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React Design Patterns and Best Practices

By : Michele Bertoli
Book Image

React Design Patterns and Best Practices

By: Michele Bertoli

Overview of this book

Taking a complete journey through the most valuable design patterns in React, this book demonstrates how to apply design patterns and best practices in real-life situations, whether that’s for new or already existing projects. It will help you to make your applications more flexible, perform better, and easier to maintain – giving your workflow a huge boost when it comes to speed without reducing quality. We’ll begin by understanding the internals of React before gradually moving on to writing clean and maintainable code. We’ll build components that are reusable across the application, structure applications, and create forms that actually work. Then we’ll style React components and optimize them to make applications faster and more responsive. Finally, we’ll write tests effectively and you’ll learn how to contribute to React and its ecosystem. By the end of the book, you’ll be saved from a lot of trial and error and developmental headaches, and you will be on the road to becoming a React expert.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
React Design Patterns and Best Practices
About the Author
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Chapter 4. Compose All the Things

In the previous chapter, we saw how to create reusable components with a clean interface. Now, it is time to learn how to make those components communicate with each other effectively.

React is so powerful because it lets you build complex applications composing small, testable, and maintainable components. Applying this paradigm, you can take control of every single part of the application.

In this chapter, we will go through some of the most popular composition patterns and tools.

We will see the following:

  • How components communicate with each other using props and children

  • The Container and Presentational pattern and how it can make our code more maintainable

  • The problem mixins tried to solve and why they failed

  • What HoCs are and how we can structure our applications in a better way, thanks to them

  • The recompose library with its ready-made functions

  • How we can interact with the context and avoid coupling our components to it

  • What is the Function as Child component...