React.js Gets First Dedicated IDE: Reactide

Reactide is the first integrated development environment (IDE) software specifically dedicated to developing web applications using the React JavaScript library, launched on April 7, 2017.

React is an open-source JavaScript (JS) framework originally developed and released by Facebook in 2013. The framework assists developers in creating web applications that rely on actively changing data.

The new tool comes from software vendor JetBrains. They already provide multiple IDEs including IntelliJ IDEA, PhpStorm, WebStorm, PyCharm, and RubyMine.

“React has quickly become the first-approach solution for developers to build web apps, mobile apps, desktop, and even VR,” Mark Cruz, lead engineer at Reactide, wrote in a blog post on Medium. “Now coupled with the innovations being rolled out with React Fiber, the growing need for integrated developer solutions is on the horizon.”

Unlike other JS frameworks, React only provides the “view layer” for developing interface and rendering source files. It does not provide the functionality to build standalone applications on its own.

The framework is already utilized by more than 300,000 developers including those at Facebook, Instagram and Netflix. There are many IDEs dedicated to developing JS applications and many that offer the functionality, but this is the first to focus specifically on React.js.

One G2 Crowd user has already discussed solutions to development using React without a dedicated IDE.  Mike Cole used WebStorm, an IDE that focuses more on Node.js support than React.js support.

“React Native is a very interesting technology without a defacto IDE,” Cole wrote in January 2017. “WebStorm has proved to be a terrific option. WebStorm also works for many other popular languages. I use WebStorm pretty much anytime I’m not working on native Android or iOS apps.”

Other IDEs supporting React are Xcode, Nuclide and NetBeans. One user titled his review for Nuclide as “The Best IDE for React/React Native.” Another user said Nuclide eased the development process while using React.

“There’s definitely the potential to add all the functionality need to develop react-native with,” Greg Schecter, a senior software engineer at Wheelhouse, said. “The remote development feature is extremely powerful for environments when you can’t develop locally.”

It remains to be seen how effective the program will be, seeing as it does not have any reviews yet. But developers using React should consider adopting the new development platform to speed up the notoriously slow process of React development.

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