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Building a Grocery List App with React

React is one of the most popular front-end web development frameworks in the world and something worth knowing a little about. It provides a declarative and composable interface to make building user interfaces with complex interactions more manageable. In this hands-on lab, we'll go through building a simple grocery shopping list application from start to finish. To feel comfortable completing this lab, you'll need to know how to do the following: - Create a new React application. - Utilize state and props within React components. - Handle browser events using React components. If you're currently unsure of how to perform any of these actions, consider taking the short **Expanding Your JS Skills with React** course to get up to speed.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 45m
Clock icon Aug 06, 2020

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Create the Groceries React Application

    Generate a new React application called groceries so that we can build the grocery shopping list application.

    Optional: Add Bulma for Styling

    In order to follow along with the styling used in the example solution for this hands-on lab, you'll need bulma.


    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html lang="en">
        <!-- rest of head omitted -->
        <title>React App</title>
          href="[email protected]/css/bulma.min.css"
      <!-- body omitted -->
  2. Challenge

    Display a New Item Form and the Grocery Items

    The goal of this application is to act as a checklist of groceries that need to be purchased including the grocery item names and the quantity of each. To begin, we'll want to modify our App component to display a form that allows us to add a new grocery item and display the items already on our list.

  3. Challenge

    Add the Ability to Add a New Grocery Item

    Write the necessary event handling function(s) to allow someone to submit the new grocery item form and have the information added to the application's state. It should also be displayed to the screen.

  4. Challenge

    Add the Ability to Check Off a Grocery Item

    Modify the application so that the user can click the checkbox of a grocery item and have it toggle the purchased state of the grocery item in the application's state.

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