10 React Native Tutorials And Courses For Beginners

Developed by Facebook in 2015, React Native is an open-source framework widely used to build native mobile applications for Android, iOS, Web and Universal Windows Platform (UWP). It allows developers to use JavaScript and React (also called ReactJS — a JavaScript library) knowledge to develop user interfaces (UI), so React Native is responsible for front end development.

According to Reactnative.dev, this framework took the second position in terms of the number of contributors in GitHub in 2018. Noticeably, it has gained popularity in web and mobile app development, with such typical products as Facebook, Instagram, Bloomberg or Tesla. So if you are new and interested in this framework, this article is the right place to start your career and provides a detailed list of React Native tutorials and courses.

However, to facilitate your access to React Native, I advise you to have some knowledge if of JavaScript first. Android, iOS or React is not required.

1. React Native — The Practical Guide [2020 Edition]

Highly recommended by many students on Udemy, React Native — The Practical Guide is an English course continuously updated by the author, Maximilian Schwarzmüller. It provides in-depth knowledge about React Native to help beginners build native iOS and Android applications without knowing Swift, Objective-C or Java/ Android. Even when you have no idea of the framework, the instructor also gives a brief yet detailed video on “What is React Native?”

Going from basics to advanced knowledge, the course has 340 lectures with a total length of more than 32 hours, for example adding push notifications to update news for shop apps, building apps without Expo (an open-source platform) or with Redux (a JavaScript library for app state management).

However, the course requires learners to have knowledge of React and JavaScript (ES6+ is highly appreciated). But do not worry, extra lessons on those tech stacks are also provided at the end of the course. After the course, you will get a certificate of completion.

2. The Complete React Native course (2nd Edition)

As the most preferred by beginners on Udemy, The Complete React Native Course (2nd Edition) helps students start from the very beginning, like how to install tools for MAC, Windows and Android.

You are well equipped with the basics, for example, learning how Redux platform works or connecting projects with Firebase — a mobile platform of Google. Besides, you will be introduced to Hooks — a new addition in React 16.8 version which allows you to use state and React features without writing a JavaScript class.

This course expects its participants to have a little knowledge of at least JavaScript ES5. However, its biggest disadvantage is only having English subtitle, so non-English speakers may struggle with lessons.

3. The Complete React Native + Hooks Course [2020 Edition]

Created by Stephen Grider, this bestseller course includes 425 lectures with React Native versions 0.62.2 and even 0.30.x due to their popularity in the industry. Enrolling for the course, you can acquire fundamental knowledge of JSX (JavaScript XML — a custom markup language used in React), learn to differentiate two React Native elements as “state” and “props”, learn to integrate apps with Firebase for user authentication and understand core principles of React navigation.

This course also requires a basic understanding of JavaScript before you start.

4. React Native For Designers

The course is specifically for designers who either switch their job or equip themselves with fundamentals of React Native for better communication with developers. Indeed, designers sometimes found themselves in conflict with developers over a project due to mutual misunderstanding. So this over 60-hour course will provide necessary information on custom animations, Styled Components, Redux, API data and adaptive layouts in React Native. Accordingly, you can build cross-platform apps from scratch.

5. CS50’s Mobile App Development with React Native

This free course is provided by David J.Malan and Jordan Hayashi from Havard University. Inevitably, you are required to have a strong background with HTML/ CSS and the basics of JavaScript before registration for this intermediate-level course. Therefore the very first lessons are about the overview of JavaScript. However, the focus of the whole course is still developing mobile apps with React Native in four large projects.

The big plus of the course is a variety of CS50’s communities available on social channels for information exchange. All courses or tutorials on Edx are free of charge, but you have to pay at least $90 for a completion certificate. However, you impossibly enroll for a verified certificate in this course. So it is not a good option for those who require qualifications for bettering CVs.

6. React Native: Getting Started

Like others, this beginner course teaches you the basics of building React Native apps. Starting with an overview of how React Native works, the course then guides to configure the environment in record time, involving how to debug and operate your apps on mobile devices. After that, you can learn about the React Native components and how to style your layouts professionally or add navigation to your apps. Finally, you will work with Real Data by consuming an HTTP API from apps.

7. Multiplatform Mobile App Development with React Native

As a part of Full-Stack Web Development with React Specialization, the course aims at building cross-platform, native apps by using React Native version 0.55 and Expo SDK version 27.0.0 with Node.js on the back end. Although this is an intermediate-level course, it still suits beginners due to its fundamentals of React Native and practical projects assigned after weeks. Once you have finished the course, you can master how to use Redux to design the architecture on this tech stack or use different features of React Native and Expo SDK to build multiplatform mobile apps.

However, students are required to complete Bootstrap 4 and React courses before signing up for this one.

8. Build Full-stack React Native Apps with Express.js Backend

Another most preferred course on React Native is definitely the one developed by Obot Kingsley. Similar to others, this course also guides how to make full-stack mobile apps using React Native, Redux and React Navigation, but with Express.js back end to develop RESTful APIs. To improve your understanding of the framework, the course allows you to join four projects of building Todo app, News app, Home Listing app and Authentication System app.

Any attendees in the course need basic knowledge of JavaScript (ES6+ is highly suggested) and React.

9. ReactNative.dev

If you prefer reading documents, ReactNative.dev is a free learning platform that provides detailed tutorials on React Native. Owned by Facebook Inc., the website gives learners a wide range of resources on core React Native element and API.

Even when you struggle with projects related to the framework or need to update relevant news, the website will link you to its communities (e.g. Reactiflux Discord or React Native Spectrum) and blog posts.

However, before starting with those documents, you need a basic knowledge of JavaScript. Although understanding of React, Android or iOS development seemed unnecessary, it still advises you for good knowledge of those technologies to facilitate your study.

10. React Native Tutorial of JavatPoint.com

Another best React Native tutorial is created by JavaiPoint. It provides basic and advanced concepts of React Native for both beginners and professionals, yet in a better-organized way than ReactNative.dev.

Developing web or mobile apps with React Native Front end has increasingly drawn the attention of those who are interested in the framework. No matter which React Native tutorial or course you participate in, it is more advisable to learn from different sources such as blogs or experienced developers unless you want to fall behind in the industry.

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