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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!

Prop types

Our goal is to write truly reusable components, and to do that we have to define their interface in the clearest possible way.

If we want our components to be reused across the application, it is crucial to make sure that our components and their parameters are well-defined and straightforward to use.

With React, there is a powerful tool that lets us express, in a very simple way, the name of the props that a component expects to receive, and some validation rules for each one of them.

The rules relate to the type of property, as well as to whether the property is optional or required. There is also the option to write custom validation functions.

Since React 15.5.0, the PropTypes attributes are no longer part of the React core. Instead, you need to install a separate package called prop-types to use it.
npm install --save-dev prop-types

Let's start with a very...