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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

Building parallel queries

A typical pattern that we often find the need to use is parallel queries. Parallel queries are queries that are executed at the same time to avoid having sequential network requests, often called network waterfalls.

Parallel queries help you avoid network waterfalls by firing all the requests simultaneously.

React Query allows us to perform parallel queries in two ways:

  • Manually
  • Dynamically

Manual parallel queries

This would probably be how you would do parallel queries if I asked you to do it right now. It involves just writing any number of useQuery hooks side by side.

This pattern is great when you have a fixed number of parallel queries you want to execute. This means that the number of queries you will perform will always be the same and not change.

This is how you can write parallel queries following this method:

const ExampleOne = () => {
  const { data: queryOneData  } = useQuery({