React Development With Zero Configuration

React Development With Zero Configuration

I use various web technologies in my day to day work. From WordPress, Ghost to Jekyll. And it gives me the unique perspective how other developers see different web technologies. I noticed that it is quite difficult for some WordPress developers to adapt to JavaScript stack. This comment from the “WP Tavern” discussion illustrates it perfectly:

How can I program a Gutenberg block without all this npm and node and whatever files, on Windows with Notepad++, which I use since 5 years to develop all kind of plugins and themes? source

If you feel the same way but still want to learn React this post is for you. You can start learning it without installing anything, just with a simple index.html file. I will show you how.

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The Roadmap To Learn React

The Roadmap To Learn React

In this post I will give you my roadmap which helped me to learn React. This post is primarily for people who are completely new to JavaScript/React world and need guidelines where to start.

Before learning anything new - framework, library or programming language it’s better to break things into the most important modules and take each module at a time. It’s actually nothing new if you went to school or college or took online courses. It’s the basic learning process. But when we are learning on our own we tend to forget that and start jumping from topic to topic or take the most exciting topic at a time without learning fundamentals. Like, for example, going straight to React without good JavaScript fundamentals. This kind of process leaves a lot of gaps in our learning path which we have to fill in later. Or, in the worst case, we do not fill them at all. To avoid it and to make our learning consistent, it’s better to make a plan and stick to it.

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The New Beginning

The New Beginning

Hi everyone! Thank you for stopping by and taking time to read this post. As this is the welcome post, I will keep it brief. My name is Tomas Bankauskas, I’m a front-end engineer/designer from Vilnius, Lithuania. I work in the web industry for more than 6 years now and I really like it. Most of my time I spend building WordPress & Ghost themes for Just Good Themes which I co-founded with my lovely and talented wife Asta, and we build projects for clients as well.

Why?

As we all gain a lot of free knowledge from random people on the internet I think it’s a good idea to contribute back if you can, and a blog, in my opinion, is one of the best ways to do it. Also, as you can guess from the blog title I have a deep passion for React and I want to share it with you.

Blog Topics

The main topics (but not limited) of this blog will be:

  • React
  • Redux
  • Webpack
  • Gatsby
  • UI design
  • CSS
  • Workflow

And everything that I find interesting and useful in React world.