Chapter 12. Building a Web Client with React
The original idea behind hypertext was to take related documents and link them together: if academic paper A references academic paper B let’s make it easy to click something and navigate between them. In 1989, a software engineer at CERN named Tim Berners-Lee had the idea to combine hypertext with networked computers, making it easy for someone to make these connections regardless of the location of the documents. Every cat photo, news article, tweet, streaming video, job search site, and restaurant review is indebted to the simple idea of globally linking documents.
What We’re Building
In the upcoming chapters we’ll build the web client for our social note application, Notedly. Users will be able to create and sign in to an account, write notes in Markdown, edit their notes, view a feed of other users’ notes, and “favorite” other users’ notes. To accomplish all of this, we’ll be interacting with our GraphQL server API.
In our web application:
Users will be ...