Advantages of using react-bootstrap over bootstrap

Advantages of using react-bootstrap over bootstrap

What’s the point in using react-bootstrap over plain old Bootstrap?
I was going through https://react-bootstrap.github.io/components.html and I don’t see any advantage. I can only see that it can bring unnecessary dependency to the project.
Is there any difficulty in using plain Bootstrap in React/Redux projects?
**EDIT **
Deducing from reading https://react-bootstrap.github.io/introduction.html is the only thing that react-bootstrap gives me the shorthand for class names? Below are the examples of the same page.
In plain boostrap I’d do:
var button = React.DOM.button({
className: “btn btn-lg btn-success”,
children: “Register”
});

React.render(button, mountNode);

And in react-boostrap:
var button = ReactBootstrap.Button({
bsStyle: “success”,
bsSize: “large”,
children: “Register”
});

React.render(button, mountNode);

All these bsStyle, bsSize, … from react-boostrap are the things people didn’t like on Angular that have remember all those ng-* tags… I personally don’t mind it but if it’s the only thing that react-bootstrap gives me I will use twitter-bootstrap. Or did I miss something?

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Solutions/Answers:

Solution 1:

Bootstrap creates React components for you.

The advantage will be obvious if you consider how to do animations with the help of bootstrap in your React project.

Without react-bootstrap, you need something like CSSTransitionGroup. You cannot take advantage of bootstrap’s API because it will manipulate the DOM, which makes the React behavior unpredictable. Also, bootstrap will hide details of their animation API; that is to say,you cannot use it at all.

With bootstrap components, however, you do not need to worry about how the animation is implemented by bootstrap, you just need to specify properties and hooks in a component and the library will do the trick. More specifically, it can add some wrappers which are not visible to the client.

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As you can see above, <Fade> and <Transition> component is added by bootstrap.

In addition, the syntax of virtual DOM may not be compatible with DOM:

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As shown above, putting <input> inside a <select> is a way of semantic UI, but React will complain. I expect the bootstrap may experience similar issues without a customized library.

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Solution 2:

If I understood correctly, react-bootstrap is just an extension of components to make easy the life whose does not know about html + css.

If you don’t have the knowledge about doing buttons, menus, layouts and etc by yourself with html+css+js I advice you to use bootstrap.

React doesn’t give you the design of buttons and menus for example.

Here is the link from facebook of why use react:

https://facebook.github.io/react/docs/why-react.html

I chose React in spite of angular because it is easier to learn react if you already know javascript.

If you need to use bootstrap I advice you to use only twitter-bootstrap because you can customize your layout just adding another css file after bootstrap.css

Solution 3:

It’s really a matter of what front-end framework you plan to use. If you are going to use Angular, Ember, Knockout, or plain old jQuery then traditional Bootstrap may be sufficient for you. With React though there is a fundamental difference in how the JavaScript application code interacts with the DOM that makes the jQuery approach from Bootstrap very difficult to work with since React primarily works with a Virtual DOM. It iss true that using React-Bootstrap will reduce the amount of boilerplate code that you would need to do simple tasks like Buttons or Form elements, though that’s not the primary gain.

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