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Rendering Multiple Components

  • Map() takes a list and returns a transformed new list
  • Escape the JavaScript within JSX using {}
NumberList (props) => {
  const numbers = props.numbers;
  const listItems = numbers.map((number) =>
    <li>{number}</li>
  );
  return (
    <ul>{listItems}</ul>
  );
}

const numbers = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5];

ReactDOM.render(
  <NumberList numbers={numbers} />,
  document.getElementById('root')
);

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Multiple Components with Keys

NumberList = (props) => {
  const numbers = props.numbers;
  const listItems = numbers.map((number) =>
    <li key={number.toString()}>
      {number}
    </li>
  );
  return (
    <ul>{listItems}</ul>
  );
}

const numbers = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5];
ReactDOM.render(
  <NumberList numbers={numbers} />,
  document.getElementById('root')
);

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Component Keys Explained

  • Keys identify which components have changed, are added, or removed
  • Arrays of Components should have unique keys
  • Database IDs can make good Keys
  • Indexes of the Components are a good backup
ListItem = (props) => {
  // Correct! There is no need to specify the key here:
  return <li>{props.value}</li>;
}

NumberList = (props) => {
  const numbers = props.numbers;
  const listItems = numbers.map((number) =>
    // Correct! Key should be specified inside the array.
    <ListItem key={number.toString()}
              value={number} />

  );
  return (
    <ul>
      {listItems}
    </ul>
  );
}

const numbers = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5];

ReactDOM.render(
  <NumberList numbers={numbers} />,
  document.getElementById('root')
);

Why Keys are Important Indexes Can Impact Performance

Component Keys - Common Mistake

  • Keys live on the components
  • Keys do not live on the content of the component
ListItem = (props) => {
  const value = props.value;
  return (
    // Wrong! There is no need to specify the key here:
    <li key={value.toString()}>
      {value}
    </li>
  );
}

NumberList (props) => {
  const numbers = props.numbers;
  const listItems = numbers.map((number) =>
    // Wrong! The key should have been specified here:
    <ListItem value={number} />
  );
  return (
    <ul>
      {listItems}
    </ul>
  );
}

const numbers = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5];
ReactDOM.render(
  <NumberList numbers={numbers} />,
  document.getElementById('root')
);

Unique Component Keys

Blog = (props) => {
  const sidebar = (
    <ul>
      {props.posts.map((post) =>
        <li key={post.id}>
          {post.title}
        </li>
      )}
    </ul>
  );
  const content = props.posts.map((post) =>
    <div key={post.id}>
      <h3>{post.title}</h3>
      <p>{post.content}</p>
    </div>
  );
  return (
    <div>
      {sidebar}
      <hr />
      {content}
    </div>
  );
}

const posts = [
  {id: 1, title: 'Hello World', content: 'Welcome to learning React!'},
  {id: 2, title: 'Installation', content: 'You can install React from npm.'}
];
ReactDOM.render(
  <Blog posts={posts} />,
  document.getElementById('root')
);

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Embedding Array.map() in JSX

  • JSX can be escaped, and then embed JSX in the escaped JavaScript
  • Arrya.map() can then be included inline
  • Multiple nested embeddings signals that a Component might need extraction
NumberList = (props) => {
  const numbers = props.numbers;
  const listItems = numbers.map((number) =>
    <ListItem key={number.toString()}
              value={number} />

  );
  return (
    <ul>
      {listItems}
    </ul>
  );
}
NumberList = (props) => {
  const numbers = props.numbers;
  return (
    <ul>
      {numbers.map((number) =>
        <ListItem key={number.toString()}
                  value={number} />

      )}
    </ul>
  );
}