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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
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback


In this chapter, we have looked at a lot of interesting topics. We started by going through the problems of CSS at scale, specifically, the problems that they had at Facebook while dealing with CSS.

We learned how inline styles work in React and why it is good to co-locate the styles within components. We also looked at the limitations of inline styles.

Then, we moved to Radium, which solves the main problems of inline styles, giving us a clear interface to write our CSS in JavaScript. For those who think that inline styles are a bad solution, we moved into the world of CSS Modules, setting up a simple project from scratch.

Importing the CSS files into our components makes the dependencies clear, and scoping the class names locally avoids clashes. We have looked at how CSS Module's composes is a great feature, and how we can use it in conjunction with Atomic CSS to create a framework for quick prototyping.

Finally, we had a quick look at Styled Components, which is a very promising library...