Top React.js Tools for Developers
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React continues to grow in popularity by almost 150% from 2017 to 2018. This isn’t really surprising. React offers a huge ecosystem of tools, component libraries, IDEs, extensions for code editors and web browsers, boilerplates, and more created by third-party developers. In this article, we have collected the best tools and resources for React developers.
The first dedicated IDE for React web application development, Reactide is a cross-platform tool that offers the first visual editing solution for the most powerful visual UI engine. Reactide runs an integrated Node server and custom browser simulator. This eliminates the need to configure servers, build-tools. It provides module reloading right out of the box.
Developers can identify and map relevant components and edit. This makes projects build-tool agnostic, allowing only necessary dependencies to be added later as projects evolve as opposed to making decisions even before the coding has begun.
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React Sight is an easy-to-use Chrome extension. It works and supports several popular libraries, such as React 14.7+, React Router v4, React-Redux. Built-in filters allow users to hide elements, allowing them focus on individual components. Its visualization tool provides you with the visual representation of the structure of your React app.
A collection of React components, React Toolbox is built on the fundamentals of Google’s Material Design. It's easily customizable and flexible. The library seamlessly integrates with a Webpack workflow.
React Belle provides users with a set of components — Toggle, ComboBox, Rating, TextInput, Button, Card, Select, etc. — that are optimized to work both on mobile and desktop devices. The styles are highly customizable, and you can configure the base styles of all the components as well as modify each one of them individually.
It is a visual design tool that allows users to create React components and app flows and customize components with advanced property UIs and dynamic previews in the editing canvas. React Studio is a tool if you are a designer who wants to build React apps without any coding knowledge. With built-in drawing tools, a mobile viewer, React Studio allows to import your files from Sketch.
Storybook is an open-source tool for developing UI components for React, Vue, and Angular. It makes building stunning UIs organized and efficient. It lets you develop and test React components. Storybook can view several states of each component and develop it in isolation from your app. This entire process results in a higher score on usability, hard-to-reach states, and edge cases.
Facebook released React Developer Tool as a Firefox extension. React Developer Tools allows inspecting a React tree, which includes several aspects such as the component hierarchy, props, state, and more. Upon installation, you can get access to the React tools within your Firefox Developer Tools in the new “React” tab.
CodeSandbox is an online editor and live playground to build robust web applications, from different stages right from prototype to deployment. The tool enables developers to start building React apps in browsers within a sandbox made available by a single URL. CodeSandbox is not only for React, but also for online editors for Angular, Vue, and Preact.
If you are an Atom user, you can take your React development to the next level by using the Atom React Plugin. It adds a JSX syntax highlighter, automatic indentation, and code folding to your Atom editor to help you write React code faster and with fewer mistakes. It also includes React code snippets and an HTML to JSX converter with which you can port your old HTML files to JSX.
Semantic UI React is an extremely popular frontend framework that lets you build responsive and user-friendly layouts. An official React integration tool, Semantic UI React is used by large companies like Amazon and Microsoft. It’s jQuery-free and comes with a declarative API, sub-components, and other awesome features.
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