application on your desktop. These React applications will also deal with
dynamic data: its
state changes depending on who's using it.
Besides being dynamic, React applications also are
single page applications (SPA). Essentially, this means that on loading the whole application (every page and its contents) is accessible to the user, without the need to send requests to the server to get another page.
Before you start
In order to properly work through this module smoothly we're going to use software that will allow us to write React applications with ease. It's called
Go to your command line and execute the following:
npm install -g create-react-app
Now verify that you have it by executing the following:
It should be at least version
In order to successfully complete this module you will need to master the following:
- Understand the React way of thinking about
- Know the importance and place of
stateand how to pass it down
- Be able to work with different
hooksand even create your own
- Recognize the utility of
- Putting emphasis on writing reusable code (
- How to handle
How to use this repository
This repository consists of 3 essential parts:
README: this document contains all the required theory you need to understand while working on the homework. It contains not only the right resources to learn about the concepts, but also lectures done by HackYourFuture teachers. This is the first thing you should start with every week
MAKEME: this document contains the instructions for each week's homework. Start with the exercises rather quickly, so that you can ground the concepts you read about earlier.
LESSONPLAN: this document is meant for teachers as a reference. However, as a student don't be shy to take a look at it as well!
How to study
Let's say you are just starting out with the Databases module. This is what you do...
- The week always starts on Wednesday. First thing you'll do is open the
README.mdfor that week. For the first week of
Databases, that would be Week1 Reading
- You spend Wednesday and Thursday going over the resources and try to get a basic understanding of the concepts. In the meanwhile, you'll also implement any feedback you got on last week's homework (from the Node.js module)
- On Friday you start with the homework, found in the
MAKEME.md. For the first week of
React, that would be Week1 Homework
- You spend Friday and Saturday playing around with the exercises and write down any questions you might have
- DEADLINE 1: You'll submit any questions you might have before Saturday 23.59, in the class channel
- On Sunday you'll attend class. It'll be of the Q&A format, meaning that there will be no new material. Instead your questions shall be discussed and you can learn from others
- You spend Monday and Tuesday finalizing your homework
- DEADLINE 2: You submit your homework to the right channels (GitHub) before Tuesday 23.59. If you can't make it on time, please communicate it with your mentor
- Start the new week by going back to point 1!
To have a more detailed overview of the guidelines, please read this document or ask your mentor/class on Slack!
|1.||What is React, JSX, State & Props, Deploy a static site||Readings W1||Homework W1|
|2.||API calls, Testing||Readings W2||Homework W2|
|3.||Client-side routing, Context, Custom hooks||Readings W3||Homework W3|
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