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Pages: 396
Published: June 2021
ISBN: 9781680507218
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Skill Level Meter

Modern Front-End Development for Rails

Hotwire, Stimulus, Turbo, and React

by Noel Rappin

Improve the user experience for your Rails app with rich, engaging client-side interactions. Learn to use the Rails 6 tools and simplify the complex JavaScript ecosystem. It’s easier than ever to build user interactions with Hotwire, Turbo, Stimulus, and Webpacker. You can add great front-end flair without much extra complication. Use React to build a more complex set of client-side features. Structure your code for different levels of client-side needs with these powerful options. Add to your toolkit today!

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It’s hard to have a Rails application without integrating some client-side logic. But client-side coding tools, and the Rails tools for integrating with them, all change continuously. Rails 6 simplifies client-side integration with the Hotwire gem. It’s a great way to build client interaction with server-side HTML and a small amount of JavaScript. Learn how to use Rails 6 and Webpacker to build rich front-end logic into your Rails applications. The job is even easier with Stimulus, a library that brings Rails conventions to JavaScript tools. And you can also add in React, a larger framework that automatically updates the browser when your data changes.

Learn the basics of webpack, Webpacker, and TypeScript, and add pizazz to your application. Structure your web application to best manage your state. Learn how to interact with data on the server while still keeping the user experience interactive. Use the type system in TypeScript to expand on JavaScript and help prevent error conditions. Debug and test your front-end application with tools specific to each framework.

There are a lot of ways to do client-side coding, and Rails is here to help.

What You Need

This book requires Ruby on Rails 6.0 or later, React 16.8.0 or later. Other dependencies will be added by Rails.



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Contents & Extracts

  • Introduction
  • Getting Started
    • Getting Started with Client-Side Rails excerpt
      • Managing State and Front-End Development
      • Configuring Webpacker
      • Using Webpacker
      • What’s Next
    • Hotwire and Turbo
      • The Hotwire Way
      • Installing Turbo
      • What Is Turbo Drive?
      • Adding Interactivity with Turbo Frames
      • Navigating Outside a Turbo Frame
      • Extending Our Page with Turbo Streams
      • Turbo Frames vs. Turbo Streams
      • Lazy Loading a Turbo Frame
      • What’s Next
    • Stimulus
      • What Is Stimulus?
      • Installing Stimulus
      • Adding Our First Controller
      • Creating an Action
      • Adding a Target
      • Using Values
      • Automating Value Changes
      • Stimulus Has Class
      • Going Generic
      • Stimulus Quick Reference
      • What’s Next
    • React
      • What Is React?
      • Installing React
      • Adding Our First Component
      • Composing Components
      • Connecting to the Page
      • Interactivity, State, and Hooks excerpt
      • Sharing State
      • What’s Next
    • Cascading Style Sheets
      • Building CSS in webpack
      • Adding CSS and Assets to webpack
      • Animating CSS
      • Adding CSS Transitions
      • Animating Turbo Streams with Animate.css
      • Using CSS and React Components
      • What’s Next
  • Going Deeper
    • TypeScript
      • Using TypeScript
      • Understanding Basic TypeScript Types
      • Static vs. Dynamic Typing
      • Adding Type Annotations to Variables
      • Adding Type Annotations to Functions
      • Adding Type Annotations to Classes
      • Defining Interfaces
      • Type Checking Classes and Interfaces
      • Getting Type Knowledge to TypeScript
      • What’s Next
    • webpack
      • Understanding Why webpack Exists
      • Managing Dependencies with Yarn
      • Understanding webpack Configuration
      • What’s Next
    • Webpacker excerpt
      • Webpacker Basics
      • Writing Code Using Webpacker
      • Integrating Webpacker with Frameworks
      • Running webpack
      • Deploying Webpacker in Production
      • Customizing Webpacker
      • What’s Next
  • Managing Servers and State
    • Talking to the Server
      • Using Stimulus to Manage Forms
      • Stimulus and Ajax
      • Using Data in Stimulus
      • Acquiring Data in React with useState
      • What’s Next
    • Immediate Communication with ActionCable
      • Installing ActionCable
      • Turbo Streams and ActionCable
      • Stimulus and ActionCable
      • React and ActionCable
      • What’s Next
    • Managing State in Stimulus Code
      • Using Data Values for Logic
      • Observing and Responding to DOM Changes
      • Rendering CSS with Data Attributes
      • What’s Next
    • Managing State in React
      • Using Reducers
      • Using Context to Share State
      • Adding Asynchronous Events to Contexts
      • What’s Next
    • Using Redux to Manage State
      • Installing and Using Redux
      • Adding Asynchronous Actions to Redux
      • What’s Next
  • Validating Your Code
    • Validating Code with Advanced TypeScript
      • Creating Union Types
      • Specifying Types with Literal Types
      • Using Enums and Literal Types
      • Building Mapped Types and Utility Types
      • TypeScript Configuration Options
      • Dealing with Strictness
      • What’s Next
    • Testing with Cypress
      • Why Cypress?
      • Installing Cypress
      • Configuring Cypress and Rails
      • Writing Our First Test
      • Understanding How Cypress Works
      • What’s Next
    • More Testing and Troubleshooting
      • Writing More Cypress Tests
      • Testing the Schedule Filter
      • Cypress and React
      • Cypress Utilities and API
      • Troubleshooting
      • What’s Next
    • Framework Swap
      • The All-Hotwire App
      • The All-React App
      • Comparison


Noel Rappin is a Staff Software Engineer at Root Insurance. Noel is the author of multiple technical books, including Modern CSS with Tailwind and Rails 5 Test Prescriptions. Follow Noel on Twitter @noelrap, and online at noelrappin.com.

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About This Title

Pages: 396
Published: June 2021
ISBN: 9781680507218
Edition: 1
Out of Print