The first thing we want to address right off the bat is books are the best way to learn. They are a bit outdated but look at the stuff they have got for novice users. Mastering React through books is also another possibility but not through a single book. Pick and learn pieces as you go along.
1. React Quickly – basics to mastering, a little note
Azad Mardan is the author of React quickly. Why are we bringing this book to your notice? If you are disappointed by the introduction that learning React through a single book isn’t a possible one, this book will cheer you up. You will move with the elements and learn fast multiple instances and you will work on a huge project while learning.
React quickly is a swift learning book with contents of introduction to React and JSX. As the book starts, the first few chapters aren’t really as quick as the title suggests. They keep insisting on the basics over and over to make sure that you understand the concepts clearly. The next few chapters will bring in more instances to make it interesting. Reading about 60% of the book will clear all your doubts about React basics and you will be a proficient developer.
The last few chapters explain Webpack, Redux, and Router. They are some of the important subjects you will learn in the book. Overall, it is a very good book to understand React.js principles and the working of it.
2. Mastering React – Advanced theory and explanation
You will love the way this book explains certain information you need to know to conquer React. The contents include mastering the environment using applications, creation of single-page web development and the understanding of component lifecycle.
The only con is that it surpasses ES6 and concentrates on mixins that aren’t supported by ES6. Mixins are a little outdated and ES6 is one of the best practices for React. Nevertheless, this book serves as a treat for intermediate and advanced programmers
3. FullStack React – Series of 6 authors
The book features many experts explaining React. Starting with the pros of the books, the written quality is so high that it will make you fall in love with the book. It encourages you to work on React as you use it and explores what happens backstage too.
It is entirely technical, has strong chapters and is clear, precise, and well-structured. By well-structured, we mean that six great authors have written this book and you will be with the flow of authors. Within no time, you’ll be on your way in becoming an in-demand pragmatic web developer.
4. Learn React.js by building games – Fun learning with React
Building games is a fun way to learn a programming language, isn’t it?
It is a 266 page-long short book comprising topics of advanced and fundamental concepts of React.js by developing four simple browser games. Samer Buna is the author of the book.
Props and State events of JSX extension and clean code user inputs are some of the topics covered in this book. Coming back to the games developed in the book, you will be coding a colour match game, star match game, memory grid game, target sum game.
Developing games aren’t actually simple. This book goes through all the details in the user interface you need to learn as a React developer and build games while processing through it. If you are searching for a glee way of learning React, this should be your choice.
5. The road to React – Up-to-date and Sequential
The best and latest edition of “The road to React” is the 2020 edition that is written by Robin Wieruch. Keeping aside all the books listed above, this book is up-to-date and covers all the recent updates of React.
It is a step by step book that teaches the programmer everything from scratch. It holds exercises at the end of every chapter making it an apt choice for you if you are a learn-try person. Every detail covered in the book answers the question ‘why’?
Listing the contents of the book is unfeasible, that is, it covers a lot of topics you need to know as a web developer working with React.js. If you are a bit confused in-between topics, each chapter holds reference links to make topics more clear. The author doesn’t dumb it down nor does he prattle on. Grab this book right away if you are a novice, proficient or at any level as a web developer.
6. Serverless web applications with React and Firebase – Strong Contents of React.js
Harmeet Singh and Mayur Tanna wrote the book explaining real-time application development for mobile and web applications.
Firstly, you will slide through firebase and React basics then slowly work your way through the firebase integration with the React application and you will finish it with the integration of firebase and cloud with some instances for better understanding.
It is a 284-long page book with counterbalancing of pros and cons. If you are trying to learn in a step-by-step process rather than learning each content separately, do not go for this book. It is not a well-structured note but tells you all the contents with a proper explanation.
7. React Cookbook – Recipes to learn and get hands-on experience
React Cookbook is a 580-pages long book written by Carlos Santana Roldan to create dynamic web pages. React Cookbook is special and unique when compared to all the other books on the list.
Who doesn’t love cookbooks? Be it technical or general, cookbooks are the standard way of learning. The React Cookbook holds 66 recipes for you to understand concepts clearly and have adequate practice. Cookbooks usually have concepts for all levels of users and similar to that React Cookbook also possess information for amateur users to advanced people.
You will, of course, love the book and the context of it as it holds and counterbalances the hype of React Cookbook.
8. React in Action – Not for Beginners, Not for Experts
React in Action is a book written by Mark Tielens Thomas that teaches you to think like a pro about user interfaces and building them with React. Before starting, let’s begin with a word of caution. This is not for Beginners!
Some of the topics it covers are rendering, lifecycle methods, JSX, data flow, forms, routing, integrating with third-party libraries, and testing. Apart from that, it consists of application design ideas that will help make your app pop. You’ll be exploring state management with Redux and server-side rendering along with the integration of React into full-stack applications. You’ll even have the chance to dabble in React Native for mobile UIs.
9. React.js Essentials – A fast-paced journey
Grooving as a front-end developer, this book is a golden egg in your hand. Written by Artemij Fedosejev, this book serves as a great introduction to React.js and Flux for better web User Interface development.
All the instances provided are very apt to the framework. Overall, ‘Essentials’ are really essential to start React.js
10. Learning React (2nd edition)- A Beginner’s treat
It holds 6 chapters of overview for beginners. You may ask if a person without knowledge of ES6 follows this book. The answer is yes. It provides all the minute and major details of React, so ES6 isn’t to be necessarily known to go with the flow.
It is sharp, concise and has a list of enormous examples that will make you follow the book easily. Step up, buy the book, begin working with React.