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In this video, tech experts share the React libraries and tools they actually use in their everyday work.
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Whether you are a developer or an IT team leader, you want to keep up-to-date with the latest trends and news concerning your core technology.
No wonder the ability to constantly learn and adjust to the ever-changing environment is the key characteristic of every top developer.
In this article, we’ll be talking about top 14 React libraries that all React developers should know.
Without any further ado, let’s jump right in to it.
Create React App is a command line interface created by Facebook developers that enables you to easily create a React.js project. It builds structures of catalogs and files, includes tools needed at the start and helps you build, test and launch your application.
It’s an absolute must-have for every React project as it saves you plenty of time otherwise spent on overwhelming manual setup and configuration of your app. You just need to run one simple command and Create React App does that all for you.
Find Create React App on Github.
Material UI is a set of components created by Google, that implements their famous Material Design. With over 36k stars on Github, it’s the most popular UI package of all React libraries. It’s simple, eye-catching, light and user-friendly. It’s already been around for a couple of years, but thanks to constant updates, it hasn’t lost its popularity.
Find Material UI on Github.
Styled Components is a CSS tool that helps you organize your React project (TIP: it works with React Native too). This library helps you build small, reusable components responsible for the look of your app. With traditional CSS you may face the problem of accidentally overwriting selectors used in other places of the site, but thanks to Style Components you can avoid this issue by using a CSS syntax directly inside your components.
Find Styled Components on Github.
This state management solution was created to make it impossible to build a messy state and thus create a bug-packed app. While other libraries focus on restricting developers from modifying the state, MobX makes sure that everything can be easily and automatically extracted.
Find MobX on Github.
Find Enzyme on Github.
Find Redux on Github.
React Virtualized library helps you improve the efficiency of the large list and tabular data rendering. It helps to restrict the number of requests and DOM elements and enhances the overall performance of React apps. There are many tools similar to React Virtualized, which makes it better than the competition is the number of functionalities and very good maintenance.
Find React Virtualized on Github.
Redux Form is a set of reducer and action creators that makes it easier to implement customized complex forms. It was especially designed to work with Redux (no surprise there). It’s a relatively simple and well-performing solution when compared to other similar tools. You still write forms and components by yourself so it does not take the flexibility away.
Find Redux Form on Github.
React DnD is a library used to build complex drag and drop interfaces. There are plenty of great drag and drop libraries, but React DnD is unlike most of them as it’s built on top of the modern HTML5 drag and drop API. However, it has one major downside – it doesn’t support touchscreens.
Find React DnD on Github.
Every language has different rules and conventions. Adapting those differences in international projects isn’t easy and that’s why React Intl was built. This open-source child of Yahoo was designed to make internationalization as easy and straightforward as possible. It includes ready-to-go components and an API to format strings, dates, numbers and handle pluralization.
Find React Intl on Github.
React Context allows data to be passed down through the component tree without explicitly passing it as props between each component. The feature provides a way to share data and state between components that are not directly connected through parent-child relationships.
With React Context, components can access shared data without passing it explicitly through intermediate components. This can be useful for scenarios where multiple components need access to the same data or when prop drilling becomes cumbersome.
It's important to use React Context judiciously and consider its impact on component reusability and maintainability. Excessive use of context can make it harder to understand and reason about the flow of data in the application.
React Window is a library for React that provides virtualized rendering of large lists or grids, optimizing performance by rendering only the visible items instead of rendering the entire list. It helps developers to address performance issues that can arise when rendering a large number of items in a React application.
When dealing with long lists or grids, rendering all the items at once can lead to performance problems, especially on devices with limited resources. React Window tackles this issue by rendering only the visible items within the viewport, dynamically replacing items as the user scrolls or interacts with the list.
By implementing virtualized rendering, React Window optimizes the performance of long lists or grids, making it an excellent choice when working with large amounts of data in React applications.
React Query is a library for React that provides data fetching and caching capabilities. It simplifies the management of remote data in React applications by abstracting away the complexities of network requests, caching, and state management.
Zod is a TypeScript-first schema validation library that allows you to define and validate data structures. It provides a concise and expressive syntax for defining schemas, and it seamlessly integrates with TypeScript, leveraging its static type checking capabilities.
We hope you liked this short list of the most popular React Libraries. If you found it valuable, please share it with your colleagues and team members so that they can read about these React development gems as well.
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