Why the Move to React

Eric Wilson

3 min read

Dec 15, 2020

Why the Move to React

Why we are moving to React Essentials and away from Full Stack & React Essentials

We have offered training on web development since the very beginning, but we felt like we were not quite hitting the right notes with our most recent course offering: Full-Stack & React Essentials. So, we have invested the past few months in developing an all-in course on React Essentials. The course, like many of our other courses, is designed to show experienced programmers what’s possible with React development and give them the confidence to explore more. So why the change?

Reason #1 – Client Feedback

React is no secret. It is a technology that has been around and is in high demand. You might say but I thought Big Nerd Ranch only taught the latest, up-and-coming, cutting edge technologies? We love teaching and working with the latest and greatest in technology. It’s how we got where we are today. At the same time, we want to teach and use technologies that can support professional, elegant products and that individuals, businesses, and enterprises can use to build their visions into a reality. 

This change also reflects a sentiment we have been hearing from our students and clients for the better part of a year. Time after time, we heard that folks were really enjoying the course, but they were hoping to learn more about React programming. The sentiment was the same for our corporate clients as well. One of our core values here is curiosity, so it is important for us to listen to our clients and to make adjustments accordingly.

Reason #2 – Mobile Focus

One of the other reasons we have focused on React is that it continues our focus on teaching developers how to build mobile applications. Because React is a mobile responsive framework, it is a natural fit along with our native mobile training offerings for iOS and Android.

Reason #3 – Experience and Expertise

We have been working on React projects for over five years, so it is a technology we know well. When we talk with clients about consulting projects where we are going to be building a new web product, we often recommend React because of its versatility, performance, and scalability. We want our training to be authentically useful, so we want to train on technologies that we would not just use but would happily recommend for a professional grade web application.

Reason #4 – Reskilling & Upskilling

While we are proud of our Full-Stack & React Essentials course, we feel like it isn’t quite hitting the mark. We’ve always provided a platform for existing developers to learn a transformative set of skills that could set them up for their next big project, and we found that the course in its existing form wasn’t meeting that mark.

Our goal with our Essentials courses has always been to prepare developers to start working on a project, and that goal hasn’t changed with our fully refreshed course on React development. We’ve packed the course full of foundational knowledge that existing developers need to begin work on a React project, and we are looking forward to helping individuals, teams, and companies build their capabilities in React.

Are you ready to get started?

Our first revamped React class is scheduled for March 22nd and spots are filling up fast. Now’s your chance to take a deep-dive into React and learn more about this modern framework for web development.

Check out the course page to learn a bit more about what you can expect from the class and register.

Eric Wilson

Author Big Nerd Ranch

Eric joined Big Nerd Ranch in the spring of 2019 to lead the training initiatives and brings a wealth of experience in both training and consultancy work.

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