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In 2011, Facebook features were growing and growing, their developers needed a code upgrade to keep maintenance efficient and updates managable. Thankfully, there was Jordan Walke who introduced a prototype for the React librabry. Using React is useful for the development of SPA’s (Single Page Applications), as well as for mobile applications. This coding language is focused on simplicity, speed and the scalability of a website.
Another advantage is that websites built with React can be created via small, separated blocks. With the React Components small bits of code can be programmed as individual pieces. This makes it easier to quikcly add new components. The result: websites become extremely adaptable, as you can just add pieces on the go.
Besides the ease in adjustment (for webdevelopers), the technique behind React is another advantage opposed to other systems. Because of the SPA, webpages are loaded dynamically. This means that whatever the user is interacting with, is loaded only when they need it. That way the user experience of React is fluent and dynamic, and creates the app-like feeling we already mentioned.
One of the reasons React can load so quickly, is that all components can be updated separately. Because of this, only one element is affected when you do an update. Thanks to this, pages load much faster. With other websites, entire pages usually need to be loaded in order to view them. And it's also great when you are working with a whole team on a project, it's easy for other developers to latch on. So React doesn't only lead to faster loading times, but a quicker development process is also possible.
The learning curve for React is pretty shallow. So getting the first hang of it is quite easy. However, if you want to operate in React on a high level it will take time and effort. On that higher level other specifics are involved. Think of Virtual DOM, lifecycle events and the merging of other libraries such as Redux. But hey, that’s all just very exciting for us developers!
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