There’s a great tutorial by Shu Uesugi that takes the great approach of “non-computer-science-y” thinking about how to get started in React. This is an approach I took in 1999 with Design By Numbers — which I realize in the long term didn’t stick at all. That said, it was useful thought-kindling for folks out there to get started. Shu’s tutorial was definitely useful to me as I try to decode React from both a computer-scienjce-y view and a non-one too.
I love Shu’s epic disclaimers:
Also, if you already know React, you’ll be pretty upset with me as well because I’ll be talking mostly about states instead of immutability or componetization. However, I found that teaching states first is the best way for jQuery developers to see why React is superior.”