How to start with react

How to Start with React

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React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces. It is frequently used to create interactive single page applications. React has been around for a while, and now it is becoming the go-to solution for many web developers. If you have been wanting to learn React, then this is the perfect guide for you!

Getting Started

The first step is to install Node.js (opens in a new tab). This will ensure that you have the necessary environment in which to run React. Once you have Node.js installed, you can use a package manager such as Yarn (opens in a new tab) or NPM (opens in a new tab) to install React.

The simplest way to get started with React is to use create-react-app (opens in a new tab). This is a command-line utility that will set up a basic React project for you with all of the necessary dependencies. All you have to do is run the command create-react-app <project-name> and you will have a basic React project ready to go.

Understanding React

Once you have your project set up, you should familiarize yourself with the structure of React. React is composed of components (opens in a new tab). Components are small, reusable pieces of code that can be composed together to create larger applications.

React also utilizes a virtual DOM (opens in a new tab). The virtual DOM is a lightweight version of the DOM (Document Object Model). It is used to keep track of the state of the application and to update the DOM when the state changes.

Writing React Code

Now that you are familiar with the structure of React, you can start writing your own React code. React code is written in JavaScript (opens in a new tab). Typically, React code is written in a JSX (opens in a new tab) syntax, which is a combination of JavaScript and HTML.

Here is an example of a React component written in JSX:

import React from 'react';
const HelloWorld = () => {
  return (
      <h1>Hello World!</h1>
export default HelloWorld;

This simple component will render the text “Hello World” on the screen.

Managing State

React components can manage their own state. State is a collection of data that can be used to update the UI of the component. State is typically managed using React Hooks (opens in a new tab). Hooks are a way to use state and other React features without writing a class.

Here is an example of a component that uses a state hook:

import React, { useState } from 'react';
const Counter = () => {
  const [count, setCount] = useState(0);
  const handleClick = () => {
    setCount(count + 1);
  return (
      <button onClick={handleClick}>Click Me!</button>
export default Counter;

This component will render a number on the screen and increment it every time the button is clicked.


React is a powerful and popular JavaScript library for building user interfaces. It is composed of components, uses a virtual DOM, and can manage its own state. With this guide, you should be able to get started with React and start building your own React applications. Good luck!

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