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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 7. Make Your Components Look Beautiful

Our journey into React best practices and design patterns has now reached the point where we want to make our components look beautiful. To do that, we will go through all the reasons why regular CSS may not be the best approach for styling components, and we will check out various alternative solutions.

Starting with inline styles, then Radium, CSS Modules, and Styled Components, this chapter will guide you into the magical world of CSS in JavaScript.

The topic is very hot and highly controversial, so this chapter requires an open mind in order to be understood and followed.

In this chapter, we will cover the following:

  • Common problems with regular CSS at scale

  • What it means to use inline styles in React and the downsides

  • How the Radium library can help fix issues of inline styles

  • How to set up a project from scratch using Webpack and CSS Modules

  • Features of CSS Modules and why they represent a great solution to avoid global CSS

  • Styled Components, a...