When it comes to picking the right tool and IDE for your React project, there are various options available in the market. Picking the right one? Well, it’s easier said than done.
To help you out, we have covered a list of the top 10 React JS tools that you can use in your new React project to build attractive components. So, without any further ado, let’s get started.
TOP REACTJS TOOLS FOR DEVELOPERS
To install node.js (and npm along with it), use the following command:
$ sudo dnf install nodejs
To install on Ubuntu or Debian, use the following command:
$ sudo apt install nodejs npm
If your distribution does not have npm in its repository, you can visit Nodejs.org to find out how to install it.
Create React App
Perhaps, Create React App is the fastest way to start developing a reach project (with modern features). What could get easier than npx create-react-app ?
It is created by Facebook for setting up a development environment for a new React project with single commands. Developers can use the following commands to set up and run a new react app:
npm init react-app my-app
Just these simple commands, you are good to go!
Do you wish to see your React app in a flow chart structure? React Sight can help you. It is amongst the best react development tools loved by developers across the world.
Developers use it to visualize their apps with a live component hierarchy tree structure. It is a lightweight and unconstructive platform to build apps. Moreover, it works perfectly well with all libraries such as redux, react-router, and react fiber. When you hover on the nodes, you will also get links to the components, which will lead you to the tree.
A notable feature about this tool is that there is no setup required, and it enhances the development speed.
React Belle is another amazing tool that every React developer must try. It is a configurable React component library packed with useful features such as Toggle, Rating, DatePicker, Button, Card, Select, and others.
These components also have customizable styles and offer support to the ARIA accessibility standards. Above all, they look good even on mobile devices. If you don’t wish to configure your own styles, you can also use the pre-designed themes – Belle and Bootstrap 3.
Reactide is a dedicated IDE for React Development. This cross-platform tool allows you to render React components without any build or server configuration.
Moreover, you can also use it to create state flow visualizations. When you are working on a React project, you can track all the changes without having to jump from the browser and IDE. If you integrate it with the Create React App integration, Reactive makes boilerplate configuration faster.
In addition to that, the dynamic visual component tree in the Reactide IDE provides up-to-date information about the props and state. That means you are always aware of what’s going on in your project.
Bit emerged as a much-needed collaborative platform for the React developers. This tool lets the teams work together on individual components.
In other words, it is a command-line utility that allows us to write reusable code. It is completely open-source, and that’s why developers love it!
A majority of its features are aimed at building atomic components so that they can be easily shared with others. Developers can even validate whether a component has any dependency or not by testing it separately from the project.
React was created with the objective of helping developers write UI in a very intuitive manner. Therefore, we have the concept of components. But when you have to write code in order to create a visual component, there is a constant jumping from code to browser and back to code.
With the help of Storybook (an open-source) tool, developers can create their own UI components. Its UI editor lets you develop, inspect, and showcase creations in an interactive manner.
To install Storybook in your existing Reach project, just use the following command:
$ npx -p @storybook/cli sb init
After installing, launch the tool with this command:
$ npm runStorybook
Have fun with your creations!
Bootstrap is the most popular front-end framework used by developers across the world. If you belong to the native HTML background, you must have definitely used it a lot. Moreover, Bootstrap was rebuilt to React, amazing, isn’t?
React Bootstrap is a complete re-implementation of the Bootstrap components using React. Above all, there is no dependency on either bootstrap.js or jQuery.
You can also use it to pass state, props, and more. To install this package, run the following command:
npm install react-bootstrap bootstrap
Immer is a strongly-typed tool and is extremely useful when your state object has a type. It also allows you to use JS data structures and also reduces the boilerplate code. To install this open-source tool, simply use the following command:
$ npm install immer
You can access its source code in this GitHub repo. Use it to write less (and more concise) code.
If you are not much into coding and prefer visual designs more, then React Proto is meant for you. You can use this tool to prototype UIs with simple drag and drop – without having to write a code!
But that does not mean you are creating a full UI without having to code at all. You can just prototype the components you need. To begin with, you have an image, and you mark all the potential components, give them names, props, and a hierarchy. After you finish doing this, you can export them into actual auto-generated code which is customizable.
Want to see the magic of the React JS framework? Here are some of the examples of React native apps you can check out to get inspiration for your next react project.
These are some of the best tools that you can pick up for React development. I hope you find these tools helpful and interesting to add to your toolkit. But as said earlier, there are various options available in the market. You need to pick a tool based on your project’s requirement and your proficiency with that tool. Hiring an experienced ReactJS Development Company can be a good idea if you are not too familiar with this framework.
James Grills is currently associated with Cumulations Technologies, a React Native Development company. He is a technical writer with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in mobile application development and IoT technology.