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Mastering React Test-Driven Development - Second Edition

By : Daniel Irvine
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Mastering React Test-Driven Development - Second Edition

By: Daniel Irvine

Overview of this book

Test-driven development (TDD) is a programming workflow that helps you build your apps by specifying behavior as automated tests. The TDD workflow future-proofs apps so that they can be modified without fear of breaking existing functionality. Another benefit of TDD is that it helps software development teams communicate their intentions more clearly, by way of test specifications. This book teaches you how to apply TDD when building React apps. You’ll create a sample app using the same React libraries and tools that professional React developers use, such as Jest, React Router, Redux, Relay (GraphQL), Cucumber, and Puppeteer. The TDD workflow is supported by various testing techniques and patterns, which are useful even if you’re not following the TDD process. This book covers these techniques by walking you through the creation of a component test framework. You’ll learn automated testing theory which will help you work with any of the test libraries that are in standard usage today, such as React Testing Library. This second edition has been revised with a stronger focus on concise code examples and has been fully updated for React 18. By the end of this TDD book, you’ll be able to use React, Redux, and GraphQL to develop robust web apps.
Table of Contents (26 chapters)
Part 1 – Exploring the TDD Workflow
Part 2 – Building Application Features
Part 3 – Interactivity
Part 4 – Behavior-Driven Development with Cucumber

Performing actions with render props

Each row of the table will hold a Create appointment action button. When the user has found the customer that they are searching for, they can press this button to navigate to the AppointmentForm component, creating an appointment for that customer.

We’ll display these actions by using a render prop that is passed to CustomerSearch. The parent component—in our case, App—uses this to insert its own rendering logic into the child component. App will pass a function that displays a button that causes a view transition in App itself.

Render props are useful if the child component should be unaware of the context it’s operating in, such as the workflow that App provides.

Unnecessarily complex code alert!

The implementation you’re about to see could be considered more complex than it needs to be. There are other approaches to solving this problem: you could simply have CustomerSearch render AppointmentFormLoader...