If you want to be a React Developer, there’s a lot to learn. You can get started in a weekend. Yes, in a single weekend, you can learn React and start developing some cool applications!
Here’s how I would approach it.
Ok, instead of binge-watching some TV show Friday night (no judgment, I’ve been there), you could spend the time learning the basics of React. If you’ve never touched React or done anything with it, The Big Picture is the place to start.
If you have played around with it, done some tutorials, etc, skip to the Getting Started course.
Take these courses and understand the big idea behind React and how it works.
This is the intro level course to take if you’ve never done anything in React, and you want to understand how it all works and how to get started. Click here to take this course
This course will get you up and running and creating things. Click here to take this course
Total Time: 5 hours, 13 minutes
With these two under your belt, you’ll be able to build actual applications that do something. You’ll have a great understanding of the React ecosystem. Not a bad way to spend a Friday night.
Ok, so you’re up bright and early Saturday morning. Grab your wake up beverage of choice and get started.
This course starts to deep into React. You’ll learn about things like
If you only take one of the courses listed here, make it this one. Click here to take this course
After completing the fundamentals course, you’ll have a good base for learning about hooks. React Hooks provide a direct API to React concepts you will already know like props, state, context, refs, and lifecycle events. Click here to take this course
Next, it’s time to put all this to work:
5: Project: Build a Quiz Component With React
In this project, you’ll follow along with our instructions and build a simple quiz component with React 16.x. You’ll create several components across different files, pass data as props, and propagate events up and down a chain of components.
This will enable you to apply what you’ve learned today. Click here to start this project
Total Time: 8 hours, 36 minutes
So you had a full day Saturday and learned a ton. You’ve probably already started to build different applications to experiment with things. You can already build applications at this point, but now it’s time to get serious.
Since there are only so many hours in a day, you should choose between one of these courses:
Course: Create Apps with React and Flux
Get started with React, React Router, and Flux by building a data-driven application that manages Pluralsight course data. This course uses a modern client-side development stack, including create-react-app, Node, Webpack, Babel, and Bootstrap. Click here to take this course.
Time: 5 Hours, 11 Minutes
Or you could focus on Redux:
Course: Create Apps with React and Redux
Time: 6 hours, 39 minutes
Once you’re done with those, you’ve learned to build some serious applications. To top it off, I’d look at one of these courses:
If you want to know how to style components, this is a great course that covers them in-depth. Click here to take this course
Authentication is a must, and with this course, you’ll be able to connect your apps to Auth0 with ease.
So some combination of these puts you right where you need to be to start developing React applications. You won’t be an expert, but you’ll be able to develop applications. You’ll have already developed quite a few in the courses.
What a Weekend!!
By the end of this weekend, you’ll go from knowing React exists to building real React applications. If you can create an application on your own and deploy it you can call yourself a React Developer. You’ll only improve from here.
I would suggest not only taking these courses but experiment and play around with it as you go. If you’re curious how a particular feature works or want to experiment, doing it on your machine as you’re learning is the best way for the concepts to sink in.
So, if you follow this path, please let me know in the comments how it went!! I would love to hear your story!!