React was open sourced two weeks ago and it’s time for a little round-up of what has been going on.
Khan Academy Question Editor
It looks like Sophie Alpert is the first person outside of Facebook and Instagram to push React code to production. We are very grateful for her contributions in form of pull requests, bug reports and presence on IRC (#reactjs on Freenode). Sophie wrote about her experience using React:
I just rewrote a 2000-line project in React and have now made a handful of pull requests to React. Everything about React I’ve seen so far seems really well thought-out and I’m proud to be the first non-FB/IG production user of React.
The project that I rewrote in React (and am continuing to improve) is the Khan Academy question editor which content creators can use to enter questions and hints that will be presented to students:
Pimp my Backbone.View (by replacing it with React)
Paul Seiffert wrote a blog post that explains how to integrate React into Backbone applications.
As in most MVC implementations (although React is probably just a VC implementation), a view is one portion of the screen that is managed by a controlling object. This object is responsible for deciding when to re-render the view and how to react to user input. With React, these view-controllers objects are called components. A component knows how to render its view and how to handle to the user’s interaction with it.
The interesting thing is that React is figuring out by itself when to re-render a view and how to do this in the most efficient way.
Using facebook’s React with require.js
Mario Mueller wrote a menu component in React and was able to easily integrate it with require.js, EventEmitter2 and bower.
Origins of React
React was born out of frustrations with the common pattern of writing two-way data bindings in complex MVC apps. React is an implementation of one-way data bindings.