With the help of our readers, we've made over 200 improvements to our book.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Builder Book is a labor of love. It's obvious that Tima, Kelly and Delgermurun are not only passionate about software development and architectural design, they are also committed to providing an exceptional learning experience to those who are fortunate enough to read Builder Book. It's stated very clearly in the books introduction, many times we pour over resources and learn a little here and there, but when it comes to organizing everything into a meticulous pattern great for referencing in a new build or elsewhere, there's just not much to rely on short of maybe, our browsers bookmarks. Builder Book excels where our browser's bookmark falls short."
"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."
"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)."
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!"
"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."
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."
"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."
"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)."
"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."
"I found it very useful in helping to accelerate my next.js learning. I followed along with the book in building the sample app, and then used the async-labs/saas boilerplate to start a new app at my day job. The book definitely helped me get from 0 to 60 on next.js in a shot period of time, and I’m now feeling pretty comfortable with next.js. I also really like the hands on approach. Building a sample app is a great way to learn a new framework!"
"Going through the book now and it’s excellent. I took a boot camp last year, but haven’t really coded since. It is a great refresher of concepts, and for the new things I’m learning, it explains it concisely! I’ll be using these concepts for a SaaS app that I’m building."
"Builder Book helped me climb out of the Valley of Despair, which is the area between learning basic HTML and being able to code higher functions proficiently. It's rewarding work to get through each chapter and I can't wait to start the SaaS book."
"Thanks again for everything in the book, and all the help in the GitHub. Really appreciate how much you've all done to make my company come to life."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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
"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!"
"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."
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."
"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."
"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."
"This book is insanely awesome for a developer that wants to master front-end engineering. The book is well structured and easy to understand."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
United Arab Emirates
"It's a great book, but I am disappointed there is no user password authentication, most used authentication system."
"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."
"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."
"Builder Book is a super learning book that explains every corner of development with React. I highly recommend it to people."
"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."
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."
"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. One of the most useful things I have learned so far is how to integrate Material-UI with React on the client and server using Next.js."
"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."
"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."
"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."
Central Luzon, Phillipines
"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."
"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."
"The SSR setup is crazy and I have no idea what's going on :) Other than that it's great."
Pham Minh Hung
"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."
"Because I was a beginner(even now I'm a beginner), I had no idea about server-side and I thought examples would be helpful. I kept searching for examples on the internet and finally found the book on REACT homepage. Your book was well explained, so I could read it easily."
San Francisco, CA
"I was actually pretty disappointed, not because I don't think you did a great job writing the book - but because I found that the Next framework abstracts way too much. I'm a fairly experienced developer and was looking for a deeper dive into many things that are just abstracted away by Next. But it does look like an excellent resource for more beginner developers!"
São Paulo, Brasil
"Acho que já escrevi um review, mas se for possível um novo comentário, até agora estou aprendendo muito, quero agradecer ao idealizadores do livro, maravilhoso."
"I bought the book because I read the testimonials in your web and saw you were uploading everything to GitHub, that is so brave. You did and keep doing all this work and open-source it. I knew I could just read the code but wanted to support you too. I was searching node information to solve some things I needed to do for a freelance project."
"I found the reference of the book in the material-ui site. I think is a great job. Thanks for the effort."
"The intro content along with how you broke things down step by step and didn’t assume I knew how to do something was great. The other great thing is you can pull out any piece (authentication, using the next framework, stripe integration) whatever - and use that piece of knowledge in your project as well."
"I was searching for async/await and found my way to the Async product which led to Builder Book. I'm about halfway through the book and finding it really helpful. Thank you for putting this together. "
"I've just read first and second chapters of your book. I think, section "Material-UI integration" in first chapter is too complicated. And it can scare away newbies like me. Reading this chapter requires a good understanding of how JSS, React-JSS and Material-UI works. Maybe, if "Material-UI integration" is not a very popular use case, then it can be described in additional materials or in the last chapters. Overall, I'm happy with the book so far."
"I have been looking for such a book for a long time because every other course is teaching you how to build todo list apps that nobody cares about. So, thanks a lot for putting out such a resource."
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."
"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."
New York, NY
"Basically the content is good and it's well explained and rich of quality. I learned some features that I was looking to get such as how to combine Express, Next and React as well as Material UI. In addition, I learned some features that I were missing such as how to send out a welcome email. This is a very good real world tutorial that I recommend to developers who are looking to improve their skills."
"I’m a full stack developer and wanted to start to build an MVP to help generate some extra income and continue to build features on top of that. So I begin to search how I could do that using react and being able to render my data on the server side and your builder book product came up. And it attracted my attention, and wanted to try it out myself. So far I’m loving it."
"I couldn't find many full blown projects built with nextjs and material UI to learn from and your book helped me a lot in connecting the dots. The book could use some diagrams explaining how things integrate with each other and how data flows for a beginner like me. Overall the instructions has been clear and I have no trouble following."
"I have only just started to read the book. So far I am enjoying the content as it is clarifying the way many of these technologies required to build a web app works. Thus far it is very useful in saving me time without getting bogged down in the beginner details. "
"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."
New York, NY
"I found builder book using the first book's GitHub repo. From your first book, I was able to relaunch my website: https://michaelstromer.nyc. Thanks for making great content. I learned a lot in your second book, and am finishing up with the deployment this week."