Arkency React.js resources

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Arkency React.js resources

It has been some time (almost 2 years?) since we started using React.js at Arkency. It quickly propagated to all of our projects. Along the way, we’ve been blogging a lot about what we learnt.

So far we’ve released:

  • 28 blogposts
  • 5 open repositories
  • React.js koans
  • 7 YT videos
  • 2 books (with repos)
  • dozens of emails to our React Kung Fu mailing list

This blogpost is an attempt to put all the resources in one place.


React.js koans

React.js koans

YouTube videos



Rails meets React.js

The book will teach you:

  • How to install and configure React.js in your Rails project.
  • Working with dynamic React based forms.
  • How to transform your view to React-managed components.
  • What you can use React.js for in your projects and how.
  • Detailed knowledge about how to use it and best practices to work with React.js, with examples.
  • How to test React components.
  • You will also get Ruby and CoffeeScript code for the examples.
  • And it begins with a tutorial so that you start with practical skills.

Animations with React.js is such a great topic that we decided to record and include 2 videos on this topic.

Buy Rails meets React.js

React.js by example

We love working with React.js so much, that we also published another book on this topic - “React.js by Example”.

This book doesn’t focus on the Rails integration. We wanted to share with you how to setup a separated (from Rails) React.js-based frontend.

This book is directed to people who are total React.js newbies. There are 12 typical examples implemented in React.js. Each of the examples is another chapter. Each example contains a narration on how one of us (from Arkency) approaches the development of a React.js component.

What’s more - you receive all the repositories for this book! You can browse the code, you can run the examples, you can tweak them.

After reading this book, you will be fully ready to approach a typical React.js component.

The examples are written in EcmaScript2015 and use webpack.

Buy React.js by Example

Which of our React.js books to choose?

Those books are very different. They teach you React.js in different ways. While the “Rails meets React.js” book is more Rails focused, it focuses on developing one component from a small one to a very complex widget.

The “React.js by Example” is focused on the starting point. It shows 12 examples, which are typical things you will start with.

Many of our readers bought both of the books and are happy with that.

If you need to choose just one - if you want to use React.js within an existing Rails ecosystem, then go for “Rails meets React.js”. If you are allowed to develop the frontend separately to Rails, then choose “React.js by Example”.

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