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Reintroducing the React Nanodegree Program from Udacity

React, the ultimate library for front-end developers today, specializes in helping web developers build interactive elements on websites, like user interfaces (UI components). Udacity’s React Nanodegree program has been instrumental in helping Udacity students land their dream jobs in React web development. 

To keep pace with the constant changes and updates in React web development, we’ve released an update to the content. Udacity is excited to introduce the refreshed React Nanodegree program within the School of Programming & Development

Refreshed React Nanodegree Program Details

The React Fundamentals Course has been updated to teach React Hooks and Testing React components. The React and Redux course now includes material teaching Jest, which is a testing framework. We have also added an optional React Native course through which students will have an opportunity to develop mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. The technical components in all courses have been updated throughout the program as well.

To get the most out of this course, it’s important to have prior experience building front-end web applications with:

  • HTML & CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Asynchronous JavaScript (AJAX)
  • Web forms (front-end elements such as HTML, CSS, styling, and accessibility)

You should also have familiarity with the following:

  • The Document Object Model (DOM)
  • Web Accessibility Standards
  • Using Node Package Manager (NPM)
  • Git & GitHub
  • Unix/Linux Command Line Basics

In just 2 months (at 5 to 10 hours a week), students who enroll in the React Nanodegree program will be able to:

  • Create interactive React components for their application by using JSX to render UI, managing state, and handling lifecycle events. 
  • Write more powerful applications by using Redux to manage the global store, handle asynchronous network requests, and efficiently pass data through the UI. 
  • Build more efficient, robust React apps by using recent React features such as Hooks and testing React components using Jest testing library. 
  • Develop a mobile app that can run on both iOS and Android devices using React Native (optional).

What Does a React Developer Do?

React developers work in a comprehensive JavaScript library known as React. Your responsibilities are the design, development, and implementation of this front-end technology. Your software includes user-facing features that consist of reusable components for future use. 

Other duties include testing software for functionality issues, translating designs into code, and optimizing components for optimum performance. Part of your job is utilizing workflows such as Flux and Redux to complete tasks. You also coordinate with teams to ensure each layer of the infrastructure works together.

React Nanodegree Projects Include

Project 1: MyReads: A Book Tracking App

Students will create a React application from scratch and utilize React components to manage the user interface. They’ll create a virtual bookcase to store books and track what they’re reading. Using the provided Books API, they’ll search for books and add them to a bookshelf as a React component. Finally, they’ll use React Hooks to build the functionality to move books from one shelf to another.

Project 2: Employee Polls Web App

Students will be asked by HR to build a web app for creating polls for coworkers where an employee can post a scenario question with 2 possible responses and then other employees respond. Employees can then vote on these responses and see which have the most votes. The goal is to improve collaboration and transparency within the company. The web app will provide a dashboard that lists every employee ordered by the number of polls they’ve created and answered.

Project 3: (OPTIONAL) Build a Customer Relationship Management

Students will use React Native to build a mobile customer relationship management app that lists the customer information by region along with their details. They will also create key React Native components such as cards, menus, and tabs, integrating animations to make your app fully styled for your business branding.

Instructors: Learning from Top React Professionals

To develop this program’s world-class curriculum, we collaborated with professionals from top-rated tech companies. Each of these collaborators contributed guidance and feedback to focus the program on the most in-demand skills. Each of the instructors has extensive react and teaching experience. 

Andrew Wong: Andrew is a course developer who enjoys making the world a better place through code. He first discovered his passion for teaching as an instructor at App Academy, and continues to enjoy empowering students to advance their education.

Michael Tsamis: Michael N. Tsamis is a senior software engineer at Catchpoint Systems Inc. He graduated summa cum laude in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. He is also an active member and speaker for React NYC, a Meetup group for ReactJS and React Native developers in New York City.

Alyssa Hope: Alyssa is a full stack developer, focusing for the last few years in Javascript. She also spent time as the lead instructor of a coding bootcamp. Her passions are clean code, clear thinking, and mentorship.

Tyler McGinnis: Tyler found his love for teaching at DevMountain, where he was lead instructor and curriculum engineer. He’s a Google Developer Expert and is entrenched in the React community organizing React Utah, and running React Newsletter.

Richard Kalehoff: Richard is a Course Developer with a passion for teaching. He has a degree in computer science, and first worked for a nonprofit doing everything from front end web development, to backend programming, to database and server management.

Enroll Today

If you have experience as a front-end developer or engineer and want to take your skills and expertise to the next level, the refreshed React Nanodegree program is for you.

There’s never been a better time to get into the field of React web development. In fact, according to the Enterprise JavaScript Survey, 63% of javascript developers use React as a framework making it the most popular JavaScript framework ever.

If you have experience as a front-end developer or engineer and want to take your skills and expertise to the next level, the refreshed React Nanodegree program is for you. The average salary for a React Developer in the U.S. is over $97,000. And a career in React development as a front-end web developer, full stack web developer or UI/UX Developer is sure to be challenging and rewarding.

With Udacity’s combination of hands-on project-centric learning, mentorship, and community support, there’s no better way to meet the demand than by registering today for the refreshed React Nanodegree program. Enroll now to learn more!

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Jennifer Shalamanov
Jennifer Shalamanov
Jennifer is a content writer at Udacity with over 10 years of content creation and marketing communications experience in the tech, e-commerce and online learning spaces. When she’s not working to inform, engage and inspire readers, she’s probably drinking too many lattes and scouring fashion blogs.