Book Image

React Design Patterns and Best Practices. - Second Edition

Book Image

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
1
Section 1: Hello React!
4
Section 2: How React works
9
Section 3: Performance, Improvements and Production!

Summary

The journey through data fetching in React has come to an end, and you now know how to send and retrieve data to and from API endpoints. We saw how data flow works in React and why the approach it enforces can make our applications simple and clean.

We went through some of the most common patterns to make children and parents communicate using callbacks. We learned how we could use a common parent to share data across components that are not directly connected.

In the second section, we started with a simple component, which was able to load data from GitHub, and we made it reusable, thanks to HoCs. We have now mastered the techniques that let us abstract the logic away from components so that we can make them as dumb as possible, thus improving their testability.

We learned how we could use react-refetch to apply data fetching patterns to our components and avoid reinventing...