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The Path to Becoming a Senior React Engineer: Lessons Learned

Asim Zaidi
5 min readMar 19

As a seasoned developer with several years of experience, I decided to take on the challenge of becoming a senior React engineer. I knew that it would require a deep understanding of the framework and a commitment to best practices, but I was ready for the challenge. Drawing from my experiences building internal tools for Atlassian and working at a startup, I embarked on this journey with enthusiasm and dedication.

Through this journey, I learned several critical lessons that helped me improve my React development skills and become a valuable asset to my team. In this article, I will share these lessons and provide real-world examples of how they helped me overcome challenges and accelerate my path to becoming a senior React engineer.

Whether you are a junior developer looking to improve your React skills or an experienced developer looking to take your skills to the next level, these lessons will provide you with the guidance and insights you need to succeed. So, join me on this journey as we explore the path to becoming a senior React engineer and learn from the lessons I learned along the way.

Lesson 1: Master the Fundamentals

The first step in becoming a senior React engineer is to master the fundamentals. This includes understanding the core concepts of React, such as components, state, props, and lifecycle methods. You also need to have a solid understanding of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS, as these languages are used extensively in React development.

At Atlassian, I had to work with a team of developers who had varying levels of experience with React. To ensure that we were all on the same page, we established coding standards and best practices. We also developed a style guide that outlined how we used React components, CSS styles, and JavaScript functions. This helped us maintain consistency across the project and made it easier to onboard new developers.

Lesson 2: Focus on Performance

As your React applications grow in complexity, it’s essential to focus on performance. This means optimizing your code to reduce load times and minimize the impact on the user experience. Some of the most common performance optimization…

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