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React Hook Basics

April 15, 2019

Hooks introduces State and Lifecycle Methods to function-based components.

Hooks make it really easy to share logic between components.

Some Basic Hooks

useStateComponent-level state
useEffectUse ‘lifecycle methods’
useContextAllow use of context system
useRefAllow func component to use ref system
useReducerAllow func component to store data through a ‘reducer’

Before Hooks

// components/App.js
import React from 'react';

export default App extends React.Component {
    state = {
        counter: 0

    handleClick = () => this.setState({counter: this.state.counter++})

    render() {
        return <div>
            <button onClick={this.handleClick}>{this.state.counter}</button>

After Hooks

// components/App.js
import React, { useState, useEffect } from "react"

const App = () => {
  const [counter, setCounter] = useState(0)

  const updateCounter = () => setCounter(counter++)

  useEffect(() => {
    console.log("Counter updated!")
  }, [counter])

  return (
      <button onClick={updateCounter}>{counter}</button>

Lifecycles with useEffect

useEffect allows us to effectively use a combined version of componentDidMount and componentDidUpdate.


  • useEffect argument function cannot be an async func.
import React, { useEffect } from "react"

// second argument controls whether or not the arrow function is called
useEffect(() => {
  console.log("Counter updated!")
}, [counter])

Code Reuse Example

Believe it or not, what we can actually do is abstract the useEffect outside of the function component.

This is incredibly useful to create reuseable effects.

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