State – React


State in React is an object with observable properties that determines how a component behaves and renders.

State is a feature that is only available to classes, and should be considered private data. State is only available within a component, and can be passed to child components using props

Example of a Stateful Class Component:

import React from 'react'; class App extends React.Component { constructor(props) { super(props); // We declare state below this.state = { x: "This is x from state", y: "This is y from state" } } render() { return ( <div> <h1>{this.state.x}</h1> <h2>{this.state.y}</h2> </div> ); } } export default App;

Another example using class properties and ES6 destructring:

Note: This example uses class fields which is a stage 3 proposal and is not a standard feature yet.

import React from 'react'; class App extends React.Component { state = { fruits: ['apple', 'banana', 'strawberry', 'watermelon'] } render() { // Destructure `fruits` property from this.state const { fruits } = this.state return ( <ul> { => ( <li key={fruit}> {fruit} </li> )) } </ul> ); } } export default App;

Updating State

You should never try to modify your state object directly. Instead, use the setState method to update state on your component.

this.setState({value: 1});

Keep in mind that setState may be asynchronous, so you should be careful when using the current state to set a new state. A good example of this would be if you want to increment a value in your state:

The Wrong Way

this.setState({value: this.state.value + 1});

This may lead to unexpected behavior if the code above is called multiple times in the same update cycle. To avoid this, you can pass an updater callback function to setState instead of an object. The updater callback has two parameters – state and props, both of which are guaranteed to be up-to-date.

The Correct Way

this.setState(prevState => ({value: prevState.value + 1}));

Using ES6 Destructuring

When only a limited number of properties in the state object are required, object destructing can improve readability.

this.setState(({ value }) => ({ value: value + 1 }));

When only a limited number of fields in the state object are required, object destructing can be used for cleaner code.

The “Functional Way”

The functional way declares state changes separately from the component classes. Hence,

// outside your component class function increment(state,props){ return { score: state.value +1 } } ... // inside your component class this.setState(increment)

Importing state via changes via functions helps keep each module as short as possible and can be used for cleaner code.

setState’s callback function

The setState method for class based React components also takes a second argument: a callback function that is called once state is successfully updated. This can be useful for performing tasks that rely on the most recent state value (but aren’t in the render method).

this.setState({ friends: 0}, () => this.findNewFriends()); ... findNewFriends = (friends = this.state.friends) => friends < 1 ? this.props.dispatch(getFriendSuggestions()) : this.props.dispatch(getCurrentChatRecords());

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