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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

Refetching data with useQuery

Refetching is an important part of managing our server state. Sometimes, you need your data to be updated because your data has become stale or just because you haven’t interacted with your page in a while.

Manually or automatically, React Query supports and allows you to refetch your data.

In this section, we’ll see how it works and what automatic and manual ways you can leverage to refetch your data.

Automatic refetching

React Query has baked in a couple of options to make your life easier and keep your server state fresh. To do this, it automatically takes care of data refetching in certain cases.

Let’s look at the things that allow React Query to perform data refetching automatically.

Query keys

Query keys are used to identify your query.

When talking about query keys previously, I mentioned several times that we should include all of our query function dependencies as part of our query key. Why did I say...