7 top-notch tools for React developers

Facebook’s JavaScript UI library has sparked an ecosystem of companion tools and frameworks

The Facebook-developed React JavaScript library, a declarative, component-based technology for building web UIs, has gained traction with developers in recent years.

Offering developers efficiency and flexibility, React—aka React.js—debuted to the public in May 2013. Since then the open source library has been starred more than 135,000 times on GitHub and forked more than 25,000 times.

Not surprisingly, an ecosystem of companion tools has sprung up around React, including an IDE and a number of frameworks. Here are 7 key tools available for developers looking to leverage React when building their web applications. 

React Sight

React Sight is a Chrome browser extension that provides a live view of the component hierarchy tree of a React application. It supports React Router and Redux. React Sight searches for React renderers and patches the renderer to collect data on state change. The creators of React Sight built the tool because they saw a need for a tool to provide a visual representation of an application’s structure. Intended to be simple to use, React Sight includes filters that allow you to view only the components you want to see.

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