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Conclusion

If this is your first time building a React app, we covered a lot of ground here. One of the biggest takeaways is that React is different than other libraries because it uses a whole new language called JSX to define what the visuals will look like. We got a very small glimpse of that here when we defined the h1 tag inside the render method.

JSX’s impact goes beyond how you define your UI elements. It also alters how you build your app as a whole. Because your browser can’t understand JSX in its native representation, you need to use an intermediate step to convert that JSX into JavaScript. One approach is to build your app to generate the transpiled JavaScript output to correspond to the JSX source. Another approach (aka the one we used here) is to use the Babel library to translate the JSX into JavaScript on the browser itself. While the performance hit of doing that is not recommended for live/production apps, when familiarizing yourself with React, you can’t beat the convenience.

In future chapters, we’ll spend some time diving deeper into JSX and going beyond the render method as we look at all the important things that make React tick.

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