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Donald Pham

Donald Pham
Toronto, Canada

"I use various online resources like udemy.com and acloud.guru for eLearning, but this book is the best thus far to get one up to speed with the necessary skill sets to immediately run a web application."

Earl Lee

Earl Lee
Washington, D.C.

"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."

Sam Reaves

Sam Reaves
Atlanta, GA

"I often use Udemy for learning specific technologies, but ended up using Builder Book after being impressed with their brochure site being the actual project you build. The up to date, step by step instructions with Github made creating the app a breeze."

Rick Hallett

Rick Hallett
United Kingdom

"Some of the code is challenging for a junior, but being stretched is a good experience. The authors have been particularly receptive to open-source issues and pull-requests; this latter point has made my experience a very worthwhile one. Strongly recommended to those going from junior to middleweight JavaScript developers."

Saul Ocampo

Saul Ocampo
Chicago, IL

"Amazing book to expand your knowledge of building a full stack application. It connected many of the dots I was experiencing when building my own apps. I now see the power of Next and look forward to building further applications."

Pham Minh Hung

Pham Minh Hung
HCMC, Vietnam

"Your book is amazing. I checked out two books published in 2018 (including BuilderBook) and I liked your book more since it covers things I like and it comes with the promise of updating the book regularly <= really like this."

Peter Tahinduka

Peter Tahinduka
Uganda

"I had a job interview, and the required frameworks were ExpressJS and React. Through some googling, I landed on this project. I have never been more optimistic about a career as a JavaScript programmer...thanks to Builderbook and the team that put this together.."

Salie Lie

Salie Lie
Singapore

"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."

Kamil Latosiński

Kamil Latosiński
Warsaw, Poland

"Everyone knows the meme 'if the authors of computer programming books wrote arithmetic books'. This book is very different. It's not another to-do list but a comprehensive guide of how to build a real-life application. I haven't found a better resource (and trust me, I have tried a lot)."

Ej Cruz

Ej Cruz
San Francisco, CA

"I'm going through tutorials from uDemy, Lynda, codeacademy, and my local community college. Though things do stick, a full scope is still kind of shaky. This book is something I've been needing!"

Thierry Michel

Thierry Michel
Liège, Belgium

"The way this book breaks things down into steps and explains each chunk of code individually before putting it all together is really helpful. A good example is how they explain why material-ui does not work by default with server-side rendering, how we need to inject the styles and subsequently remove the server-side styles."

Nicola Niro

Nicola Niro
Malta

"I really like how the book explains everything and in depth, even JavaScript stuff, without leaving anything for granted. Do you have a book for the saas boilerplate as well?."

Josh Horwitz

Josh Horwitz
Ann Arbor, MI

"I don't have a lot of experience with server-side rendered React, and Builder Book has taught me a lot about it in a short amount of time. I also never worked with Next.js, and this book has proved an invaluable resource."

Yuri Gor

Yuri Gor
Warsaw, Poland

"Material-UI + Next.js + NoSQL DB - it's exactly what I was trying to build by myself. Finally I found this blueprint project at github. I hope I will evolve the project into my own idea, in production! I highly recommend this book: it keeps good balance between detailed explanations and focus on the target, so you will not lose much time nor something important."

Dion Pettaway

Dion Pettaway
Columbia, SC

"As I'm someone who prefers reading to videos, I was hoping this book would be thorough and in depth. Happy to see that it was. I really like the explanations. It definitely solidified a few implementation things I never had a perfect grasp on (lightbulb moment for HOC even though I technically use them)."

Derek Hammitt

Derek Hammitt
Chicago, IL

"I'm in the exact place your book describes - feeling more and more comfortable with HTML/CSS/JavaScript, just getting started with React, building an API with Express, and struggling through my first full application. I've leaned Node and Express' docs, and MDN's Express tutorials. Your book is an awesome complement to those resources."

Stanley Festus

Stanley Festus
Helsinki, Finland

"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."

Cherian Porter

Cherian Porter
Houston, TX

"I love that this book is so straightforward. It's also very helpful with screenshots! I have the basics down and can see that this book is my next step in learning web development."

Quan Vu

Quan Vu
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."

Conor Brady

Conor Brady
Dublin, Ireland

"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."

Lily Barrett

Lily Barrett
Boston, MA

"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."

Massimiliano Bertinetti

Massimiliano Bertinetti
Turin, Italy

"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!"

Svitlana Shepitsena

Svitlana Shepitsena
Chicago, IL

"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."

Julian Mayorga

Julian Mayorga
Mendoza, Argentina

"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."

Justin Collier

Justin Collier
Lincoln, NE

"I was looking for help with getting started using Next + Jest and I found this book's instructions very easy to digest and use."

Rocio Roman

Rocio Roman
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."

Fabrizio Filippini

Fabrizio Filippini
Kansas City, MO

"I was looking to get into front-end and back-end development and this book gave me the perfect project to touch all aspects of web development. Great one-stop-shop learning tool!"

Kevin Gómez

Kevin Gómez
Medellin, Colombia

"There are tons of resources to learn React + Node, but none are like Builder Book. It's one of the best online resources to invest your money. You'll learn all you need to set up your React project following the 'learn by doing' principle."

Suresh Swamy

Suresh Swamy
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."

Taylor Cox

Taylor Cox
Tampa, FL

"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."

Owen Caulfield

Owen Caulfield
Cardiff, CA

"Awesome full-stack tutorial that goes deep in-depth on a number of topics- this one stands above the crowd."

Lester Infiesto

Lester Infiesto
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."

Bolaji Ogidan

Bolaji Ogidan
Lagos, Nigeria

"This book is insanely awesome for a developer that wants to master front-end engineering. The book is well structured and easy to understand."

Daniel Kapper

Daniel Kapper
Washington, D.C.

"I have learned so much from this book. It has made me a better developer. I am so happy I found the project, and I highly recommend it!"

Sam Baines

Sam Baines
Midlands, UK

"Excellent book for anyone looking to develop react/next/web app skills, even a relative beginner. Perfect for learning, and you build an app that can actually have uses like project/game documentation etc."

Charan Vinnakota

Charan Vinnakota
Bengaluru, India

"This book is a nice read, exactly what I was looking for! We need more books like these, especially when learning upcoming technologies like Material-UI and Next.js."

Ahsan Jamal

Ahsan Jamal
Karachi, Pakistan

"I'm a software engineer with basic knowledge of React. This book has advanced my skills in MERN stack development and taught me how React works with Material-UI, Stripe, Mailchimp, etc."

Vitaliy Starov

Vitaliy Starov
Moscow, Russia

"This book is very informative yet written in a friendly manner. Examples are easy to understand, and content is served in a learn-by-doing style."

Rohan Paul

Rohan Paul
Kolkata, India

"This book is indeed what I was looking for, covering a production-grade web app from scratch. It's one of the greatest I have seen on the MERN stack. I want to convey a big thanks to the authors for writing it."

Scott Horn

Scott Horn
Bellevue, WA

"Builder book provides a great foundation for getting started with modern tools and showing reusable examples of gradual app development including login, debugging, logging and deployment."

Umar Rana

Umar Rana
United Arab Emirates

"It's a great book, but I am disappointed there is no user password authentication, most used authentication system."

Mohamed BinOthman

Mohamed BinOthman
Chandigarh, India

"I'm a front-end developer and a teacher. This book is a very useful resource for me and my students. It's not like other books. It has a practical example and all principles that students need to build it."

Kingsley Silas

Kingsley Silas
Lagos, Nigeria

"Builder Book takes you from the ground up to building an application. You implement all features yourself and even deploy it, giving you confidence to work on real world projects. I'm glad that concepts are explained simply."

Hemant Goyal

Hemant Goyal
Alwar, India

"Builder Book is a super learning book that explains every corner of development with React. I highly recommend it to people."

Steffani Brasil

Steffani Brasil
Vancouver, BC

"I recommend this book to everyone who wants to understand how to build web applications with the latest technologies. The book has helped me achieve more solid knowledge of JavaScript."

Louis Wong

Louis Wong
United States

"I love project-based web development courses. Builder Book is a superb resource for learning how to build a full-stack project that you can actually make use of after all is said and done."

Rachel DiCesare

Rachel DiCesare
Fishkill, NY

"JavaScript can be a hard language. But reading this book certainly helps me understand JavaScript much better and how to build something awesome with it!"

Michelle Garcia

Michelle Garcia
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."

Jacolby Green

Jacolby Green
Plano, TX

"This book is well written and precise. It is easy to understand and very useful. I was not aware of how to get React to render on the server before but I was introduced in this tutorial. Great stuff."

Danh Nguyen

Danh Nguyen
Portland, OR

"Very pleased with the book's detailed explanations of design choices and modern web app topics along with the tutorials. In the end you don't just complete the app -you become a far more knowledgeable developer overall."

Shane MacBride

Shane MacBride
Chico, CA

"Great resource for learning an excellent suite of web technologies through a streamlined, hands-on process. No matter what background you come from, this book is an invaluable addition to your development arsenal."

Nick Isaacs

Nick Isaacs
Bengaluru, India

"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."

Genesis Gabiola

Genesis Gabiola
Central Luzon, Phillipines

"Builder Book teaches you the basic foundation of JavaScript up to the modern JavaScript concepts. Even a beginner without any code experience will be able to understand because of the well-explained examples."

Noel Cutler

Noel Cutler
London, UK

"I completed a Girls First Coding Course where I learned HTML, CSS, and Javascript to build a basic website. I've wanted to build a web app next, and this book is a great guide to do so."

Manot Luijiu

Manot Luijiu
Thailand

"Most other online courses taught me in 'dev environment' (can't use in real world). Therefore, they made me stuck in 'How to code in prod environment?'. Once I noticed that Builder Book will teach me about real production web app, I immediately purchased it."

Mirko Tebaldi

Mirko Tebaldi
Ferrara, Italy

"I was sure it was too expensive but 1) good books require time, 2) I love the 'life time upgrade' plan, 3) the book is teaching about google auth, and this is precious. I already have some prototypes using SSR thanks to your book."

Karolis Stulgys

Karolis Stulgys
Sydney, Australia

"The SSR setup is crazy and I have no idea what's going on :) Other than that it's great."