Converting existing repo to React?

Any tips for converting an existing repo into a React app? You can’t run npx create-react-app in an existing project. I’ve attempted to copy paste the guts from a clean install using create-react-app but getting the following errors…

Uncaught SyntaxError: Unexpected token ‘<’
0.chunk.js:1 Uncaught SyntaxError: Unexpected token ‘<’
main.chunk.js:1 Uncaught SyntaxError: Unexpected token ‘<’ Uncaught SyntaxError: Unexpected token ‘<’
inpage.js:1 HEAD http://localhost:3000/jermay/crypto-kittie/favicon.ico/ net::ERR_ABORTED 404 (Not Found)
a @ inpage.js:1
s @ inpage.js:1
(anonymous) @ inpage.js:1
sendSiteMetadata @ inpage.js:1
e @ inpage.js:1
manifest.json:1 Manifest: Line: 1, column: 1, Syntax error.

I’ve created a branch “react” for this. You can see the original version using jQuery in the “master branch”.

UPDATE: I got it to load! The issue was in my package.json. There was a “homepage” property and this changed the url react used to host the page to /localhost:3000/jermay/crypto-kittie this was messing up the url path to the generated script files “main.js”, “bundle.js”, manifest, etc. Now its served from just localhost:3000 and it loads!

But yah, tips for converting existing apps to React still welcome. I couldn’t find many relevant articles or videos for converting existing projects to full blown React apps.

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