React.js Boilerplate vs Re-base: What are the differences?
What is React.js Boilerplate? 🔥 Quick setup for performance orientated, offline-first React.js apps. Quick setup for new performance orientated, offline–first React.js applications featuring Redux, hot–reloading, PostCSS, react-router, ServiceWorker, AppCache, FontFaceObserver and Mocha.
What is Re-base? A Relay inspired library for building React.js + Firebase applications. React.js makes managing state easy to reason about. Firebase makes persisting your data easy to implement. re-base, inspired by Relay, combines the benefits of React and Firebase by allowing each component to specify its own data dependency. Forget about your data persistence and focus on what really matters, your application's state.
Some of the features offered by React.js Boilerplate are:
- Using react-transform-hmr, your changes in the CSS and JS get reflected in the app instantly without refreshing the page. That means that the current application state persists even when you change something in the underlying code! For a very good explanation and demo, watch Dan Abramov himself talking about it at react-europe.
- Redux is a much better implementation of a flux–like, unidirectional data flow. Redux makes actions composable, reduces the boilerplate code and makes hot–reloading possible in the first place. For a good overview of redux, check out the talk linked above or the official documentation!
On the other hand, Re-base provides the following key features:
- syncState: Two way data binding between any property on your component's state and any endpoint in Firebase. Use the same API you're used to to update your component's state (setState), and Firebase will also update.
- bindToState: One way data binding. Whenever your Firebase endpoint changes, the property on your state will update as well.
- listenTo: Whenever your Firebase endpoint changes, it will invoke a callback passing it the new data from Firebase.
React.js Boilerplate and Re-base are both open source tools. React.js Boilerplate with 22.9K GitHub stars and 4.59K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Re-base with 2.13K GitHub stars and 162 GitHub forks.