Sencha Releases ExtReact to Aid React Developers in UI Work

React, sometimes called React.js or ReactJS, is an open-source JavaScript library for building user interfaces, maintained by Facebook, Instagram and their development community.

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Sencha, which makes a unified software package for building cross-platform web apps that power thousands of commercial web applications, has released ExtReact, a software service designed to enable React developers to add UI components efficiently to their applications.

React, sometimes called React.js or ReactJS, is an open-source JavaScript library for building user interfaces. It is maintained by Facebook, Instagram and a community of individual developers and corporations.

Until ExtReact was released May 16, React developers had been forced to build their own UI components from scratch—a time-consuming process that comes with significant integration and long-term maintenance risks, Redwood City, Calif.-based Sencha officials said.

With the availability of ExtReact, however, developers can add sophisticated commercially tested and supported components to their React applications, accelerate time to market and reduce upgrade and maintenance burdens, the company claims. ExtReact offers more than 115 UI components that are fully supported and designed to interact and work together over the lifetime of the application, Sencha said.

ExtReact provides advanced capabilities for all its components. Key features include:

  • adaptive and responsive design ensures the proper display of components across different form factors and screen sizes without the need for a separate stylesheet;  
  • keyboard navigation enables users to navigate the application via keyboard and improves accessibility aspects for disabled users;
  • focus management, which enables developers to use auto focus and spatial navigation features to deliver an enhanced user experience and accessibility;
  • flexible layout system ensures the proper sizing and positioning of all components and eliminates the need for separate stylesheets; and
  • sophisticated data management to efficiently handle any size and source of remote data across device types.

ExtReact will be generally available in June. For more information, go here.

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