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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

Tools and libraries

In the next section, we will go through some techniques, tools, and libraries that we can apply to our codebase to monitor and improve the performance.


As we have seen, the most powerful tool we can use to improve the performance of our React application is the shouldComponentUpdate using the PureComponent.

The only problem is that the PureComponent uses a shallow comparison method against the props and state, which means that if we pass an object as a prop and we mutate one of its values, we do not get the expected behavior.

In fact, a shallow comparison cannot find mutation on the properties and the components never get re-rendered, except when the object itself changes.

One way to solve this issue is using immutable data: Data that, once it gets created, cannot be mutated.

For example, we can set the state in the following mode:

const obj = this.state.obj = 'bar' 
this.setState({ obj }) 

Even if the value of the foo attribute of the object is changed...