Syntax error in ReactJS

I'm starting to learn ReactJS and I'm following instructions in a book on getting started. My directory structure looks like this:

app/App.js node_modules index.html package.json webpack.config.js

I think that the culprit of the problem is this error message from CLI:

ERROR in ./app/App.js Module build failed: SyntaxError: c:/code/pro-react/my-app/app/App.js: Unexpected token (6:6) 4 | render() { 5 | return ( > 6 | <h1>Hello World</h1> | ^ 7 | ); 8 | } 9 | }

The contents of App.js are:

import React from 'react'; class Hello extends React.Component { render() { return ( <h1>Hello World</h1> ); } } React.render(<Hello />, document.getElementById('root'));

Here is the contents of package.json:

{ "name": "my-app", "version": "1.0.0", "description": "", "main": "index.js", "scripts": { "start": "node_modules/.bin/webpack-dev-server --progress", "test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1" }, "author": "", "license": "ISC", "devDependencies": { "babel-core": "^6.4.5", "babel-loader": "^6.2.1", "webpack": "^1.12.11", "webpack-dev-server": "^1.14.1" }, "dependencies": { "react": "^0.14.6" } }

And the contents of webpack.config.js are:

module.exports = { entry: __dirname + "/app/App.js", output: { path: __dirname, filename: "bundle.js" }, module: { loaders: [{ test: /\.jsx?$/, loader: 'babel' }] } };

I launch the application from CLI with the command:

npm start

And when I go to http://localhost:8080 in Dev Tools there is an error message:

GET http://localhost:8080/bundle.js 404 (Not Found)

But as I said, I think that the culprit is that it doesn't like the syntax so it doesn't make the bundle.js file. Please let me know what I'm doing wrong.


I think it happens because you are using babel-6 without babel presets, in this case you need babel-preset-es2015 and babel-preset-react.,

# For ES6/ES2015 support npm install babel-preset-es2015 --save-dev # Fot JSX support npm install babel-preset-react --save-dev

then change webpack config

{ test: /\.jsx?$/, loader: 'babel', query: { presets: ['es2015', 'react'], } }

or instead of using query you can create .babelrc file with content

{ "presets": ["es2015", "react"] }

also you need install react-dom and use ReactDOM.render instaed or React.render


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