You take a React course and you learn the fundamentals. You can build simple applications and know how things work. You start building your first larger project and questions pop up. How do I structure my project? Where do I put this component? How do I make it more reusable? What styling tool to use?
There are many resources that can teach you the little pieces. No one tells you how to put them together to build real applications.
Most applications need to be extended, modified and supported. To work productively you need more than just knowledge of React. You need to know how to structure a codebase, what practices to follow when building components and how to make trade offs.
Let me help you out. Through trial and error I've formulated a set of principles that I follow when working with React. I've learned them the hard way but you don't have to.
Tao of React is for beginners who want to advance further in their knowledge. The best time to read it is when you've grasped the fundamentals and are starting to build real applications.
This book isn't a React 101. It builds on top of the core concepts and helps you form the right principles. What exactly do you need to know? Basic state management, props, hooks and the component lifecycle.
If you've built an application following a tutorial and you're wandering how you can scale it - this is for you. If you started building a project and you were confused about structuring it - this is for you. If you're not sure how to organize your components and name them - this is for you.
Tao of React will help you go to from beginner to intermediate by helping you understand core principles about software design.
Each chapter contains a set of concise and simply put rules to follow as you build the next great application. You don't have to read them in a particular order. Dive in and learn what's most interesting to you.
High level concepts and decisions that make a codebase modular and extensible. You will learn how to structure a project, manage duplication and handle business logic.
Low level details are as important as high level ones. The component rules will teach you how to name, organise and design components
Development is never final. We'll learn principles about testing that will help us maintain quality and stability as our application grows and changes
It doesn't matter how good your product is if it's slow. We'll explore core performance principles to keep in mind as we develop the next big thing
Each rule is a concise, self-contained principle that teaches you how to build better React applications. They are straight to the point without unnecessary explanations and noise. Each rule is independent, you don't need to read them in a particular order. They are usually split in three logical parts:
Background about a design or architectural problem.
Examples of non-ideal solutions and anti-patterns.
A better way to solve that problem.
In January 2021 I published a long blog post which aimed to share my knowledge and experience with React. The feedback for it was incredible.
Many people reached out to me to tell me how much the points in it helped them. It was shared in React Status and the ui.dev newsletter. I was asked why it wasn't a complete e-book. Well, now it is - more than twice the size and with better examples.
Since the launch, I've sold more than 200 copies of Tao of React and it was #3 Product of the Day on Product Hunt.
You buy me lunch and I tell you everything I know about React.
Get the complete book. All 4 chapters, containing 70 principles, described in 113 pages. That's it.
I'm a software engineer by day, writer by night and Dungeons & Dragons enthusiast in between.
I've been building React apps since 2016. I lead a team at the Financial Times, building the UIs for their niche media products. Before that I wrote React for early stage startups and had a go at running my own. It helped me realise I care more about the craft than building a business.
My aim is to pass down what I've learned about architecture and software design through my books. Tao of React is the first in a series.
Why is it called Tao?
Tao is the absolute principle of the universe in Chinese philosophy. Tao of React is a collection of my foundational principles for building applications.
Will this book teach me React?
This isn't a book about the fundamentals of React. The best time to read it is when you are familiar with React and want to take your skills to the next level.
Does it cover libraries?
The focus on the book is on pure React. Popular libraries are mentioned in a few places but knowledge of them is not required to understand the book.
How opinionated is it?
It describes the way I build React applications so you can say it's opinionated, yes. It's a good starting point that you can break out of depending on your problem.
Can I get a discount?
I want this book to be accessible. If you can't afford it message me on Twitter or LinkedIn and we'll sort it out.
What if I don't like it?
No worries, I'll give you a full refund.