Top 8 React Libraries You Should Know
Lately, React is high up on the ladder when it comes to popularity and developers satisfaction. Over 90% of developers would return to a React based project, which makes this library really stand out. The declarative manner and style it offers make development much faster and simpler experience. This popularity drives the community to build a strong ecosystem around React, which is a topic of this article.
It doesn't matter the position you have in your team, you want to keep up-to-date with the latest trends and news concerning your core technology. The ability to learn and adapt is quite important these days considering the pace the industry is going, lacking these qualities makes you less desirable by the companies.
Considering that you are reading this article, chances are you are in the front-end development. We will talk about the top 8 React libraries that every front-end developer should know about.
Material UI is a set of components based on React, that implements the Google Material Design. Nice combination. The amount of stars (~47000) on the GitHub repository makes this library one of the most popular UI libraries out there. A wide range of components are available, they are eye-catching and ready to use out of the box. Also, it provides a set of themes and templates enabling us to fully customize the appearance.
This is another React UI components library that you can use to implement material design. It's less popular (~9000 stars) than the Material UI library, but this doesn't mean it's not worth mentioning. It's built on top of CSS Modules, webpack, and ES6 thus being extremely flexible and making the integration process with the webpack workflow a breeze.
This is a light-weight solution for testing React components. It contains a set of APIs for working with them thus enabling you to write maintainable tests. The test written using this library will work with actual DOM nodes meaning that our tests will use the components in a similar manner as the user would. It has a fair amount of GitHub stars (~7000) making it less popular than Enzyme, but still worth mentioning.
Internationalization is a common problem in software development. Luckily, there are tools that aid us in achieving this goal. One of them that does this for React based applications is React Intl. The library was created by Yahoo and offers built-in components and an API to format numbers, dates, and strings, offering pluralization and translations.
Each of the library mentioned has strong functionality and unique features. A lot more libraries are out there but these are the ones standing out in my opinion. I don't have comments on my blog (yet :)) but you are more than welcome to ask questions and start a discussion with me on my twitter profile.
Thank you for reading and see you in the next post.
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