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State Management with React Query

By : Daniel Afonso
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State Management with React Query

By: Daniel Afonso

Overview of this book

State management, a crucial aspect of the React ecosystem, has gained significant attention in recent times. While React offers various libraries and tools to handle state, each with different approaches and perspectives, one thing is clear: state management solutions for handling client state are not optimized for dealing with server state. React Query was created to address this issue of managing your server state, and this guide will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively use React Query for state management. Starting with a brief history of state management in the React ecosystem, you’ll find out what prompted the split from a global state to client and server state and thus understand the need for React Query. As you progress through the chapters, you'll see how React Query enables you to perform server state tasks such as fetching, caching, updating, and synchronizing your data with the server. But that’s not all; once you’ve mastered React Query, you’ll be able to apply this knowledge to handle server state with server-side rendering frameworks as well. You’ll also work with patterns to test your code by leveraging the testing library and Mock Service Worker. By the end of this book, you'll have gained a new perspective of state and be able to leverage React Query to overcome the obstacles associated with server state.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Part 1: Understanding State and Getting to Know React Query
Part 2: Managing Server State with React Query

Configuring Mock Service Worker

When testing React applications, one question often asked is how to test API calls. This question often leads to a follow-up question: “How can I make sure my network requests return the data I expect so that my tests always receive the same data and don’t become flaky?” There are many ways to answer these questions, and many implementations we can follow. The most common implementation often leveraged is mocking your data-fetching clients.

While this approach works, one thing that I’ve seen often in all the projects that I have worked on that followed this method is that the more tests you write, the more unmaintainable they become. This is due to the fact that mocking things such as fetch or axios comes with a lot of boilerplate code to take care of things such as different routes being hit, different responses for the same route, and cleaning up your client mocks to avoid tests leaking on each other. Let us not forget...