This may be an oversimplification, but React's main purpose is to provide developers a blueprint on how to structure your application's UI. The rest is up to the developer. This means finding and implementing your own tools for servers, routing, styles sheets, state management, etc. React doesn't hold any hands. This makes the learning curve very steep but also rewarding in the end. React is feisty but undemanding, friendly yet independent, And I've fallen in love.
I love React. It's late and I may just be sleepy but my time with React sort of feels I like the development of my relationship with my wife. Hear me out:
Here React is playing hard to get. It plays the game of forcing me to get know itself, without giving away too much. It wants me to succeed, but it's not sure what it needs and wants me to figure it out, sometimes telling me that whatever it is that I'm doing, I'm doing it wrong. It loves someone with persistence. So I start to tell others about my dilemma, get some answers and I come back with a plethora of tools to use to see if React can finally reciprocate my affection.
At this point we figured (configured?) each other out. I'm still learning things about React but I know what makes it tick, its pet peeves. We complete each as other as we continue to build towards something great. There are some hiccups but we get through them much faster and in a more mature way than if we were still "talking".
When React and I are confident in our relationship we'll start planning to produce a bundle.js of joy of our own. Yes, I know this bundle is technically created during development but that doesn't mean it's ready to be delivered. Let's say up until now it was still in gestation. There's no turning back once your app is released to the world. The job now is to take good care of this application, keep it healthy and safe. A parent's job is never done and in this stage, neither is a developer's. I haven't reached this stage with React just yet but it's something I'm looking forward to soon.
In all seriousness, so far React has been pretty dope. I've only been working with React for a few months but my excitement for it landed me an invitation to a development team as a co-founder of a potential startup. I still call myself a beginner and this is my first team so who knows how it will turn out. But I do know this will be a great learning experience. Exciting times!