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How to Build Amazing User Interfaces With React

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How to Build Amazing User Interfaces With React

If you're looking for some great tools or libraries to use alongside React.js, read on for a discussion of great open source resources for building UIs.

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As you might already know, React has been developed by Facebook. It is an open source JavaScript library which can be used for creating amazing user interfaces. But what makes this library so great for UI development?

It allows developers to make very fast loading UIs and provides a great user experience for their end users. By using React, you can set different views for each component or the entire app, based on its state. React is great because its library changes only the necessary parts instead of reloading the entire app.

Here are some tools, components, and libraries that will help you create beautiful, user-friendly and fast-loading UIs.

Drag and Drop User-Friendly UI

When you want to create a drag-and-drop interface, you have to make sure to make it as user-friendly as possible. To achieve this, you have to be able to change how the user interface components look based on the ongoing events and changes made to their state.

This can be done with React DnD. By using various React components, you can easily create simple and complex, yet very functional UIs. You can use React DnD to create different drag-and-drop events. The look of every component can be changed according to its different states. This opens up numerous possibilities for developers to make user interfaces more interactive and engaging for users.

Customize Components With CSS

Every React component can have a different, custom-tailored style. This is important when developers have to meet complex design requirements in a limited time. In order to do so, you have to be able to use CSS.

To do this, you can to use styled-components. These will enable you to style your React components. This process is very intuitive and straightforward, as styled-components remove the mapping between styling and components.

Use Charts to Display Data

The visualization of data is very important. If you want to make data visualization appear beautiful and minimalistic, you can use Recharts. This is a composable charting library built on React components.

This charting library will help you build charts very quickly and easily. Since it uses SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) elements, the charts are mobile-friendly and will look beautiful on any device. Recharts supports building scatter, bar, pie and line charts in various forms.

Create Easy to Use and Lightning Fast Web Sites

You have probably already heard of state-based routing for apps. Instead of making a traditional website, you can make an entire website as a web app. All you need is a binding component which binds together different states of the React app.

If you want to do this, you definitely have to try using the UI-Router for the React ecosystem. The different states of your React app will be different web pages with their own content. UI-Router will allow the React app to change the browser’s URL address.

With the UI-router, you will be able to create beautiful websites that are intuitive and easy to navigate. On top of that, since the React library only changes the needed parts for each component to be displayed, website visitors will experience ultra-fast web page loading times.

Build Static Websites

If you’d like to build static websites by using React, you need to have something that will allow you to get data from different sources (a file system, API, database, CMS, SaaS services, and others). That little something you need is Gatsby.js.

Gatsby.js was introduced to the React community as a “blazing-fast static site generator for React.” And that’s exactly what it is. Since Gatsby has its own environment, make sure to take a look at some tips on how to create component pages before you start building your website by deploying Gatsby.js.

Build Bootstrap-Looking Websites

Is it possible to create a website with React that looks exactly like a Bootstrap one, but without all those piles of repetitive code? It soon will be. Developers are currently working on releasing the React-Bootstrap version 1.0.0.

This “new” framework will combine React and Bootstrap. Its library will contain reusable front-end components from both worlds. The React-Bootstrap library puts JavaScript in charge of page rendering. As the project is nearing completion, I personally can’t wait to see what this platform will offer to web developers.

Freely Use Google’s Material Design

If you have ever wondered how to get your hands on Google’s Material Design components in the React ecosystem, Material-UI is right up your alley. Every component ranging from App Bars and Auto Complete to Icons, Menus, and Dialog Boxes; everything is completely written in React and is at your disposal.

And, yeah, Material-UI developers made sure that none of the components lose any of the Material Design principles in the React environment.

I really hope that these tools, components, and libraries will help you become more efficient when creating beautiful and intuitive UIs. These tools will also enable you to develop lightning fast UIs without having to make any sacrifices to the UX.

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