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Introduction to React.js

Organized By
Girl Develop It Los Angeles
Feb 17
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Women in Tech

Join us for a hands-on intro to React, a popular front-end library developed by Facebook and used by companies like Netflix, Flipboard, and Khan Academy!

What You'll Learn

This workshop will introduce you to the basic concepts you need to understand and work with React:

• What is React and why use it? 
• Working with components and the component lifecycle 
• JSX syntax and features
• Props and state 
• The virtual DOM


• You should be experienced with the basics of HTML and CSS.

• You should also be very comfortable with the basics of programming in JavaScript.

• You might also find it helpful to review a video of Natalie's talk with her business partner, Nathan, called "Before you React", which covers some of the basics of JavaScript that you should brush up on and be familiar with. Video is here and slides are here.

What to Bring 

Please bring a laptop (or borrow one, see below!)* and charger to class. Power outlets and wifi will be provided. You may also wish to bring a notepad and pen/pencil for taking notes.

We'll be using be using Google Chrome in class and we'll be using the Chrome ReactJS extension. If you don't already have Chrome and the ReactJS extension installed, please install them before you come to class!

For a text editor, we recommend Sublime Text 3. Note that you do not have to purchase Sublime Text 3. If you download the free evaluation version that will be good enough for class.

* Request to borrow a laptop: No laptop? We have a limited number of laptops we can loan to students during class. Please fill out our Laptop Request form to let us know you need to borrow one!


We're here to help! If you have additional questions or would like to talk further before signing up for a class, please contact us at losangeles [at] girldevelopit dot com. 

About Our Teacher: Natalie MacLees

Natalie MacLees is a front-end web developer and UI designer and is founder + principal of the interactive agency, Purple Pen Productions. She's been coding and building websites since 1996. She is the author of jQuery for Designers, now in its second edition. She's also the co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Girl Develop It, bringing affordable and accessible coding classes to the community. She makes her online home at

No Refunds

If you can no longer attend the class you signed up and paid for, your payment will be donated to the local chapter scholarship fund. You can help another woman in need!

Other Disclaimers

Our program and curriculum are geared toward adults over the age of 18. At this time we do not accept minors as students in our courses and workshops.

If you have any accessibility issues we should know about, please email us at losangeles [at] girldevelopit dot com. We want to make sure everyone can participate!

Our events are women-inclusive, not women-exclusive. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to attend our events and classes. All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct.

Volunteer as a Teacher Assistant

If you're already familiar with the basics of React, you can earn free classes by participating as a Teaching Assistant. Every hour you spend volunteering as a TA earns you a free hour of class time! Get more details and sign up to be a TA by filling out this form:

Directions / Parking / Public Transit

We highly recommend taking public transportation, since our venue is right next to the Metro stop! And remember, if you don't live near a Metro stop, you can park your car at Metro's Park & Ride lots and then take the train downtown.

If you prefer to drive, there are several paid parking lots a short walk away; see this parking map for suggestions:

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Sponsor: Cross Campus Downtown LA

A big thanks to Cross Campus coworking space for hosting our class!

Cross Campus Downtown LA is offering Girl Develop It one free month of coworking membership. See below for details.

Your complimentary membership will give you access to the entire 2nd floor, Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm for one month at our DTLA location. Upon your arrival you will get a complimentary membership card. Keep you card on you as you are required to show it every time you come in. In addition to workspace you will have access to our rejuvenation room, showers, member only happy hours and lunches.

To take advantage, send an email to [masked] and mention Girl Develop It LA!

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