React Realms: Crafting Modern Web Magic

React application development: The ITTO:
{ITTO : Inputs, Tools, Techniques, Outputs}: Tools, Libraries, Platform
React.js is a popular JavaScript library used for building user interfaces.
Start your project by doing npm -i react
It was developed by Facebook and released in 2013.
Key points of REACT:
React.js uses a virtual DOM to update the real DOM, making rendering more efficient.
The JSX components allow reusable code, making it easier to organize and develop complex UIs. React.js is also used for creating single-page applications and server-rendered applications.
It is widely used in the industry and has a large community of developers contributing to its development.
React Components: At the heart of every React application are React components. These are the building blocks of a React application, allowing you to create complex user interfaces from small, isolated pieces of code, or "components". Components can be either function components or class components
Reusable Components: React's primary benefit is the ability to create reusable components, which accelerates the development process
. This feature reduces the amount of code required and increases code reusability, making development more efficient
Virtual DOM: React implements a virtual DOM, which offers performance gains as the entire page does not need to reload when changes are made. This enhances the performance of apps
JSX: {Function or Object} React uses an HTML-in-JavaScript syntax called JSX (JavaScript and XML). Familiarity with both HTML and JavaScript will help you to learn JSX
State and Lifecycle Methods: In React, components describe any composable behavior, and this includes rendering, lifecycle, and state. Both local state and lifecycle methods are integral parts of what makes React useful
React Ecosystem: React comes with a rich ecosystem of libraries and tools, enhancing the developer experience. Key tools include React Router for handling routing, Redux for managing application state, and Webpack for bundling JavaScript code into a single file: We use this to make a deployable bundle to host on a server for clients to access our product.
Testing: Testing is a critical part of the development process. Ensuring the robustness of your React application can be achieved with various testing libraries and frameworks
One-Way Data Flow: React uses one-way data flow, passing data down the component hierarchy from parent to child component
Core Skills: React developers need core skills including HTML/CSS, JSX, JavaScript and Node and NPM application development skills fundamentals and ES6, Git, and others
Community Support: ReactJS is supported by a large community, which can be a great resource for solving problems and learning best practices
Remember, understanding how to build, test, and deploy a React application is a solid investment for any aspiring or experienced web developer

Building on the Halloween-themed React app from yesterday, let's focus on deepening the students' understanding of React components.

Here's a lesson plan for November 1:

The working code for Scary Halloween and Candy Counter is available here:
The working react code for Scary Halloween and Candy Counter is available here: ​

Lesson Plan: React Components Deep Dive

Introduction (10 minutes)

Recap: Briefly review the Halloween Candy Counter app from yesterday. ​
Components Overview: Emphasize the importance of components in React.
Highlight the difference between function components and class components, though note that function components (especially with hooks) are more common in modern React development.

Lab Drills:

1. Candy Details Component (30 minutes)
Create a new component that, when a candy in the list is clicked, shows more details about that candy.
Create a new file CandyDetails.js.
In this component, display an image of the candy, its name, and a fun fact about it.
Import and use this component in App.js. When a candy in the list is clicked, the details should appear below the list.
Bonus: Add a close button in the CandyDetails component to hide the details.
2. Candy Filter Component (30 minutes)
Objective: Create a filter component that allows users to filter the list of candies they've collected based on the candy name.
Create a new file CandyFilter.js.
This component should have an input field where users can type to filter candies.
As the user types, the list of candies in App.js should update to only show candies that match the filter.
Import and use this component above the candy list in App.js.
3. Convert Function Component to Class Component (30 minutes)
Objective: Understand the differences and similarities between function and class components by converting the CandyDetails component to a class component.
Convert the CandyDetails function component to a class component.
Ensure that the component still functions as expected after the conversion.
Discuss the differences in syntax, lifecycle methods, and state management between the two types of components.

Conclusion (10 minutes)

Review: Go over the main points of the lesson, emphasizing the flexibility and reusability of React components.
Q&A: Allow students to ask questions or clarify doubts.
Homework/Challenge: Encourage students to add more features to the Halloween Candy Counter app, such as sorting candies, adding animations, or integrating with an API to fetch candy details.

Key Takeaways:

React components are the building blocks of React applications.
Components can be reused across different parts of an application, promoting DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself) principles.
There are two main types of components: function components and class components. While function components are more common in modern React, it's essential to understand class components, especially when working with older codebases.
By the end of this lesson, students should feel more comfortable creating, using, and understanding React components, both function and class-based.

Solution Code:

Let's create a React project from scratch in Visual Studio Code (VS Code) and implement the first lab drill: Candy Details Component.

Step 1: Setting up the Project in Visual Studio Code

Install Node.js: If you haven't already, install . This will also install npm, which is the package manager we'll use.
Install Visual Studio Code: Download and install .
Open VS Code:
Launch VS Code.
Open a new terminal in VS Code by going to the top menu -> Terminal -> New Terminal.
Create a New React App:
In the terminal, type:
npx create-react-app halloween-candy-counter
Navigate to Your App:
cd halloween-candy-counter
Install Required Libraries
npm install styled-components

Step 2: Implementing the Candy Details Component

Replace the contents of src/App.js with:
import React, { useState } from 'react';
import styled from 'styled-components';
import CandyDetails from './CandyDetails';

const candies = [
{ name: 'Snickers', funFact: 'Snickers is named after a horse!', img: 'path_to_snickers_image.jpg' },
{ name: 'Kit Kat', funFact: 'Kit Kat is known as "Kitto Katsu" in Japan, which means "surely win".', img: 'path_to_kitkat_image.jpg' },
// ... Add more candies with fun facts and image paths

const AppContainer = styled.div`
background-color: black;
color: white;
height: 100vh;
display: flex;
flex-direction: column;
align-items: center;
justify-content: center;
background-image: url('path_to_spooky_background.jpg'); // Replace with your spooky background
background-size: cover;

const CandyList = styled.ul`
list-style-type: none;
padding: 0;

const CandyItem =`
margin: 5px 0;
cursor: pointer;

function App() {
const [selectedCandy, setSelectedCandy] = useState(null);

const handleCandyClick = (candy) => {

return (
<h1>Halloween Candy Counter</h1>
{ => (
<CandyItem key={} onClick={() => handleCandyClick(candy)}>
{selectedCandy && <CandyDetails candy={selectedCandy} onClose={() => setSelectedCandy(null)} />}
export default App;

Create a new file in the src directory named CandyDetails.js and add:

import React from 'react';
import styled from 'styled-components';

const DetailsContainer = styled.div`
border: 2px solid white;
padding: 20px;
margin-top: 20px;
width: 300px;
position: relative;

const CloseButton = styled.button`
position: absolute;
top: 5px;
right: 5px;
background: red;
border: none;
border-radius: 50%;
width: 20px;
height: 20px;
color: white;
font-weight: bold;
cursor: pointer;

const CandyImage = styled.img`
width: 100%;
margin-bottom: 10px;

function CandyDetails({ candy, onClose }) {
return (
<CloseButton onClick={onClose}>X</CloseButton>
<CandyImage src={candy.img} alt={} />
export default CandyDetails;

Update Data Array Images: Place your candy images in the public directory and update the paths in the candies array in App.js accordingly.

Step 3: Running the App

In the terminal (within VS Code), type:
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npm start

This will start the development server, and your app should open in a new browser window. If not, navigate to http://localhost:3000 in your browser.
Click on any candy name in the list, and you should see its details appear below, including an image and a fun fact. Clicking the red "X" button should close the details.
That's it! You've successfully set up a React project in VS Code and implemented the Candy Details Component.

Let's break down the line import React, { useState } from 'react'; and explain its significance in the context of a React application.

Lecture: Understanding import React, { useState } from 'react';

1. Introduction to ES6 Modules:

Before diving into the specifics of the line, it's essential to understand the concept of ES6 modules.
In modern JavaScript, the ES6 module system allows developers to split their code into smaller, reusable pieces called modules (each living in its own file).
These modules can export functions, objects, or values which can then be imported and used in other modules (files).
The import and export statements are the backbone of this module system.

2. The import Statement:

The import statement is used to bring in exports from another module into the current module.
The syntax can vary depending on what you're trying to import.
In our line, import React, { useState } from 'react';, we are importing from the 'react' module, which is a package installed in the project (typically via npm or yarn).

3. Importing the React Object:

The React object is the main entry point to the React library.
When you see import React from 'react';, it means we're importing the default export from the 'react' module.

Why do we need it?
Historically, every JSX element is compiled down to a React.createElement call.
So, if you had JSX in your component, you needed to import the React object for the code to work.
However, with the introduction of the new JSX Transform in React 17, importing the React object for JSX is no longer necessary.
Still, many codebases and developers continue to import it out of habit or for compatibility with older versions.

4. Importing the useState Hook:

Within the curly braces { useState }, we're importing a named export.
Unlike default exports where you can name the import whatever you like, named exports need to be imported with the exact name they were exported with.
useState is one of the built-in hooks provided by React.
Hooks are functions that let developers "hook into" React state and lifecycle features from function components.
What does useState do?
useState is a hook that allows you to add state management to a function component.
Before hooks, if you wanted to have state in your component, you would need to use a class component.
But with the introduction of hooks in React 16.8, function components can be stateful.
The useState hook returns a pair: the current state value and a function that lets you update it.
Here's a basic example:
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const [count, setCount] = useState(0);

In this example:
count is a state variable that will hold the current value. Its initial value is 0.
setCount is a function that you can use to update the count value.

5. The Effect on the App:

By importing React and useState, you're setting the foundation for creating a modern React function component that can utilize JSX and manage its own state. This means you can define UI elements using the JSX syntax and have them be dynamic based on the component's state, leading to interactive and responsive applications.

6. Conclusion:

The line import React, { useState } from 'react'; is a testament to the evolution of React. It showcases the move from class components to more concise function components, the introduction of hooks for state and side effects, and the power of the ES6 module system in organizing and structuring code. As a developer, understanding each piece of this import helps in grasping the broader React ecosystem and the design patterns that have emerged over time.

Let's dive into the concept of State Hooks in React, specifically focusing on the useState hook, and how it's being utilized in the provided React app.

State Hooks in React

1. Introduction to State in React:

In React, "state" refers to any data that determines the output of your components and can change over time. State is mutable, and when state changes, React re-renders the component to reflect those changes in the UI.
Before hooks were introduced, state was primarily managed within class components using this.state and this.setState(). However, with the introduction of the Hooks API in React 16.8, function components can now manage their own state using the useState hook.

2. What is the useState Hook?

useState is a function (a hook) provided by React that allows you to add state to your function components. It's called a "hook" because it allows you to "hook into" React features from function components.
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