React State Hooks vs. React Classes in 2 mins
The React team seems to have their ear to the ground as they’ve noticed there’s some help needed in managing [simple] state.
Redux and Flux frameworks are great but they’ve got a learning curve, lots of boilerplate and integration cost to get started.
React Hooks have come along and hopes to provide a simple API to:
- Easily allow reusue of stateful logic between components
- Reduce complexity (E.g. class lifecycle methods or requirement for Flux frameworks)
Let’s jump straight in with a simple stateful toggle component.
Before using classes and
I think that’s a remarkable improvement.
There’s a whole lot more powerful stuff in the hooks API including the Effect Hook and reducers but the React docs do a fabulous job of clearly explaining — https://reactjs.org/docs/hooks-intro.html.
The main gotchas I see at time of writing is the need to use the alpha/next track (React v16.7.0-alpha+) and that it’ll be a reasonable rewrite to move away from stateful classes as you won’t get automatic spread inclusion of object properties when setting state. E.g:
The main benefit I’m seeing is being able to write more (near) stateless functional components and having a highly testable API. Exciting times ahead 🙏.