Do I have to use React for my front-end?

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There are many front-end technologies available in this web development era but some are taking over the whole market at current times. Among these front-end technologies, React is one such front-end technology that has been used by almost every company. But, why is React the best? Can we use it for creating the front-end? Well, here you can get answers to all queries.

React.JS

React.JS or React or ReactJS is an open-source library. It will help us to create the front-end of a web application. It was developed by Jordan Walker for Facebook in 2013. It can be used as a foundation in building single-page applications or mobile applications. It is a JavaScript library to develop user interfaces. It is an MIT licensed library and backed by Facebook and its communities. It is one of the best JavaScript libraries for front-end development. Nowadays, it is necessary to create an appealing user interface, which makes React.js more useful in this web development era. React.js has several amazing features that make developers’ work easier. It supports reusable coding and virtual DOM

Before React.js, we have only two options for front-end development - HTML and CSS. These two were ruling the frontend and are quite basic. But one of the JavaScript libraries called React brings a revolution with its introduction. Its DOM enables developers to install Server-Side Rendering (SSR) without updating the whole view every time. React has come up with a unique feature after every update, thus this fascinates developers a lot to work on React, which in led, the growth of React’s community is increasing rapidly. React is efficient, fast, and scalable to build the front-end. So let’s move on to knowing more about this JavaScript Library.

Contribution of React.js in web development

ReactJS brings a revolution in web development with its features and React is like a dream library for any developer. It has everything which a developer needs. It enables developers to create a dynamic web application with amazing speed. Initially, it was used to render views in applications and it even allows developers to build reusable components that save their time and effort. Its Virtual DOM ensures the UI updates quickly and efficiently. Also, it gives us the benefit of SPA (Single-Page Application) to a social networking app, which helps to improve the app’s performance.

After a lot of struggle with HTML and CSS, we finally got a library that works speedily, navigates quickly, and consumes less time. Also, it doesn’t bind developers with any pattern like MVC, MVP, or MVVM. It allows them to make an app in the way he wants. They are free to make any change and update the application accordingly. It is well-established with an ecosystem full of developers’ tools. Developers can find many ready-made charts, graphics, and other customizable tools, which help developers to make an app in less amount of time. React uses JSX syntax extension of regular Javascript, which makes React easy to learn and write. 

Is it good to use React.js for front-end development?

You must go ahead with the idea of using React for front-end development. It can create amazing graphics, templates, and animations with React. It is worth using. React's main motive is to build the user interface. Let's now understand some benefits of using React. 

Benefits of using React.js for front-end development

1. Faster development

React allows developers to use individual components on both server and client-side together. This speeds up the process of app development. In simple words, different people can write every single code. There is no need to rewrite that entire logic again. Also, if there are any changes, it will not change the logic of the application. With the help of its reusable components and developer tools, an app can develop faster. 

2. Reusable components

Reusable components allow us to use the same code frequently. Each coding has its logic and controls. But you can reuse them whenever you want. Reusable components will increase the productivity of developers. They can complete projects in less time and more efficiently. This feature may look small but can create a big advantage in your development efforts. It is a set of many components that gives us a facility of reusable components.

3. Developer tools

Since react deals with the user interface. That's why it should be great and appealing. This is why we have to choose a front-end development software with a set of developer tools. React has a great developer toolset. It has two toolsets-

  • React Developer tools is great for observing current props and state
  • Redux Developer tools help us to observe dispatched actions, current store states. Also, it will provide us the tool to record and check the past state of an application.

4. Flexibility and Scalability

If we compare React with other front-end frameworks, then we will find that it is more flexible than others due to its modular structure. This provides developers the choice to work freely and its flexibility saves developers time and money in the long run. The application made with React is scalable as well. They allow unlimited users to log in and use apps without any issue.

5. Superfast rendering

When you are building a high-load or complex application then you must define everything clearly from the very beginning. A minor modification or error can create a huge blunder in coding and it is difficult to review the whole coding for making a change or update. To overcome this problem, React introduced Virtual DOM. DOM allows us to make any change in the coding and it will change the entire coding automatically. This makes rendering faster and easy.

6. Easy learning curve

React is easy to learn and write. It is less complicated than other frameworks. It has a simple library that deals with the view layer only. Anyone with a JavaScript background can learn it without any hassle. Also, it will become easier as you start working on it. Well-structured documentation and tutorials are readily available and many training centres and books are also available.

Conclusion

In nutshell, you can use React for your front-end development. It provides us with the best feature for creating the user interface. Also, you can create small, medium, and large-size apps with React. Nowadays, it is necessary to create an amazing user interface, because the final users are going to see the User interface only. If you want to make your application different from others, then you must use React to develop it.

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