Common patterns for customized hooks

Customized hooks are like helper functions in React, they encapsulate logics with different React native hooks: useState, useEffect, useCallback, useMemo, useContext, useRef. In this article, I am going to share some common patterns for customized hooks with the help of React native hooks.

Customized hooks should begin with with, to help React with identifying that it is a hook. The following chapter names could be named useYourHook.

Level 1 : Customized hook with a single native hook

useYourEffect

The usage of useEffect is to load something only on component mount and when its dependency array updates. It could be useful for some initializing work or for the tracking on page loads. If you want to share some logic between components with useEffect, then you can create your useYourEffect.

A good example could be useEventListener:

useYourContext

Context is replacing redux, with its handy hook coming out. In fact, redux is also using the Context API ! Without redux, we can easily share the data globally in your application with useYourContext.

useYourMemo

This hook is used for generating a memoized value. For example, here is a Hook to detect if you are in mobile mode:

Why there is not many useYourCallback

useCallback is a special hook, it is not used for preventing from being called only once, but is used for creating a memoized callback which will be passed into the Child component and prevent from the Child component reloading only because of the callback function. In other words, if the callback is not being passed to the child component, then useCallback is useless.

You can refer to this article I have written to clairy the difference between React.memo, useMemo and useCallback.

Level 2: Customized hook with compound native hooks

Sometimes, only one native hook is not enough, especially when you want to create a state management system like redux, or managing the data fetching.

useState + useCallback

It’s a common pattern for state management, when the state is not complicated. In your customized hook, useState is used to manage the data, and useCallback is used as handlers to update the data. Both data and handlers are exported.

For example, if you want to create a hook to manage the count with some complicated calculations:

The above function could be funny, but I bet you get the idea :)

useReducer + useContext

What if the data structure to manage is complicated ? In this case, useReducer is needed to manage the data structure in a reduce function, and export a dispatch function to update the state. useContext is optional, but it could be useful to pass the state and dispatch everywhere in your app.

Feel interested ? You can refer to this article that I have written to replace redux by useReducer and useContext.

In general, the idea is:

useData (useEffect + useState)

They are quite common patterns for fetching data. There are two possibilities: fetch with rest api or graphql.

With rest api:

It shows the idea, and a much better example could be found in robinwieruch’s blog.

Summary

React hooks give us the potential and flexibility to create customized hooks for different purposes: memoize, share data, locate dom, manage state, lifecycle management… It’s a really powerful tool and we should make good use of it.

Thanks for reading !

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