As I also wanted to try React (same : heard a lot about it just as if I knew it, but never really wrote any line of code with it). My POC’s endgoal is to do an isomorphic app (server-side rendering, same code running on client and server), for the moment, I finished the client-side part.
Checkout the demo
Webpack takes your modules (and all their dependencies) then creates a bundle out of them. Since you can run multiple transformers, it will be able to handle ES6 modules, jsx, sass/scss … More infos on Webpack.
.jsx transpiling (turning ES6 to ES5) using Babel was the easy part. But I also wanted sass stylesheets, with sourceMaps support and not having to require them via js (but in a regular link tag). This part of the Webpack documentation lacks informations (I don’t even know if I did it right, though, it works – as well in dev as in build prod …).
Coding in ES6
I’ve been using Angular for a long time now. We all know its drawbacks … Some devs are even switching to React for its performances. This is why I was interested in the library (that and the server-side rendering part).
One of the good things in React is it forces you to think “Component” (not the first library to do that – a lot of them are converging towards this concept). You need to know where you’ll keep your state, which part of your app will be mutable, which one will be immutable.
I achieved my goal as I finished this part of my project : coding a POC in ES6, using React. You can see more of the steps on the github repository of topheman/react-es6. The next step will be to use this project to make some server-side rendering (since I used npm packages available for front and back such as superagent, I should be able to take the project “as is”).
You should try ES6, it’s fun to code with and we are seeing it more and more in libraries source code – why not in yours ?
PS : The backend of topheman/react-es6 is based on topheman-apis-proxy, a project I made to handle my public APIs. Check it out on github if you’re interested in. I hosted it on heroku, so the VM takes about 3s to warm up when it’s asleep …