Alternatives to create-react-app, Component Optimization and Developing React on Windows

create-react-app is the official tool for starting new React applications. I've used it at least a dozen times so far and love using it. I love writing React applications, not battling with configuration files. It makes starting a new project really easy. One of the biggest complaints about the tool is that it doesn't allow for any customization. Using SASS/Less or a different test suite isn't an option unless you run the npm eject command.

This week we are looking at a couple of other command line tools for setting up React applications that offer more configuration than the current official tool. In addition to these tools, we'll look at a tutorial for creating more performant components and a tutorial on developing React applications on Windows -- if you develop on Windows you'll want to check out a few of the tweaks the author has suggested. We've also highlighted a set of React specific rules for ESLint that can help you optimize and clean up your code.

Happy Coding!

-Sophia Shoemaker





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