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Learning React

Functional Web Development with React and Redux

Eve Porcello & Alex Banks

If you want to learn how to build efficient user interfaces with React, this is your book. Authors Alex Banks and Eve Porcello show you how to create UIs with this small JavaScript library that can deftly display data changes on large-scale, data-driven websites without page reloads. Along the way, you’ll learn how to work with functional programming and the latest ECMAScript features.

Jan 5th 7pm

Chapter 2 "Javascript for React" Part I

Q1. What is the difference between function declaration and function expression? Q2. What does destructuring an object mean? How does it work when passing an object as a function argument? And how can you destructure an object nested in another object? Q3. What is object literal enhancement? Q4. What can you use the spread operator for? BONUS 1: Why can you omit "return" in arrow functions? BONUS 2: How regular function declarations and arrow functions treat the scope (this) differently?

Jan 12th 7pm

Chapter 2 "Javascript for React" Part II

Q1. What is the difference between promises and async/await? Q2. Why do we need to include the word “default” when exporting JS modules? Q3. How does a module with a single and multiple exports differ when being imported in another module? Q4. What two possible locally scoped changes using the term “as” when importing a module are presented in this chapter? Q5. How is using modules different in ES6 vs CommonJS?BONUS (Interview Questions)

B1. How do you define a class in JavaScript? How do you a public and a private variable in this class? B2. What is a JavaScript promise?

Chapter 3 "Functional Programming with JavaScript" Part I

Jan 19th 7pm.

Topics: What it means to be Functional, Imperative vs Declarative, Functional Concepts - Immutability, Pure Functions, Data Transformations.

Q1. What does the fact of functions being variables in Javascript allow us to do with those functions? Q2. What is declarative programming? Q3. Which of the following array methods mutate the object and which don’t? “Array.push, array.concat, array.splice, array.pop, array.filter,, array.reduce, array.reduceright” Q4. What defines a pure function? Why is a pure function easier to test? Q5. What are the three rules we should follow when writing functions?

Jan 26th 7pm

Chapter 3 "Functional Programming with JavaScript" Part II

Topics: Functional Concepts - Higher-Order Functions, Recursion, Composition, Putting it all together.

Q1. What is a higher-order function? Q2. What is a recursive function? In what scenarios can recursive functions be a better solution than loops? Q3. What is function chaining? Q4. What is function composition? BONUS: What are the pros and cons of functional programming vs object-oriented programming? (Not clear in the chapter).

Chapter 4 "How React Works"

Feb 2nd 7pm

Q1. Why do we need to import React and ReactDOM libraries instead of importing just React? Q2. What does AJAX stand for and how did it change the way pages were loaded in the browser? Q3. What are class components? What are the lifecycle methods of class components? Q4. What is JSX? Interview Question: How React works? How Virtual-DOM works in React?

Chapter 5 - React with JSX (React Elements as JSX, Babel, Recipes as JSX, React Fragments).

Using the cdns* and the script type=“text/babel”, recreate the Delicious Recipes code using another fake - or real - dataset (array) and share your code with the group. i.e. School Names, Addresses and Programs; Cars names, prices and available colours; etc.

We’ll notice that the process of looping through data - or consuming data from an API - and rendering UI is basically the same despite of the industry of the app (Food, Cars, Educational, Hotels, BnB, Movies, etc).

Feb 16th 7pm

Chapter 5 - Part II - React with JSX (Intro to webpack, Creating the Project, Source Mapping, Create React App)

Q1. What tools do you use for code compilation? I.E. Webpack, parcel, babel. Q2. Aside from code compilation, what else can webpack - or other bundlers - handle? Q3. What benefits do we developers gain by using a tool like webpack? Q4. What is the benefit of splitting code in multiple files or modules? Q5. What is the benefit of adding “source-map” to the webpack configuration?

Feb 23rd 7pm

Chapter 6 - Part I - React State Management (Building a Star Rating Component, The useState Hook, Refactoring for Advanced Reusability, State in Component Trees

Q1. What are React Hooks? Q2. What is the useState hook used for and how does it work? And how does useState make it easier to manage state in functional components compared to class components? Q3. Why is it not a best practice to store state in components? Q4. What is a pure component? Q5. How can we pass data up the component tree?

March 2nd 7pm

Chapter 6 - Part II - React State Management (Building Forms, React Context)

Q1. What is a ref? Q2. Why is using controlled components a better approach compared to using refs when building forms? Q3. What’s the benefit of using React Context instead of passing data down the component tree using props? Q4. Why is it a best practice to add functions to context for the operations that can change the state? Q5. Why it may be better to use custom hooks instead of exposing context to consumer components?

March 9th

Chapter 7 - Part I - Enhancing Components with Hooks (Introducing useEffect - The Dependency Array, Deep Checking Dependencies, When to useLayoutEffect)

Q1. What is useEffect used for? Q2. When should we add a dependency array as a parameter to some hooks? What happens when you add an empty array as dependency to useEffect? Q3. What happens when you return a function from useEffect? Q4. What does the hook useMemo do? Q5. What is the difference between useEffect and useLayoutEffect? And in which cases would useLayoutEffect be recommended?

March 16th

Chapter 7 - Part II - Enhancing Components with Hooks (Introducing useEffect - Rules to Follow with Hooks, Improving Code with useReducer, useReducer to Handle Complex State, Improving Component Performance, shouldComponentUpdate and PureComponent, When to Refactor)

Q1. What rules should we follow when using hooks? Q2. What is a reducer? Q3. How can you guarantee you keep the original object in the state and just overwrite the intended key/value of the object when setting the state? Q4. What does the memo function do? How does the memo function help to improve the app performance? Q5. How can useCallback or useMemo help to improve the app performance?

Chapter 8 - Part I - Incorporating Data - Requesting Data, Render Props, Virtualized Lists (Creating a Fetch Hook, Creating a Fetch Component, Handling Multiple Requests, Memoizing Values).

Q1. What are some use cases for storing data in sessionStorage or localStorage? Q2. What are Render Props? Q3. What does windowing (or virtualization) mean? What solutions are available in React for virtualized lists? Q4. Why did the authors decide to use useCallback and useMemo for the values of item, prev and next in the useIterator custom hook?

Chapter 8 - Part II - Incorporating Data - Waterfall Requests, Throttling the Network Speed, Parallel Requests, Waiting for Values, Canceling Requests, Introduction to GraphQL

Q1. What is the difference between waterfall and parallel requests? Q2. Why is it recommended to slow down your network speed when developing an application? Q3. How can you prevent a component from being rendered until the data it requires is provided? Q4. What are your thoughts on GraphQL?

Chapter 9 - Suspense

Q1. What are error boundaries and why they are important? Q2. Why should you split your App code in smaller chunks? Q3. What does the Suspense component do? How is it used to handle lazy loading components?

April 13th 7pm PDT

Chapter 10 - React Testing

Part I (ESLint, Prettier, Typechecking for React Applications)

Q1. What is linting? What does ESLint do? Q2. What are some examples of ESlint plugins and how do they help us improve the code quality? Q3. What is Prettier? Why should you use a code formatter? Q4. How do ESLint and Prettier work together? Q5. Do you use typechecking in React? How do you currently handle it?

April 20th 7pm PDT

Chapter 10 - React Testing

Part II (Test-Driven Development, Incorporating Jest, Testing React Components)

Q1. What steps should you follow in order to practice TDD? Q2. What are the jest methods .toBe(), .toEqual(), and .describe() used for? Q3. What is the purpose of jsdom in testing React components with jest? Q4. What it can be a good idea to add a data-testid attribute to the html elements you want to test? Q5. What is code coverage and Istanbul? How much coverage is considered good for unit tests in a project?

April 27th 7pm PDT

Chapter 11 - React Router

Q1. What is routing? Q2. How can you nest routes using React Router? Q3. What do the hooks useRoutes, useParams and useNavigate do?

Chapter 12 - React and the Server

May 4th 7pm PDT

Q1. What is the difference between isomorphism and universalism? Q2. What are the differences between Client Side Rendering, Server Side Rendering, Rehydration and Prerendering? Q3. When should you use CRA, Gatsby or Next.js? Q4. Any final thoughts?