ReactJS: reasons for its popularity

In the blog of Filio Force Inc. we continue to talk about the technologies that our specialists use in their work. Let’s focus on ReactJS, the most popular of all JavaScript libraries.

First of all, let us remind you that JavaScript is an interpreted programming language used for writing front-end and back-end parts of websites and mobile applications. You can also write simple games in JavaScript, as the developers at Filio Force Canada have done. It is also used in the Internet of Things and machine learning.

React is a JavaScript library for creating interfaces that change the display without reloading the page. This allows applications to respond quickly to user actions. Although React often appears on the same list as other JavaScript frameworks such as Angular or Ember, React is a library and not a framework. This means that by default it doesn’t have tools for managing state, routing and web requests. You need to install additional libraries for these. React was developed by Facebook. The first public version of the library was released in March 2013.

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What you can build with React

React is great for building large-scale web applications where data can change on a regular basis. Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, WhatsApp, Dropbox and many other famous apps and services are built with React.

React was originally designed to build websites. But over time, the React Native platform emerged, designed for mobile devices. It is used to simultaneously build applications for the most popular Android and iOS platforms. Both versions of the application follow the recommendations of Apple and Google. In this case, development is faster and the same team of developers is involved.

Why React is so popular

React allows you to build a complex interface from small pieces of code called components. They are often compared to Lego bricks. These components are easy to build, reuse, test and maintain. Typically, components are written using JSX, which is an extension of the JavaScript syntax that is convenient for describing the interface. JSX looks a lot like HTML. Related to this is another important feature of the React library – declarative. This means that development is about describing what needs to be rendered on the page, not writing instructions on how to do it.

Using a virtual DOM is a big advantage of React. The browser performs a large number of different actions before displaying the requested page. The browser doesn’t work directly with the HTML page as code, but builds a DOM (Document Object Model) for it. This is a tree structure of the page made up of nodes. Each node is an object that can have certain properties and methods. The DOM stores information about the state of the interface. It is the DOM that allows us to access page elements using JavaScript. But when we try to manipulate HTML elements, we may encounter performance degradation, especially if there are a lot of elements. To solve this problem, the concept of a virtual DOM has emerged.

This is a lightweight copy of the regular DOM. When changes need to be made to the elements of a web page, they are first made in the virtual DOM. React then compares the new virtual DOM tree with the old one, builds up the difference between the two, and finds the minimum amount of manipulation required to update the real DOM to the new state. As a result, this scheme of interacting with web page elements works much faster and more efficiently than if we were to work directly with the DOM in JavaScript. The Filio Force team is ready to help clients develop and launch applications and programmes created with React.

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