SurviveJS — React
From apprentice to master

About the book

Facebook's React powers an increasing amount of sites. There is a good reason for this. It simplifies frontend development greatly.

Combined with webpack, a bundling tool, you have a powerful frontend development environment in your hands. The SurviveJS effort consists of two books that help you to adopt these technologies. They are available as a bundle.

React book cover

SurviveJS - React shows you how to build a simple Kanban. The idea is that if you can build a simple application, you can probably build something more complex after that. The first application is always the hardest.

In addition to fundamental React knowledge, you will pick up design techniques as you develop a kanban application step by step and learn to understand it in detail.

While implementing the Kanban step by step, you will pick up basic ideas of how to compose your application, how to manage data related concerns, how to style your application, how to implement drag and drop. Those are just few topics of the many covered.

Once you have completed the project, you will end up with something like this:

Kanban animation
Kanban animation

Even though the application looks simple, it's complex enough to illustrate potential problems such as reference handling.

The React book is based on a boilerplate. If you want to understand the techniques used in the boilerplate itself, check out the webpack book above.

Even if you know React well already, there might be handy ideas to pick up. The book effort started early 2015 and has seen steady releases since. Each release has improved the book somehow as the React ecosystem keeps on changing.

Getting the Book

The easiest way to get started with the material is to check out the free online edition. If you like it, purchase a digital copy of the book. The digital edition comes in three formats (epub/mobi/pdf) and makes you eligible for future updates.

There's a Gitter chat for support. You can check out the project at GitHub as well.

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About the Author

Juho Vepsäläinen Juho Vepsäläinen is behind the SurviveJS effort. He has been active in the open source scene since the early 2000s and participated in projects like Blender and webpack as a core team member.

Juho lives in Rautalampi, Finland, and was chosen as the Finnish Code Ambassador of 2017 by Blue Arrow Awards. He is the director of React Finland.

Getting the Books

Even though all the books are freely available on the web, it can be convenient to purchase the digital copies. To make this simple, I've created a specific bundle containing all the books for a discounted price.

Buy all books in a Leanpub bundle


I offer training around the content. See the training page for more details.


The React book is also available in Spanish.

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