Learn how to build a web app with React, Material-UI, Next, Express, Mongoose, and MongoDB. We use ES6 syntax and keep our book up-to-date with the latest versions of all dependencies.
Popular third party APIs
Learn how to integrate a web app with Google for user authentication, Github for markdown and collaboration, AWS SES for transactional emails, MailChimp for newsletters, and Stripe for selling.
Build a complete web app
We cover every step of building a web app - writing pages/components, creating a server, connecting a database, integrating APIs, and more. You could spend weeks searching these topics on Google.
Grow your portfolio
Add the final app you build to your portfolio. After learning how to build it from scratch, you can easily customize the code to make the app your own. Share it on your resume to land your next job.
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"As a former engineer turned PM that's a few years removed from writing code, Builder Book has been a quick and convenient way to brush up on full-stack development and learn React for a side project."
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"This book is by far the best I've found on the MERN stack. It also covers testing. Very comprehensive book with explanations so that you actually understand what the code does."
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San Francisco, CA
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"A clear explanation, possibility to see a result of your work step by step and finally get a real full-stack application makes programming a real joy. And the most important, this book pays special attention to a server-side rendering."
Ann Arbor, MI
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New York, NY
"I’m currently a college senior, and I'm planning to join a web development team for a full-time position after graduation. So this book is a great resource for that purpose."
Los Angeles, CA
"This book is giving me step-by-step, purposeful practice in building my first React app! I really appreciate the hands-on approach, as I think this is the best way to learn something new."
"What I like most about this book is that everything is explained in a way that I know what every line of code is doing. Most tutorials assume too much, and readers tend to lose track at some point."
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"It's a fantastic book that really gives you the opportunity to learn how to create a full application while going through the instrinic details as if they were separate applications."
"I love the matter-of-fact, unpretentious tone of this book and the fact that an actual, tangible project (rather than just a “Hello World” website) awaits us at the end."
"This book teaches you to develop a professional project from start to end, with good references and a real product (the site for the book is the web app you develop). Really a good job!"
"Really good book to help you learn React, as well as the entire stack to get a web app into production. The github project was really helpful as a reference."
"While I went to a code boot camp, I don't have the opportunity to use more than HTML and CSS at work. This book helps me expand into new technologies and establish myself as not just a designer but a developer."
"I was looking for help with getting started using Next + Jest and I found this book's instructions very easy to digest and use."
Los Angeles, CA
"As a student studying computer science, most of what we learn is theoretical. This book is the perfect guide to learn more about back-end, front-end, and how they all connect to make a responsive web app."
Kansas City, MO
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Wellington, New Zealand
"For those who want to build a complete, full-stack project using the MERN stack, this is a great resource. Particularly, the authentication using promise was highly useful."
"Builderbook is awesome. I love the fact that it goes beyond just building simple demos. It teaches you to build production apps. You learn to build the app that you use to read the book."
"Awesome full-stack tutorial that goes deep in-depth on a number of topics- this one stands above the crowd."
Central Visayas, Philippines
"Many online sources teach you to build things on a narrow vision, but this book gives you an excellent view of what you're actually building. Very helpful for developers of all levels."
Kelly is a front-end developer. She likes using React and Material Design and enjoys solving UX problems.