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Essential Prerequisites for Beginners to Get Started with React

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In this blog post, we will discuss the essential prerequisites for beginners to get started with React. React is a popular JavaScript library used for building user interfaces. It is highly efficient and provides a simple and intuitive way to create reusable UI components. If you’re new to React, it can be difficult to know where to start.

JavaScript

JavaScript is the backbone of React. It is essential to have a strong understanding of JavaScript before diving into React. You should be familiar with the basic concepts of JavaScript such as variables, functions, arrays, objects, loops, and conditional statements. JavaScript is also used to write logic in React components, so having a good grasp of it is crucial.

HTML and CSS

React is used to build user interfaces, so a basic understanding of HTML and CSS is essential. HTML is used to create the structure of a web page, while CSS is used to style the page. Understanding HTML tags, attributes, and selectors, as well as CSS properties and values, will help you create and style your React components.

Node.js and npm

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Node.js is an open-source JavaScript runtime environment that allows you to run JavaScript on the server-side. React applications are usually built using Node.js and npm (Node Package Manager). You should have Node.js and npm installed on your machine before you start building React applications. You can download Node.js from the official website (https://nodejs.org/en/ ) and npm will be installed automatically.

Text Editor

To write code, you need a text editor. There are many text editors available, both free and paid. Some popular text editors for React development are Visual Studio Code, Sublime Text, Atom, and WebStorm. Choose the one that you are most comfortable with. Below is the interface of Visual Studio Code.

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React Developer Tools

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React Developer Tools is a browser extension that allows you to inspect and debug React components. It is available for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. React Developer Tools will help you understand how React works and how components are rendered.

You can directly install and enable it from the given link: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/react-developer-tools/

Basic Understanding of React

Before you start coding with React, you need to have a basic understanding of how it works. React is a component-based library, which means you will be building reusable components that can be combined to create complex user interfaces. You should understand the concept of JSX, state, props, and lifecycle methods.

Learn more about React from our blog: https://plainsurf.com/why-reactjs-is-the-best-choice-for-your-websites-user-experience/

Conclusion

In conclusion, before you start coding with React, you need to have a good understanding of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. You also need to have Node.js and npm installed on your machine, a text editor, and React Developer Tools. Finally, you should have a basic understanding of React before you start coding. By following these prerequisites, you will be ready to start building your first React application.

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