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There have been many posts recently covering the why and how of React. This week’s community round-up includes a collection of recent articles to help you get started with React, along with a few posts that explain some of the inner workings.
James Padosley wrote a short post on the basics (and merits) of React: What is React?
What I like most about React is that it doesn’t impose heady design patterns and data-modelling abstractions on me. […] Its opinions are so minimal and its abstractions so focused on the problem of the DOM, that you can merrily slap your design choices atop.
React expects you to do the work of getting and pushing data from the server. This makes it very easy to implement React as a front end solution, since it simply expects you to hand it data. React does all the other work.
It’s great to see the React community expand internationally. This site features a React introduction in Russian.
Christopher Pitt explains React Components and React Properties. The former includes a nice introduction to using JSX, while the latter focuses on adding interactivity and linking multiple components together. Also check out the other posts in his React Tutorial series, e.g. on using React + Backbone Model and React + Backbone Router.
Eric Florenzano (@ericflo) sheds some light on what makes React perfect for server rendering:
What I’ve discovered is that enough of the pieces have come together, that this futuristic-sounding web environment is actually surprisingly easy to do now with React.js.
[#reactjs](https://twitter.com/search?q=%23reactjs&src=hash) has very simple API, but it's amazing how much work has been done under the hood to make it blazing fast.— Anton Astashov (@anton_astashov) December 30, 2013
Played with react.js for an hour, so many things suddenly became stupidly simple.— andrewingram (@andrewingram) January 13, 2014
[@okonetchnikov](https://twitter.com/okonetchnikov) HOLY CRAP react is nice— julik (@julikt) January 13, 2014
brb rewriting everything with react— Ben Smithett (@bensmithett) February 4, 2014