- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (May 18, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1491954620
- ISBN-13: 978-1491954621
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Alex Banks is a software engineer, instructor, and cofounder of Moon Highway, a curriculum development company in Northern California. As a software consultant, he has developed applications for the Chicago Marathon, MSN, and the Department of Energy. Alex also assisted in the development of the continuous delivery curriculum that is delivered to every Yahoo new hire. In addition, he's authored several classes for Lynda.com.
Eve Porcello is a software architect and cofounder of Moon Highway, a curriculum development company in Northern California. Prior to Moon Highway, Eve worked on software projects for 1-800-Dentist and Microsoft. She is an active corporate trainer, speaker, and author on Lynda.com.
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What it lacks is organization for someone who wants to type along, to be more interactive with the book. You can download the samples, but they are complete. Finished. There's no way to get the content assumed at the beginning of the chapter and then type along as the chapter progresses.
Further, the names and locations of the files are missing. To open and editor and start typing along, you have to guess where to place the file and what to call it. Or look at the already completed downloads.
Maybe I'm the only person in the world who learns by typing.
The layout and progression are terrible. Not everyone is going to get a lot out of this book, but if you already have a decent understanding of programming you will probably get more out of it than someone just starting out. After all, you've most likely run into this many times before.
The code is broken up across multiple pages between multiple paragraphs, and sometimes it feels like someone switched gears in the middle and another gear before you reach the end. Unfortunately that makes most of the examples a tad hard to follow. Give the concept then show the code or even the other way around, but please don't break it in to pieces and put it all over the place.
I do learn a little each time I go through some of the chapters, but really most of the time it's more like gleaning some understanding after I've learned the concept myself or from another source.
I bought this because others recommended it, I will too, you will learn a bit. Hope there is an update soon, react is changing fast.
This book filled in a lot of what Wes went over so fast.
Then I took Wes Bos Redux class and I finally understood why you would use React with Redux.
So it's been a valuable part of getting up to speed with React and Redux
Author does take trouble to lead up to examples that build on prior concepts by showing preliminary examples first. Emphasis on "functional" approach was new to me and I think explained well.
For some tasks though the preliminary steps are left out, such as on page 99 where for "npm install" it is not mentioned that it matters which directory you are in before running that command. Some typos: pg 45 "change arrays into objects" by context there clearly meant "change objects into arrays", pg. 48 "on callback" seems to have meant "one callback".
Only opinion that seemed dubious to me was pg. 50 suggestion that "Recursion should be used" whenever possible over counters, loops, ....as it is fun and can do so, where the software permits. Recursion seems to me the best way to do some things sometimes, but also seem to me inherently less efficient for simple count or loop operations if you look at the background work required to support recursive calls versus the simplicity of count operations (IMHO).
It did explain Redux well enough that I was able to use it for a work related problem. That alone made it worth it for me.
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I love the way he devotes a considerable part of the book introducing the reader to foundational ideas that most people miss that later on make...Read more
Needs more than a little proofreading/editing. It feels and reads more like a draft than a finished book.Read more