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React Design Patterns and Best Practices. - Second Edition

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React Design Patterns and Best Practices. - Second Edition

Overview of this book

React is an adaptable JavaScript library for building complex UIs from small, detached bits called components. This book is designed to take you through the most valuable design patterns in React, helping you learn how to apply design patterns and best practices in real-life situations. You’ll get started by understanding the internals of React, in addition to covering Babel 7 and Create React App 2.0, which will help you write clean and maintainable code. To build on your skills, you will focus on concepts such as class components, stateless components, and pure components. You'll learn about new React features, such as the context API and React Hooks that will enable you to build components, which will be reusable across your applications. The book will then provide insights into the techniques of styling React components and optimizing them to make applications faster and more responsive. In the concluding chapters, you’ll discover ways to write tests more effectively and learn how to contribute to React and its ecosystem. By the end of this book, you will be equipped with the skills you need to tackle any developmental setbacks when working with React. You’ll be able to make your applications more flexible, efficient, and easy to maintain, thereby giving your workflow a boost when it comes to speed, without reducing quality.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Free Chapter
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Section 1: Hello React!
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Section 2: How React works
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Section 3: Performance, Improvements and Production!

Creating Truly Reusable Components

To create truly reusable components, we have to understand the different possibilities that React gives us for defining components, and when it is better to choose one or another. A new type of component has been introduced in React that lets us declare a component as a stateless function. It is crucial to understand this component and learn when and why it should be used.

You may have already utilized the internal state of components, but you may still be unclear about when it should be used and the problems it can cause us. The best way to learn is by looking at examples, and we will do that by starting from a component that serves a single purpose and transforming it into a reusable one.

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • The different methods we can follow to create React components, and when we should use one rather than...