In recent years, the popularity of React JS has skyrocketed over all its other popular competitors. With some of the biggest applications in the world – Facebook, Netflix, Instagram and the like, using React JS to make breakthroughs in their technology by adapting to new frameworks and trends, React JS is definitely worth delving into.
The origins of React JS
The first-ever application of React was in the Facebook News feedback in 2011, after being developed by a software engineer named Jordan Walke, who worked at Facebook. It has become immensely popular, not only as a developing tool but also serving as a library for front-end developers involved in the building of user interfaces for applications. One of the factors behind React’s success, is its versatility, in that it takes nothing for granted by making unnecessary assumptions. Everything is streamlined for developers to experiment as much as possible.
Reasons for its Popularity
- The Virtual DOM
Every developer knows the complexities of building detailed and sophisticated user interfaces. Working with the DOM API can seem pretty daunting for not only developers in the early stages of their careers, but also experienced ones.
React differs from its competitors, in that it makes use of the concept of a Virtual DOM. This Virtual DOM is more efficient at rendering nodes as well as quicker at it.
- It’s Exponential Growth
The areas in which ReactJS Excels over its counterparts
Every DOM project in React has an equivalent virtual DOM, which can be defined as a virtual imprint of the original DOM project. React’s adaptability in terms of being able to make changes to the virtual DOM faster than making changes to the original DOM is another factor that adds to its attraction among the developer community.
The use of one-way data binding that has a special application architecture called Flux, allows React to automatically update the view after the virtual DOM compares the new data (updates by the developer) with the original DOM.
- It’s Declarative Nature
Another crucial feature of React JS – the declarative views, make things easier for developers by making their code easier to debug and more readable. This allows for the creation of extremely interactive and dynamic user interfaces for web and mobile applications. All a developer has to do is to create simple views for every stage of their application and React takes care of the rest by updating and rendering just the required components, depending on the data they changed.
The Future of ReactJS
Although it is well worth your time learning the ropes to React, at this present time, it doesn’t hurt to bear in mind that Reacts successor – React Fiber, is slated for release by Facebook. React’s successor will apparently be more responsive and at the same time also exhibit backward compatibility with your already existing React projects.