React FUNdamentals Workshop with Ben Ilegbodu
A step-by-step workshop to build a React application, all while learning React fundamentals. Best if accompanied with live facilitation by me
In order to maximize our time during the workshop, please complete the following tasks in advance:
- Set up the project (follow setup instructions below)
- Install and run Zoom on the computer you'll be developing with (for remote workshops)
- Set up dual monitors for live coding, if possible (for remote workshops)
- Install React Developer Tools for Chrome (recommended) or Firefox
- Install a JSX-friendly code editor, such as Visual Studio Code
- Brush up on modern ES.next features, if they are unfamiliar to you
The more prepared you are for the workshop, the better it will go for you! 👍🏾
All of these must also be available in your
PATH in order to be run globally. To verify things are set up properly, run:
git --version node --version npm --version
If your node version is version 9 or lower, you can install
nvm to manage multiple versions of node.
After you have verified that you have the proper tools installed (and at the proper versions), getting setup should be a breeze. Run the following commands:
git clone https://github.com/benmvp/react-workshop.git cd react-workshop npm run setup
If it fails, please read through the error logs and see if you can figure out what the problem is. Double check that you have the proper system requirements installed. If you are unable to figure out the problem on your own, please feel free to file an issue with everything (and I mean everything) from the output of the commands you ran.
Running the app
We will be build a Giphy search app step-by-step in this workshop. To get started and verify that everything has been installed correctly, run:
The app should pop up in your default browser running at http://localhost:3000/. The app should be completely blank because we haven't built anything yet! But you can check out the app deployed online to see what the final state will look like.
For those interested, the app is a standard app bootstrapped by Create React App.
Let's learn the React fundamentals!
🧔🏾 About Me
Hiya! 👋🏾 My name is Ben Ilegbodu.
- Christian, Husband, Father of 👌🏾
- Pittsburg, California
- Principal Frontend Engineer at Stitch Fix (and yes we're hiring!)
- Go Rockets!
Each step in the workshop builds on top of the previous one. If at any point you get stuck, you can find the answers in the source code of the current step. Any step can be used as a starting point to continue on to the remaining steps.
- Setup / Logistics / Intro
- Step 1 - JSX
- Step 2 - Query Field
- Step 3 - API
- Step 4 - Lists
- Step 5 - Form Submit
- Step 6 - Components
- Step 7 - Prop Types
- Step 8 - Search Focus
- Step 9 - Custom Hook
- Step 10 - Loading States
😴15 minutes ❓Q & A
- Final Quiz!
- 👋🏾 Goodbye!
❓ Asking Questions
- Please interrupt me and ask questions! Others likely will have the same question.
- However, unrelated questions are better sent to Twitter or my AMA.
🖥️ Zoom Hygiene (for remote workshops)
- Keep your video on (if possible) to make it feel more human and lively
- Keep your microphone muted unless your talking to avoid background noise distractions
- Answer each other's questions in the chat
- Use breakout rooms to help each other
⭐ FUNdamental Concepts
Here is what you'll come away knowing at the end of the workshop...
- Using JSX syntax (Step 1)
- Maintaining component state with
useStatehook (Step 2)
- Handling user interaction (Step 2)
- Making API calls with
useEffecthook (Step 3)
- Rendering dynamic lists of data (Step 4)
- Conditionally rendering components (Step 4)
- Handling HTML forms & form elements (Step 5)
- Writing readable, reusable and composable components (Step 6)
- Type-checking props (Step 7)
- Interacting with the DOM directly with
useRefhook (Step 8)
- Factoring out logic from components into custom hooks (Step 9)
- Leveraging ES6+ to maintain application state with
useReducerhook (Step 10)
- Applying component styling with CSS classes (throughout)
🧠 Elaboration & Feedback
Each step has an Elaboration & Feedback form link at the end. After you're done with the exercise and before jumping to the next step, please take a few minutes to fill that out to solidify your learning.
At the end of the workshop, I would greatly appreciate your overall feedback. Share your workshop feedback.
🤝 Code of Conduct
All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at this workshop are required to agree with the code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
👉🏾 First Step
Go to Step 0 - Begin.
All of the workshop material is available for private, non-commercial use under the GPL version 3 license. If you would like to use this workshop to conduct your own workshop, please contact me first at firstname.lastname@example.org.