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React and React Native - Third Edition

By : Adam Boduch, Roy Derks
Book Image

React and React Native - Third Edition

By: Adam Boduch, Roy Derks

Overview of this book

React and React Native, Facebook’s innovative User Interface (UI) libraries, are designed to help you build robust cross-platform web and mobile applications. This updated third edition is improved and updated to cover the latest version of React. The book particularly focuses on the latest developments in the React ecosystem, such as modern Hook implementations, code splitting using lazy components and Suspense, user interface framework components using Material-UI, and Apollo. In terms of React Native, the book has been updated to version 0.62 and demonstrates how to apply native UI components for your existing mobile apps using NativeBase. You will begin by learning about the essential building blocks of React components. Next, you’ll progress to working with higher-level functionalities in application development, before putting this knowledge to use by developing user interface components for the web and for native platforms. In the concluding chapters, you’ll learn how to bring your application together with a robust data architecture. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to build React applications for the web and React Native applications for multiple mobile platforms.
Table of Contents (33 chapters)
Section 1: React
Section 2: React Native
Section 3: React Architecture

Performing initialization and cleanup actions

Often, our React components need to perform actions when the component is created. For example, a common initialization action is to fetch API data that the component needs. Another common action is to make sure that any pending API requests are canceled when the component is removed. In this section, you'll learn about the useEffect() Hook and how it can help you with these two scenarios. You'll also learn how to make sure that the initialization code doesn't run too often.

Fetching component data

The useEffect() Hook is used to run "side-effects" in your component. Another way to think about side effect code is that functional components have only one job: return JSX content to render. If the component needs to do something else, such as fetching API data, this should be done in a useEffect() Hook. For example, if you were to just make the API call as part of your component function, you would likely introduce race...