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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)
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Section 1: Hello React!
Section 2: How React works
Section 3: Performance, Improvements and Production!

The state

We have seen how to create a component with the factory, extending the React class, or using stateless functional components.

Let's now go deeper into the topic of state and see exactly why it is important to use it and find out how it works.

We will learn when we should use stateless functions rather than stateful components, and why that represents a fundamental decision in designing components.

External libraries

First of all, it is important to understand why we should consider using the state inside our components, and why it can help us in different ways.

Most of the tutorials or boilerplates for React already include external libraries to manage the state of the application, such as Redux or MobX.