I am currently taking M101JS this year and having enough experience with React. I’ve decided to use express-react-views for some of the challenges during the 8 week course.There are of course other server-side view solution ejs, pug or handlebars.

Step 1

Create a directory named myapp

$ mkdir myapp

Step 2

change to the directory and run npm init

$ cd myapp
$ npm init

Step 3

Install the required dependencies express, express-react-views, react and react-dom

$ npm install --save express express-react-views react react-dom

Step 4

In the myapp directory, create a file named app.js and add the following code:

const express = require('express');
const { createEngine } = require('express-react-views');

const app = express();
const port = 3000;

app.set('views', __dirname + '/views');
app.set('view engine', 'jsx');
app.engine('jsx', createEngine());

app.get('/', (req, res, next) => {
  res.render('index.jsx', { name: 'world' });

  () => console.log(`\uD83C\uDF0F running at http://localhost:${port}`)

Step 6

In the myapp directory, create a views directory with a views template named index.jsx

$ mkdir views
$ cd views
$ touch index.jsx

and add the following code:

const React = require('react');

class HelloWorld extends React.Component {
  render() {
    return <div> Hello {this.props.name} </div>;

module.exports = HelloWorld;

Step 7

Run the app from myapp directory with the following command:

$ node app.js

Then, load http://localhost:3000/ in a browser to see the output.