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Drupal 8 + ReactJS

React is a flexible and efficient JS library aimed at interface creation for users. It is used for Instagram, Yahoo, Sony, Netflix etc. Drupal is a popular CMS targeted at website development of various complexity, which is also used as a framework for web-applications.

Combining frameworks for a product development is a widespread way, and Drupal 8 + ReactJS combination is not a newness, in particular. Such a practice may entail an advantageous outcome.

If your future website is going to contain numerous dynamic elements full of data set, be proactive in combining Drupal and ReactJS. Headless Drupal is the idea of using Drupal 8 (frontend і backend division). This is a standard scheme, where Drupal is the product basis, and the interface in our case is based on React. 

Data flow in React is one-dimensional, which means that data is flowing downward. This flow enables formation of a web page according to data sent by Drupal RESTful API. Drupal 8 assisted by RESTful services integrates with React. When projecting, one should not forget about JSON API module that significantly accelerates and simplifies work. There are no settings needed to start working with it, only launching. Then HTTP-requests will assist in essentials management.

Let us take a look at ReactJS to Drupal 8 integration stage by stage. In this case, React components will be used in the module functionality. JS-files will be connected through libraries.

JS-files will be connected with the help of libraries.

A new project has to be created via Composer. After this:

$ composer create-project drupal-composer/drupal-project:8.x-dev some-dir --stability dev --no-interaction

Below, you can see the addition of new Composer repository into your file composer.json:

"repositories": [

        {

            "type": "package",

            "package": {

                "version": "15.3.0",

                "name": "drupal-libraries/reactjs",

                "type": "drupal-library",

                "source": {

                    "url": "https://github.com/facebook/react.git",

                    "type": "git",

                    "reference": "15.3.0"

                },

                "dist": {

                    "url": "https://github.com/facebook/react/releases/download/v15.3.0/react-15.3.0.zip",

                    "type": "zip"

                }

            }

        }

    ]

The next stage is React library uploading via Composer:

composer require drupal-libraries/reactjs 15.3.0

Next, Reac module has to be created in react.libraries.yml:

 

The next step is to create js-file of a React-component:

Having completed the previous actions, it is necessary to create a block and connect the component to it: 

Next, block has to be included, and the result is obtained:

 

A basic ReactJS setting in Drupal does not demand many efforts and is an excellent combination. As a result, you will get a desired quality product. 

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