In most cases, you’re already using it. You don’t have to download, configure, and maintain Sencha Cmd. You really have no direct interaction with it, either with Ext JS + Reactor or ExtReact. The Webpack plugin has an npm-wrapped version of Sencha Cmd as a dependency, so it handles all of that for you. It calls your code, looks for the components you’re using, and feeds all of that information into Sencha Cmd. Then, Cmd can build a minimal bundle. It’s all handled automatically.
Licensing, Maintenance, and Support FAQs
The components in ExtReact and Ext JS are equivalent. If you’re already developing Ext JS applications and you have no plans to do React development, then you can continue using Ext JS. If you are planning to develop both Ext JS and React apps, then you can use Ext JS + Reactor library. If you have a team that is just focused on building React apps, then ExtReact is a great way to leverage their React knowledge and harness the power of Sencha’s comprehensive set of components.
You should choose the best combination for your project, based on whether your team is focused on building Ext JS and React apps or solely focused on React apps (see next question). We are absolutely committed to providing fully supported commercial frameworks for developers who want to build modern web apps. See the Ext JS product page for details on the latest release.
Yes, you get all the same components with both. If you’re used to using a component in Ext JS, it will do all the same things in ExtReact. It’s just the way you interact with them and create them that’s different – JSX versus Ext.create.
Yes, ExtReact plays well and works with Redux. If you’re using Redux, you’re in luck because we have a lot of good examples using Redux with ExtReact. For example, our Kitchen Sink examples use Redux, and the ExtReact Conference Example uses Redux in addition to React Grabber. You can read this recent article on our blog, Using ExtReact Stores in Flux Apps, that dives into a couple of different ways you can use the Ext JS data package and store with Redux. It also includes how the two should be oriented with respect to one another. We have great support for Redux, but you can use ExtReact with any implementation of Flux.
ExtReact enables developers to offer their end users a great experience. Developers will be able to add sophisticated components for data analytics and data visualization which are critical as web apps are becoming more data intensive. Our theming system enables designers and developers to quickly create a fresh looking application that leverages the latest trends in application design – including Material Design. Our layout management system ensures that the application will display beautifully across device types including the desktop, tablet and smartphone ensuring that the application end user gets to have the right experience on the right screen at the right time.
We are absolutely committed to providing fully supported commercial frameworks for developers that want to build modern web apps. We just released Ext JS 6.5, which embraces many elements of ES6 and enables developers to build progressive web apps. ExtReact uses Ext JS as its foundation, so continuing to innovate is critical.
ExtReact is a separate product with its own license and pricing. You can buy ExtReact to add components to your React apps. ExtReact Std is $695 per developer per year and ExtReact Premium is $1,195, both include Support, and you must be current on your subscription to develop applications. Rights to distribute and use applications are perpetual.
Sencha customers who already have an Ext JS license can use Ext JS components in React simply by using the extjs-reactor npm package on GitHub (which is governed by the MIT license).
Yes, ExtReact uses the data package to get data into grids, trees, charts, and more. You have the option of using a Proxy to fetch data from the back end, or simply using an in-memory store and fetching the data by other means, for example redux-thunk. To learn more, read the Using Ext.data.Store Within Flux Apps guide.
We are hosting private NPM repositories for both the trial and commercial versions of ExtReact. NPM is used to download ExtReact just as you would for any other React app.
ExtReact is specifically for React web apps.
ExtReact helps developers build beautiful web applications faster than ever before. It accelerates time to market, reduce integration risks and lower the ongoing maintenance burdens. ExtReact comes with 115+ fully tested and supported components that are all designed to work together over the lifetime of the application.
We saw a clear market opportunity for ExtReact. We have been helping organizations all over the world build data-intensive applications featuring powerful UI components for the last decade. Our focus has been on providing developers with everything they need to build data-intensive commercial web apps – meaning a full framework, robust components and productivity boosting tools.
We recognized that React is growing rapidly in popularity and that there wasn’t a full commercial component set available to the React developers. They often have to assemble the components from various open source projects and a limited number of commercial vendors. Integrating all of these components together and with the React framework can cause project delays, create integration risks and ongoing maintenance challenges. We knew we could provide a better solution with our comprehensive set of UI components.
Sencha Studio provides you with an easy-to-use UI to connect Sencha Test to a Selenium Grid or a browser farm, using appropriate credentials. Once this connection is established, the browsers are available for you to use in Sencha Test Studio and through the Sencha Test Command Line.
No, you don’t need Selenium server for test creation. Although you need it for executing WebDriver tests. Sencha Test has an embedded Selenium server and Chrome browser instance. This is particularly useful to create and debug tests. Once debugged, tests can be run on a remote Selenium grid or a browser farm.
Sencha Test leverages Selenium WebDriver to facilitate multi-page application testing. By creating a WebDriver scenario from Sencha Studio, tests can be created using Sencha Test APIs.
No. You can use your existing Jasmine tests within Sencha Tests as long as your tests are compatible with Jasmine version 2.4.