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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)


Hooks used in this custom hook: useState

Taking one example, we have had this idea of switching a state between true and false for a while. We use it in switchable cases, such as toggling a checkbox, hovering over a text, raising an error, or anything that simulates a light switch. See Figure 9.1 for one of the usages:

Figure 9.1 – useToggle

Can we abstract this idea to provide such boolean state as well as the toggle functionality? Let's start refactoring:

const useToggle = (initialStatus = false) => {
  const [status, setStatus] = useState(initialStatus)    
  const toggle = () => {
    dispatch(status => !status)
  return [status, toggle]

In the preceding code block, the useToggle custom hook takes an initialStatus as the input argument with false as the default value, and it returns the status and a toggle...