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ReactJS Roadmap 🗺 For Developers 💻

The React JS or React is an open-source, front end, JavaScript library for building user interfaces or UI components. It is maintained by Facebook and a community of individual developers and companies. It has grown as one of the best libraries in recent years for component-based GUI development.

Although, there are other front-end frameworks like Angular and Vue.js available, what sets React apart from others is, it just focuses on component-based GUI development and doesn’t invade other areas.


Roadmap to becoming a React developer:

Below is the chart demonstrating the paths that you can take and the libraries that you would want to learn to become a React developer. This chart is made by Adam Gołąb.

Note: This roadmap will give you an idea about the landscape and guide you if you are confused about where to begin or what to learn next. In the end, it depends on your experience as you will grow some understanding of why one tool is better suited for some cases than the other one. It is not necessary that handy and trendy one is always perfect. So, go through the map and start developing.


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by Adam Gołąb


1. Basics: HTML, CSS & JS

i. HTML: First pillar & the most important skill for web developers as it provides the structure for a web page.

  • Learn the basics of HTML
  • Make a few pages as an exercise

You can check Tutorial For HTML.

ii. CSS: Second pillar of web development and used to style web pages so that they look good.

  • Learn the basics of CSS Style pages from the previous step
  • Build a page with grid and flexbox

You can check Tutorial For CSS.

iii. JS Basics: Third pillar of web development and used to make your web pages interactive.

  • Get familiar with the syntax Learn basic operations on DOM
  • Learn mechanisms typical for JS (Hoisting, Event Bubbling, Prototyping)
  • Make some AJAX (XHR) calls Learn new features (ECMA Script 6+)
  • Additionally, get familiar with the jQuery library

You can check tutorials for JavaScript

2. General Development Skills

  • Learn GIT, create a few repositories on GitHub, share your code with other people
  • Know HTTP(S) protocol, request methods (GET, POST, PUT, PATCH, DELETE, OPTIONS)
  • Don't be afraid of using Google, Power Searching with Google
  • Get familiar with the terminal, configure your shell (bash, zsh, fish)
  • Read a few books about algorithms and data structures
  • Read a few books about design patterns

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3. Learn React on the official website of ReactJS or complete some courses

4. Get familiar with the tools that you will be using.

To become a React developer, you should spend some time on learning tools that you will use as a web developer like built tools, unit testing tools, debugging tools, etc.

Here are some of the build tools:

i. Package Managers


ii. Task Runners

-npm scripts

5. Styling

i. CSS Preprocessor

A CSS preprocessor is a program that lets you generate CSS from the preprocessor's own unique syntax. preprocessors can make CSS code more organized.


ii. CSS Frameworks

CSS framework is a code library that abstracts common web designs and makes the designs easier for a developer to implement in their web apps. In simple terms, a CSS framework is a collection of CSS style-sheets that are prepped and ready to use.

-Materialize, Material UI, Material Design Lite
-Semantic UI

You can check this comprehensive guide on Best CSS Frameworks In 2020 for detailed info.

iii. CSS Architecture

-CSS Modules

iv. CSS in JS

-Styled Components

6. State Management

i. Component State/Context API

ii. Redux

a. Async actions (Side Effects)
-Redux Thunk
-Redux Better Promise
-Redux Saga
-Redux Observable

b. Helpers

c. Data persistence
-Redux Persist
-Redux Phoenix

d. Redux Form

iii. MobX

iv. Recoil

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7. Type Checkers

8. Form Helpers

9. Routing

Components are the main part of React's powerful, responsive programming model, and Routing components are an essential part of any application.

10. API Clients

You can create something which communicates with other application using APIs like REST and GraphQL.


ii. GraphQL

11. Utility Libraries

Makes your work easier.

12. ReactJS UI libraries and frameworks:

The following are some of the best ReactJS UI libraries and frameworks.

For more detailes visit ReactJS UI Frameworks

13. Testing

It is a vital skill for React Developers.

i. Unit Testing

-React testing library

ii. End to End Testing


iii. Integration Testing


14. Internationalization

Both these library offers, React components, and an API to format dates, strings, and numbers, including handling translations and pluralization.

15. Server Side Rendering

React components are rendered on the server, and the output HTML content is delivered to the client or browser.

16. Static Site Generator

You can use Gatsby to create a personalized, logged-in experiences website. They combine your data with JavaScript and create well-formed HTML content.

For more details about SSG check out our detailed guide on Best Static Site Generator

17. Backend Framework Integration

It integrates Rails with (server rendering of) Facebook's React front-end framework. It provides Server rendering, which is often used for SEO crawler indexing and UX performance, and not offered by rails/webpacker.

18. Mobile

The standard way to develop a mobile application in JavaScript with native look and feel.

19. Desktop

Allows you to build native UWP and WPF apps with React.

20. Virtual Reality

  • React 360: Allows you to be exciting 360 and VR experiences using React.

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If you think the roadmap can be improved, please do open a PR with any updates and submit any issues on the original git repo, Adam Golab's React-developer-roadmap.

That's all about The ReactJS RoadMap For Developers. It's very comprehensive for sure, but there is a good chance that many of you may already know most of the stuff. Even if you don't know, no need to be confused or overwhelmed by this roadmap; you can start small and then follow along.

Apart from this, there is an article on the best ReactJS UI Frameworks and component libraries which will be helpful, too.

There are many ways to becoming a React Developer and if you already know React, you can surely find some more tools and technologies to add to your kitty and become even a better React Developer in 2022.
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Top comments (37)

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Jacek Dunikowski • Edited

Very nice content, thank u.

But are u sure moment.js should be listed here?
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Another common argument against using Moment in modern applications is its size. Moment doesn't work well with modern "tree shaking" algorithms, so it tends to increase the size of web application bundles. If one needs internationalization or time zone support, Moment can get quite large. Modern web browsers (and Node.js) expose internationalization and time zone support via the Intl object, codified as ECMA-402. Libraries like Luxon (and others) take advantage of this, reducing or removing the need to ship your own data files.

Alternative with same API:
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Agree...!! 👍Thank you very much for your appreciation and feedback. We are adding Day.js 🙂

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Rowe Morehouse

@themeselection ⇨ What did you use to create the roadmap / diagram?

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It is created by Adam Gołąb. We have mentioned his Github repo. He has made this map using

thewdhanat profile image

I think React Testing Library is taking over Enzyme. You might also consider mentioning Jamstack.

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thewdhanat profile image

Thanks for the updates. However, Jamstack is not a testing framework. It is an architecture design. It might be in “2. General development skills”

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Thanks for informing us, That's by mistake. We've added Jamstack in Static Site Generator.

pra3t0r5 profile image

I've been learning and developing a large project in React the las two and-a-half months and man, the satisfaction that i felt reading this!

Althrought I consider most Javascript-based environments quite captivating to develop with, they have this tendency to make you wonder a lot if you are implementing things the best way. That's because every problem has already from dozens to thousands of solutions (some very distinct, many others very similar).

That begin said, i've been following almost the same path by mostly gut feeling. The only difference is that i started learning the whole framework by using React Native.


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Stephen Whitmore • Edited

@kragon741 this is right up your alley

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Matthew Kohn

Already bookmarked and in progress! Thanks. I have so much to learn, and I love it.

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Gareth Brown

Great road map! It might be worth mentioning Recoil as an up and comer for state management.

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Benjamin Faught

Frontity. Server Side Rendered -> React for Wordpress - Framework

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I am very impressed on this! Very simple and kind guide for me!

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Nikhil Chandra Roy

everything you added there will be missing and updating day after day, so keep learning and finding new source to figure out more, thanks for this post man.

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JivkoJelev91 • Edited

What about StoryBook ? I think he is great for documentation.

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Alexander Dobriakov

Thank you for a great overview!
What about Authentication and Authorisation flows and tools/services for ReactJS?

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Andrew Baisden

Great roadmap lots of information to read here.

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Really nice post, congrats!

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what does gray mean, versus yellow in the diagram?

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