So, you’re wondering if you should learn React or Node first? Well, that is actually a pretty good question to be asking. While both are popular, powerful technologies, there are a few scenarios where you may want to learn one before the other. In this article, I hope to break down why you might want to learn to react first, and why you might want to learn node first. So without wasting any time, let’s jump right into it!
Learning React and Node Prerequisites
What Technology Should You Learn First: React or Node?
Why Learn React First?
1. You Want To Be a Frontend Developer
2. You Are A Visual Person
Secondly, it is easier to learn React first if you are a visual learner. It is easier to quickly see changes made to a React project than it is to a Node project. Although the be fair, the changes are always there if you know where to look. As a beginner, it may be easier to start with React. Then, when you finally move on to learning Node, you can display all of the changes you make in Node with a React application or other frontend.
I also personally found it easier to understand the purpose of backend technologies after I had spent a significant amount of time studying frontend development. However, maybe that is just me!
Why Learn Node First?
1. It Is Considered Easier
For that reason, the learning curve for writing code in, and understanding Node is probably slightly easier than tackling a frontend framework like React. At least at a basic level. Although you will get into some intermediate topics with Node, such as HTTP servers, connecting to databases, processing streams, callbacks and promises, libraries, etc. it is still easier than tackling React.
So if you are planning on building full-stack applications it may make sense to learn the easier technology first.
2. You Want To Build Full-Stack Applications Quickly
If you do learn Node first and can set up a basic server, this means you now have the capability of combining Node and React and creating full-stack applications. If you learned React without Node, it may be tricky to get a good understanding of how React is used with backend technologies and its full potential. Meaning you will not have a full understanding of React without learning a backend technology like Node.
Summary: Should I Learn React or Node First?
While it is possible to start with either technology and learned the second after, it makes sense to learn one before the other in certain circumstances.
If you are already set on specializing in frontend development and are a visual learner, you may find it easier to begin your studies with React. However, if you want to be a full-stack or backend developer you may find the learning process easier and more fluent if you start by learning Node and work your way up to React.
So that is pretty much it! Everything you need to know before learning React and Node js. If you are a new developer just getting started in web development, check out my list of free resources here. Including my React and Node suggested learning material. If you want to check out some other great courses, you can find them here.