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Modern React From The Beginning Excursus: Strapi As Back-End


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Up to this point we’ve already developed our React application and thereby covered concepts and techniques of a modern React application.

We’ve also learned how to manage data within out React application by using state and techniques for asynchronous data handling. However, up until now the data which is used in out application is coming from inside of our component. In most real-world scenarios the data which is used and processed in the React front-end application is not defined and created in the React application itself. Instead a connection to a back-end is used for data access.

There are many possibilities of back-end technologies which can be used together with your React front-end application. In most cases you’ll end up using a back-end technology which is accessible via web services (e.g. REST web services) or GraphQL.

Implementing A Back-End With Strapi

So before we’re able to extend our React application to retrieve data from a back-end we need to implement a back-end server and make web services available.

Of course you can implement such a back-end from scratch. However there is a much easier approach: using a headless CMS like Strapi.

Strapi – A Headless Node.js-based CMS System For Building Back-Ends

Strapi is a new generation of Content Management Systems (CMS), a headless CMS. It offers basic CMS functionalities for managing content and users.

Strapi gives you freedom of choosing the rest of the components of your website including database and the technology you want to use to present your content (e.g. front-end frameworks). That’s the reason why Strapi is categorized as a headless CMS.

Strapi is based on JavaScript and Node.js. You can create and manage your content easily and then access it via REST web services or GraphQL.

What’s Next – A New Tutorial Series On Strapi

Before we’re going to move on with our React application we’re going to cover Starpi in a separate tutorial series next. With that tutorial you’ll be able to learn everything you need to know to setup a Strapi back-end from scratch. This series can be used independently from the Modern React From The Beginning tutorial but at the same time will be the basis to continue the the React series.

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