Creating React Applications

As we know,React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces.In this article I am going to explain that how can we install and create a react application.

React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces. The great advantage of using react is that React runs on the browser, not on the server, things happen instantly as they happen in the user's browser. We don't have to wait for the server response to get a new page and to render something new. React is based on components. React was developed by Facebook in 2011.
 
Some interesting points about React
  • React allows one-way data binding; i.e., it is a unidirectional data flow. One way data binding means any changes we made in the model, then it will reflect in the view.
  • React uses a virtual DOM, by using virtual DOM, we can change any element very quickly without rendering the whole DOM, that enhances the application performance.
  • React uses JSX.
  • If we talk about the MVC framework, then React is used for only V (i.e. View).
Why React
 
React provides us with the following features,
  • Reusable Component
    React is component-based, so we can break our projects into small components and reuse them anywhere.

  • Uses Virtual DOM
    React uses a virtual DOM. By using virtual DOM, we can change any element very quickly without rendering the whole DOM, that enhances the application performance.

  • React Native is a framework created to develop native mobile apps using JavaScript.
  • SEO friendly
  • Easy to create UI test cases
  • It renders quickly when it comes to displaying a lot of components.
  • Debugging is getting easy with specialized Chrome extensions such as "React Developer Tools" and "Redux Developer Tools".
Install React on Machine 
 
Now, after going through the basic introduction about React, we move towards how we can install React in our machine. For installation, the React in our machine goes through the following steps :
 
Install node.js from nodejs.org. Use the below link,
 
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After installing node, open node js command prompt and write the following command 
  1. npm install create-react-app -g  
Now, to create a project in react just write the following command.
  1. create-react-app projectname  
Suppose, if we create a project named "first-app" then we will use the above command like this:
  1. create-react-app first-app   
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After creating the project, go to this project directory and run the project using the below command
  1. npm start  
The above command runs the React project into the browser at "localhost:3000", and it will look like this:
 
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A point to be remembered at the time of project creation is that the project name should be in small letters, otherwise, it will show an error, like this: 
 
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I hope after reading this article you understand how we can install and create a project in React.