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What Is React?

React is a JavaScript library for building web applications. It makes no assumptions about your technology stack, which means it’s great for working on “headless apps”.

React also is very popular among developers for various reasons such as its flexibility and easy learning curve. 

That being said, it’s much easier to find a React developer however that doesn’t mean that all React developers are rockstars. 

Because React is such a flexible library to use, it’s easy to build a react app that doesn’t adhere to strong architectural principles. 

The easy learning curve of React means that anyone can learn it along with JavaScript and call themselves a developer while disregarding tried and traditional computer science concepts. 

What Is a React Developer?

A React developer is simply a frontend developer that has extensive experience using React and React Native.

They are able to apply their knowledge of JavaScript to create user interfaces that delight users. 

Full-Stack React developers are also proficient with using MongoDB, Express, and Node.js if they have spent time learning the MERN stack.

Not all businesses use the MERN stack, but many developers learn this popular tech stack as a right of passage. 

Beyond their initial exposure to these other technologies, their experience will be largely determined by the companies they have worked with.

Why Use React?

The user interface is the center point of an end user’s experience with an app.

Whether it’s a web or mobile application, which visual library you use to power it is important. It’s been an age-old debate for years, React vs. Angular vs. Vue, with companies using one or the other.

According to the numbers, the battle for superiority has already been won by React. Let’s figure out why by breaking down a few of the advantages of React so you can determine if it works for what you are trying to build.

React is a visual library for JavaScript created by Facebook to power UI’s that are reactive and reflective of each user’s individual experience within an app. 

Designed to accommodate apps that are highly personalized experiences, it makes complete sense that a company like Facebook that owns some of the largest personalized social networks and communication tools would create something like React.

By dynamically changing the apps UI based on the data that a user inputs, React stands out as the ideal choice as a visual library for your project if it has functions and features such as user profiles, curated content, or customizable interfaces.

The way React prioritizes dynamic experiences makes it stand out as an ideal choice if User-Experience (UX) is something you are trying to prioritize with your app.

UX is increasingly becoming one of those things that make-or-break your app in an industry as competitive as tech, so considering it heavily during your development is vital.

React has been noted for being a lot more user-friendly from a development angle. It utilizes a Virtual DOM as opposed to a Real DOM, making updating apps and testing performance a lot more approachable for developers.

By making it easy to reuse code in different parts of your development environment, user interfaces can be designed and programmed in a way that favors quick-development, saving lots of time for other aspects of development.

The way React is designed allows it to be a lot more stable than other visual libraries, removing a lot of the headaches from front-end development. 

The ability to quickly deploy dynamic user-interfaces in a way that considers both the end-user and developers makes React a well-rounded choice for powering your front-end development.

Advantages of Using React

Writing components using JSX

Developers can build React components, the basic building blocks of React applications, using JSX. JSX allows developers to tap into HTML code and make it more dynamic allowing certain elements to interact with component logic and change the user interface. 

Productivity by reusing components

One of the major advantages of using React is that components are reusable. This is extremely beneficial when looking at component structure. 

Many companies have switched over to React because of this ability to manage components and define structures that generate consistency throughout their web application. 

When wrapping components for reuse, you can abstract logic and layout and use it multiple times as needed. Faster rendering

Better performance via the VirtualDOM

Think of the VirtualDOM as a virtual representation of the UI that allows React to do computations before actually rendering an updated layout. The reason why this happens is to increase the performance of the application. 

React’s development team went through the hard work of making React capable of handling DOM updating so that developers can focus on building components. 

Stability

React updates are backward compatible, which means that developers won’t have to comb through their codebase and update it every time React releases a new version.

React Alternatives & Comparisons

Angular 2x

Angular is a TypeScript-based open-source web application framework. Often seen as more opinionated than React, Angular’s strength lies in building powerful and scalable systems.

Vue.js

Vue is a highly performant library for building interactive web interfaces. It provides data-reactive components with a simple and flexible API. While not as popular as React or Angular, Vue boasts a smaller overall size which makes it extremely appealing as a frontend technology. 

Ember.js

Ember is a JavaScript framework that does heavy-lifting that you'd normally have to do manually. This means handling tasks that are common to every web app so that you can focus on building features and UI. 

NativeScript

NativeScript enables developers to build native apps for iOS, Android and Windows Universal while sharing the application code across the platforms. When building the application UI, developers use various libraries, which abstract the differences between the native platforms.

jQuery

jQuery is a cross-platform JavaScript library designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML. It’s one of the oldest libraries on the internet, and at one time was fairly ubiquitous until more complex JavaScript frameworks came along. 

Companies Who Use React

Companies reportedly use React in their tech stacks, including Airbnb, Uber, and Facebook.

  • Facebook
  • Airbnb
  • Uber
  • Netflix
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Medium

Hire a React Developer

React developers are fairly common these days as it is one of the most popular frameworks around right now. However, finding a good developer is not as easy as it seems. 

With all of the freelance marketplaces and job boards around, you’d think it would be easy to find your rockstar and get started. So why is it so hard? How do you go about deciding if a developer joins your team? 

For the second question, we have a great resource for you to check out that addresses that topic in much greater detail.

As for the first question, the reason it’s so hard to find good developers is not that there aren’t any around, there are plenty. But there are also plenty more developers that are just average at best, and even more that aren’t worth the risk of hiring.

There are many reasons why this happens, and it seems that the Pareto principle (80/20 rule) is at work here, but the main reason is that React is fairly easy to pick up.

Once a developer understands the basic concepts of React, they can start building some simple applications right away and that’s great. However, as applications increase in complexity, so does the knowledge required to build that complexity increase.

Developers grow in so many different ways, the only way to make sure that they are able to code their way out of a paper bag is to test them and see what they’re made of. Testing is an important part of the hiring process that is easily botched by inexperienced hiring managers and business owners alike. 

How to hire a React developer

For those who wish to take the high road and hire React developers on your own, we’re still here to help. 

Hiring a developer on your own is a very focused and hands-on process that requires considerable knowledge about software development in general.

The last thing you want to do is trust your hiring process to someone with no technical ability. If you are a non-technical manager looking to learn a thing or two, we have a great resource here for you to learn more about the hiring process in detail

Otherwise, we’d recommend you contact Trio for consulting and developer allocation. 

What to look for in a React developer

If you are looking for a React developer, the chances are that you are looking for a Full-Stack Developer with a strong understanding of how to use it with the technologies that you are currently using, or building a system from scratch. 

At a high level, React developers should be able to:

  • Work with HTML and CSS
  • High-level proficiency of JavaScript and ES6
  • Understanding of Redux and Hooks for state management
  • Understanding of Node.js and NPM for third-party integrations
  • Can set up a database and interact with its APIs
  • Is competent and unafraid of testing driven development
  • Has knowledge of MVC design pattern
  • Is capable of writing clean code
  • Is able to learn new technologies and read their documentation to build out new functionality and features

Top interview questions to hire React developers

  • What is React?
  • How is React different from other JavaScript frameworks?
  • What can you tell us about JSX?
  • Can you use React without JSX?
  • Can you describe the React component lifecycle?
  • What are the stateless components of React?
  • What's the Virtual DOM and how does React use it?
  • How would you component state hooks? 
  • How would you build a global state hook?
  • How would you use Redux in a React app?
  • What are the limitations of React?
  • How is React.js different from Angular?
  • How can you create an event in React?
  • What is the significance of keys in React?
  • What is the difference between state and props?
  • How would you use React ES6 when working with components?
  • How would you create Higher-Order Components in React?
  • What's the best thing you've ever built with React.js?

How much do React developers cost in the U.S?

According to ZipRecruiter and other sources the average annual pay for a Senior React Developer in the United States is between $103,500 and $180,50 a year.

Here’s a chart that visualizes the salary ranges within the United States for a Senior Software Developer.

How much do React Developers cost in South America? 

Due to economic differences between the United States and South America as a whole, the cost of offshoring software development is significantly lower than hiring full-time with U.S talent. For Senior React Developers in South America, the average salary is currently around $100,000 whereas a mid-level developer costs around $76,000. 

How much do React Developers cost in Ukraine / Eastern Europe?

Eastern Europe shares very similar rates to South America, again due to the economic differences. When looking at salaries in Eastern Europe, data shows that a Senior React Developer costs around $100,000 on average. 

Hourly rates for React Developers

Another way to look at developer costs is through hourly rates. While salaries are good to understand for hiring developers for full-time and long-term, you might just need a developer for a period of 3-6 months or 6-12 months. In these types of situations, it’s best to calculate your costs based on the hourly rates of a developer. 

Below is a table that lists the various hourly rates of developers in different locations based on their job title.

Why Hire a React Developer

Trio React developers are pre-vetted, interviewed, and then trained further to become true software professionals, capable of adapting to situations that are both within and outside of the scope of their general expertise. 

At Trio, we hold our developers to a higher standard. Much like how elite special forces units recruit only the best from main branches of the military, we recruit developers who either show amazing potential or demonstrate exceptional skill. We then take their talents and sharpen them even further.

Another benefit of hiring a Trio developer is that you won’t incur the costs of hiring, which can add up to be around 30% of a developer’s salary on average, as well as overhead costs associated with full-time employment.

By working with Trio, you can enjoy a highly experienced full-time developer for a fraction of the cost, along with the added project management assistance. 

To learn more, hit us up and tell us about your project so that we can get you started.

Stop Waiting, Start Developing

Do you have a project using React that you have to get done ASAP? We have a full-time roster of highly experienced developers who can take your project from idea to reality in days, not weeks.

Our staff is based in the western time zone, is very affordable and passionate about programming in React among various other programming languages. Let’s have a conversation today to see how we can make your project’s development a breeze. 

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How do I hire a react developer?

If you are looking to hire a React.js developer, you can use sites LinkedIn and LinkedIn Jobs to create a job posting. In addition, you can create job listings on sites like Indeed and WeWorkRemotely if you are looking to manage the hiring process yourself.

What does a react developer do?

A React developer creates single web applications using the React.js library to build out the front-end. They do this by creating reusable components and hooks to define state and tying it all together to make a unified experience.

What should I look for in a react developer?

On a high level, React developers should be able to: Work with HTML, CSS, JavaScript/ES6 Knows how to properly use and refactor components Understand Redux and Hooks Implement the MVC design pattern

How much do react developers make?

The average React Developer salary in the USA is $109,788 per year or $53 per hour. Entry level positions start anywhere between $61,000 - $95,000 per year while most experienced workers make up to $163,000 per year.

How much does react cost?

The cost of hiring a React developer depends on the knowledge and experience that they have acquired working as a developer and using React specifically. Junior developers: $33-47/hour, Software developers: $48-74/hour, Senior developers: $57-82/hour.

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