The course turned out to exceed all my expectations. What started as an attempt to write a sole ebook about state management in React with Redux and MobX, turned out into a full blown course with a 250-page ebook, exciting applications and boilerplate projects to get started in learning and building applications with these libraries, and screencast series about implementing React applications from scratch with state management.
State management is difficult. A view library, such as React, enables you to manage local component state. But it only scales to a certain point. React is just a view layer library. Eventually you decide to move on to a more sophisticated state management solution such as Redux. Yet there are certain things, that I want to point out in this article, that you should know about React before you jump on the Redux train.
Everyone wants to have state management in an application. But what problem does it solve for us? Most people start with a small application and already introduce a state management library. Everyone is speaking about it, aren't they? But most applications don't need ambitious state management from the beginning. It is even more dangerous, because most people are never going to experience which problems libraries like Redux or MobX solve.
I am doing React + Redux for quite some time now. My learnings are subjective, but I thought they may help people to learn or advance in React + Redux. Redux is not strictly coupled to React, but it happens to be that a lot of people are using both libraries in combination. The article is opinionated, maybe it doesn't match every time your thoughts, but I hope to get feedback on it to improve myself as well.
In a rapid development environment it happens quite often: There is no time to plan state structure ahead. There is no time to refactor in favour of abstractions. There is no place to refactor, because you have multiple teams working on feature folders, where every team is relieved to have their owned place. Redux state keys solve that problem. They enable a dynamically allocated yet predictable substate.
The tutorial will show you how to use Observables in Redux. Moreover it will give you an entry point into Reactive Programming. Keep in mind that it will only scratch the surface, but maybe afterwards you get the idea and want to give it a shot in some of your projects as well.
The MobX React: Refactor your application from Redux to MobX tutorial will teach you how to use MobX instead of Redux for state management in React. We will come from a Redux + React seed project and refactor it from Redux to MobX. While we do so, I will explain in detail the concepts behind MobX and the similarities and differences compared to Redux.
The Normalizr in Redux tutorial will teach you how to use normalizr for an improved data management in your Redux store. The library itself will help you to avoid deep nested data structures although the returned data from a server is deeply nested. Additionally it comes for free to enable a manageable single source of truth for data entities in your global store.
The Redux Ducks: Restructure your Redux App with Ducks tutorial will teach you how to bundle action creators, action types and reducers side by side in your Redux app. Usually in the beginning of learning Redux you have a technical separation of concerns which gets reflected in the folder structure. Basically there is one folder for your actions and one folder for your reducers. Additionally you collect all action types at one place that they can be reused by reducers and actions.