You’ve heard about it, you’ve tried it, and now you can’t live without it. React has taken the web development world by storm, which means there are plenty of libraries to help React developers create their next masterpiece in this hot new technology. But with so many new libraries cropping up every day, how do you know which ones are worth paying attention to? Here’s a list of five React libraries that will be must-haves by 2022 to keep your development skills competitive.
React Native Library
As Facebook switches over its stack from Flux-based architectures to its new data-flow system called Jigsaw, it is going to be worth watching how users react, and how libraries start adopting Jigsaw. The company has released a series of tools that you can use with React, including Relay, which helps build more complex data-driven apps. While Flux isn’t as much fun anymore now that Jigsaw exists, I still see its usefulness.
Even though it has only been around since 2015, GraphQL is quickly becoming a go-to tool for developers looking to build better APIs. The powerful data-fetching and management system allows apps to query only what they need from a larger data set, making it ideal for high-end enterprise applications as well as small business owners looking for easy access to data about their users.
Apollo is one of several GraphQL clients that have sprung up to compete with Relay and eventually replace it. If you’re coming from a Relay background, you’ll find Apollo relatively easy to pick up. It’s worth noting that they’ve come a long way since their initial release and are now generally stable.
With its focus on performance and enabling new patterns such as server-side rendering, Relay Modern is a natural fit for applications that have a strong data-driven core. It continues Relay’s push toward simple, declarative code, which makes it easier to maintain and refactor your application. Read our guide on Server Side Rendering with GraphQL in React with Relay Modern here!
A user interface development environment that supports rapid iteration and collaboration. If you’re developing something on React or Vue, Storybook can be a great way to showcase your designs and UIs. These stories are living documents that allow your team to collaborate quickly on UX and UI decisions by viewing them in a web browser—no setup necessary. As you iterate on design, developers can easily import changes, or entirely new components, into their existing codebases without having to do any work at all.
The simplest way to get started with a React app. It’s also a great boilerplate as it includes Babel, ESLint, and Webpack out of the box. You could always build on top of it or start fresh with create-react-app without committing all these addons if you wanted something more lightweight or you wanted a control over Webpack config. (You could also just use create-react-app.)
Reactive Programming with RxJS on a Todo App
If you’re looking to kick-start your journey with reactive programming, then check out our RxJS step-by-step guide on a React + Redux Todo app. In Part 1, we go over all of what you need to get started (or learn more) with reactive programming and how it can benefit your app. If you have any questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to comment below!