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An implementation of Conway's Game of Life using React and Redux Zero.

See it live at

The Game of Life, also known simply as Life, is a cellular automaton devised by the British mathematician John Horton Conway in 1970. The "game" is a zero-player game, meaning that its evolution is determined by its initial state, requiring no further input.

The universe of the Game of Life is an infinite two-dimensional orthogonal grid of square cells, each of which is in one of two possible states, alive or dead, or "populated" or "unpopulated". Every cell interacts with its eight neighbours, which are the cells that are horizontally, vertically, or diagonally adjacent. At each step in time, the following transitions occur:

  1. Any live cell with fewer than two live neighbours dies, as if caused by underpopulation.
  2. Any live cell with two or three live neighbours lives on to the next generation.
  3. Any live cell with more than three live neighbours dies, as if by overpopulation. 4 Any dead cell with exactly three live neighbours becomes a live cell, as if by reproduction.

"Conway's Game of Life",


This project uses Yarn to manage its dependencies and run common tasks. You'll have to install Yarn to run any of these commands.

To install all dependencies:

yarn install

To run all unit tests:

yarn test

To spin up a development server at http://localhost:3000 and play the game of life!

yarn start

To create a static build of the project that can be deployed:

yarn build

The static site is dumped into /build, which is not tracked in version control.

Playing the Game of Life

The Game of Life is a "zero-player game" – once the initial state of the grid is set, the game "plays" itself. However, we can change the initial state of the grid to prompt some interesting behaviors.

By default, the initial state of the grid is randomized. You can switch to a specific pattern by pressing the following keys:

Project Structure

All source code is located under src. I've tried to clearly separate the domain of the game of life (which is written in ordinary Javascript) from the view and state management layers (which are written using React and Redux Zero respectively).

Here's a simplified overview of the organization of src:

├── App.js         # The root component of our application.
├── actions        # Redux actions for changing application state.
├── components     # React components to render the game of life.
│   ├── cell
│   └── grid
├── containers     # Maps application state to the props in our components.
├── domain         # The core logic of the game of life.
│   └── helpers
└── store          # Sets up the initial application state.

Unit tests for source code are located under test.


An implementation of Conway's Game of Life. Side project to polish up my React and Redux knowledge.



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