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Designing React Hooks the Right Way

By : Fang Jin
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Designing React Hooks the Right Way

By: Fang Jin

Overview of this book

React hook creates a unique solution for using states in function components to orchestrate UI communication. They provide you with an easy interface to write custom data management solutions with low development and maintenance costs. Understanding how Hooks are designed enables you to use them more effectively, and this book helps you to do just that. This book starts with a custom-crafted solution to reveal why Hooks are needed in the first place. You will learn about the React engine and discover how each built-in Hook can manage a persistent value by hooking into it. You will walk through the design and implementation of each hook with code so that you gain a solid understanding. Finally, you'll get to grips with each Hook's pitfalls and find out how to effectively overcome them. By the end of this React book, you'll have gained the confidence to build and write Hooks for developing functional and efficient web applications at scale.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Chapter 8: Use Ref to Hide Stuff

In the previous chapter, we learned how the React context is designed and how to use a useContext hook to make an update for an area. In this chapter, we will introduce another React entity, a ref. We will learn how to access a DOM element via a ref and walk through the design and source code behind the useRef hook. We will also describe how to work with a persistent value without dispatching an update. In the end, we'll apply refs to a couple of practical problems, such as clicking outside of the menu, avoiding memory leaks, setting up a mule, and locating the current value. And we'll also reveal two bonus topics in the Appendix section, the callback ref and forward ref.

We will cover the following topics in this chapter:

  • Accessing DOM elements
  • Understanding useRef design
  • State without an update
  • Test driving useRef
  • useRef examples
  • Questions and answers
  • Appendix