What is Yeoman?
Trick question. It's not a thing. It's this guy:
Basically, he wears a top hat, lives in your computer, and waits for you to tell him what kind of application you wish to create.
Not every new computer comes with a Yeoman pre-installed. He lives in the npm package repository. You only have to ask for him once, then he packs up and moves into your hard drive. Make sure you clean up, he likes new and shiny things.
npm install -g yo
Yeoman travels light. He didn't pack any generators when he moved in. You can think of a generator like a plug-in. You get to choose what type of application you wish to create, such as a Backbone application or even a Chrome extension.
To install generator-meteor-react from npm, run:
npm install -g generator-meteor-react
Finally, initiate the generator:
meteor create myAmazingApp cd myAmazingApp you can delete the default .html, js & css files yo meteor-react sh startup.sh
To add a View:
yo meteor-react:view [yourViewName]
To add a Collection:
yo meteor-react:collection [yourCollectionName]
To add a React component:
yo meteor-react:component [yourComponentName]
Why React components with Meteor?
Because React.js is cool and worth learning
Because it's easier to port a Meteor prototype to an enterprise CMS such as Sitecore, AEM or Backbase using React components.. React.js provides a common separation of the View that can be almost dropped onto another implementation
Some example React magic comes with the default setup
You will find a sample component "Topnav" comes with the default setup. This is just to demonstrate how a basic react component is set up and implemented. It's directly wired up to pull from the 'navigation' collection. And is added via the master layout.
Getting To Know Yeoman
Yeoman has a heart of gold. He's a person with feelings and opinions, but he's very easy to work with. If you think he's too opinionated, he can be easily convinced.
Yeoman generator for Meteor and React.js views