The History of ReactJS

Journey through the history of ReactJS, the JavaScript library that transformed web development in this article!


ReactJS is one of the most widely used and influential JavaScript libraries used by the web development industry. The history of this library started with Jordan Walke in 2010. At the time, he was a developer for Facebook Advertising and needed a way to make his own work easier by creating a tool that allowed for the updating of specific parts of a web page without the need to refresh the entire thing. 

Walke initially created the first version of the library by building a prototype called FaxJs, which he integrated with XHP to create ReactJS 2011. In the beginning, this new library was only for Facebook employees’ internal use. However, Facebook decision-makers changed their minds in 2013 and released ReactJS to the public as an open-source tool due to the popularity of the library just within their developers. They also recognized the potential benefit it offered to the global website development community. 

After Facebook made ReactJS open-source and available for all, it gained exponential popularity quickly among the development community. In 2015, Facebook went on to release React Native as well. React Native is a JavaScript framework that utilizes ReactJS to allow developers to build mobile apps for iOS and Android operating systems. This framework utilizes the same syntax as ReactJS, which makes it easier for developers to build mobile applications using their website development skills. Due to the popularity of ReactJS, React Native went on to gain a huge following and is now one of the top libraries in use all around the world. 

In 2017, ReactJS introduced the Fiber architecture, which was basically a rewrite of the original core algorithm of the library with the aim of improving performance even more and enabling new features. ReactJS developers then went on to introduce Hooks in 2019, which allows devs to write logic that’s both reusable and shareable across different components. This tool allows devs to have an easier way to reuse code while building and maintaining even complex applications.

Although ReactJS is now over a decade old, it still continues to evolve and improve over time. This is in large part due to the huge online community of developers who contribute to the library. These dedicated developers create helpful third-party tools and plugins for the rest of the community’s use. A great example of one of these tools is Redux, which gives devs a way to manage the state of their applications and then make changes to said state in a more predictable and consistent manner. 

ReactJS made waves after its initial release and continues to reign as a web developer favorite to this day. Demand for devs who specialize in this tech remains high year after year with no indications of slowing down anytime soon. The simplified way that ReactJS allows developers to work makes it a go-to choice of technologies for a wide range of web development projects and beyond.


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