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README: React Template with/without Redux

This repo is a template for developing ReactJS projects. The repository also includes a branch for projects requiring Redux, use git pull origin redux. API integration is setup with and without Redux.

Quick Start Guide

Below is a quick start guide to using the template for your project.

note: on Windows, ensure the path to the folder does not contain capital letters, otherwise this will cause linting errors

git clone myProjectName

cd myProjectName

# MAC/LINUX USERS ONLY: remove the existing GIT files
rm -rf .git

# WINDOWS USERS ONLY: remove the existing GIT files
rd .git /S/Q

# initialise another GIT repo locally
git init
git add .
git commit -m "Initial commit"

# create a repo and connect this to your local files
git remote add origin <repo-address>
git push -u origin master

# NEED REDUX? add Redux to your project — skip this step if you do not need Redux
git pull origin redux

# install all node modules in the package.json file
npm install

# start the application — this will enable hot-reloading, linting and run tests and display the coverage in the console
npm start

The app will open at http://localhost:3000/.

For production, run the build to transpile code to 'dist' folder. This runs the app in localhost and ensure app is running correctly using the 'dist' folder files:
npm run build

To view the build files run:
npm run start:dist

Basic Tech Stack

This template is built using the React JavaScript library for building user interfaces. The template is build using React-Router 4 and Webpack 2, with the capacity to pull a branch containing the Redux if required. Docker is also configured. All image types can be used (GIF, JPEG, JPG, PNG, SVG). Use either CSS or SCSS, simple change the file extension as required. CSS/SCSS files can be stored in the component folder, or in the 'styles' folder

Chrome Dev Tools

There are Chrome Extensions available for both React and Redux, configuration settings have been adjusted to allow Redux Dev Tools to work in development.
React Dev Tools Download
Redux Dev Tools Download

Webpack & Babel

This repo is implemented using Webpack 2 and Babel. Webpack is a module bundler which takes modules with dependencies and generates static assets representing those modules. Babel is used to transpile ES6 code into readable vanilla ES5 with source maps


Mocha is setup as the JavaScript testing framework for this repo, with Chai. Test can be written in ES6 or ES7, test files are transpiled to ES5 for Mocha and Istanbul. Test files can be placed in the 'tests' folder, or placed in the relevant component folder as preferred. All test files with the extension .spec.js (for instance homepage.spec.js) are run when npm start is run, and can also be run with the command npm test.

ES Linting is also implemented to reveal errors in JavaScript code and sure best practices. It may be useful to download an ESLint plugin for your IDE.

Test Coverage

Istanbul is used for test coverage. Istanbul is coverage tool that computes statement, line, function and branch coverage with module loader hooks. It is ran when testing and can also be viewed in the browser using npm run coverage.

Public Folder

The repo contains a 'public' folder. This folder is published and all assets are copied to the 'dist' folder on npm run build.

JSON Package File for NPM

Below is a list of each entry in the package.json file and the explanation for each entry:


Scripts are used to speed up the restarting of the application. By running 'npm start' the developer can start the lint watch to watch for errors in the 'src' folder, run the tests in the 'tests' folders, open the browser at localhost:{portnumber} and watch for changes, as well as enable hot-reloading. The instructions for express are loaded from the files in the 'tools' folder.

The production build is managed by the prebuild, build and postbuild scripts. Prebuild cleans out the existing code by deleting the 'dist' folder and making a new directory. The build command builds the HTML, creates the bundle.js file, and extracts the CSS into a separate files. These are all found in the 'dist' folder. Postbuild will run after and run the server file so the results can be viewed.

The security-check script runs a check to ensure no known vulnerabilities are found in the node modules used.


Babel is used to transpile ES6 code into readable vanilla ES5 with source maps.
babel-cli: Used to compile files from the command line.
babel-core: The core of the Babel compiler
babel-loader: This package allows transpiling JavaScript files using Babel and webpack.
babel-polyfill: Provides polyfills necessary for a full ES2015+ environment, such as Promises and Object.assign
babel-preset-es2017: Babel preset for all es2017 plugins, for compiling ES2017(ES8) to ES5
babel-preset-react: Babel preset for all React plugins.
babel-register: One of the ways you can use Babel is through the require hook. The require hook will bind itself to node’s require and automatically compile files on the fly.

Remaining Entries

axios: A Promise based HTTP client for the browser and node.js
prop-types: React.PropTypes is deprecated as of React v15.5. The prop-types library is used instead.
compression: Node.js compression middleware. Returns the compression middleware using the given options. The middleware will attempt to compress response bodies for all request that traverse through the middleware, based on the given options.
cross-env: This micro-lib allows you to provide a script which sets an environment using unix style and have it work on windows too
css-loader: css loader module for webpack
enzyme: Enzyme is a JavaScript Testing utility for React that makes it easier to assert, manipulate, and traverse your React Components' output.
eslint: ES Linting Core to reveal errors in JavaScript code and sure best practices
eslint-plugin-import: This plugin intends to support linting of ES2016+ (ES7+) import/export syntax, and prevent issues with misspelling of file paths and import names. All the goodness that the ES2016+ static module syntax intends to provide, marked up in your editor.
eslint-plugin-react: React specific linting rules for ESLint
eslint-watch: Run eslint with watch mode
eventsource-polyfill: Polyfill for EventSource
expect: improves assertions when testing
express: a Node.js web server framework
extract-text-webpack-plugin: Extract text from bundle into a file, makes it possible to generate a native css output file.
file-loader: A file loader module for webpack
html-webpack-plugin: creates HTML files to serve webpack bundles
image-webpack-loader: Image loader module for webpack
istanbul: A coverage tool that computes statement, line, function and branch coverage
jsdom: A JavaScript implementation of the DOM and HTML standards, jsdom will inject document, window and other DOM API into your Node.js environment. Useful for running, in Node.js, tests that are made for browsers.
mkdirp: Recursively mkdir, like mkdir -p, but in node.js, needed for Windows support
mocha: JavaScript Testing
nock: Nock is an HTTP mocking and expectations library for Node.js, Nock can be used to test modules that perform HTTP requests in isolation.
node-sass: A library that provides binding for Node.js to LibSass
npm-run-all: A CLI tool to run multiple npm-scripts in parallel or sequential.
nsp: Node Security Platform command-line tool which helps to identify known vulnerabilities in your project
nyc: The Istanbul command line interface
open: open a file or url in the user's preferred application
react-addons-test-utils: ReactTestUtils makes it easy to test React components in the testing framework of your choice.
react: React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces.
react-dom: React package for working with the DOM.
react-router: A complete routing library for React
rim-raf: A cross platform way to remove folders forcefully, used in the building and destruction of the 'dist' folder
sass-loader: sass loader for webpack
style-loader: style loader module for webpack
url-loader: The url loader works like the file loader, but can return a Data Url if the file is smaller than a limit.
webpack: Webpack is a module bundler. Webpack takes modules with dependencies and generates static assets representing those modules.
webpack-dev-middleware: It's a simple wrapper middleware for webpack. It serves the files emitted from webpack over a connect server.
webpack-hot-middleware: Webpack hot reloading using only webpack-dev-middleware. This allows you to add hot reloading into an existing server without webpack-dev-server.
webpack-md5-hash: A plugin to replace a standard webpack chunkhash with md5.


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