Hooks Tips Ep. 1 - The Dependency Array
February 06, 2019
This blog post is the first in what I expect to be a series on hooks, this blog post assumes you have a decent initial understanding of them. I highly suggest starting with the ReactJS Docs on them first.
Some of the built-in hooks from the React package expose a second argument which acts as an indicator or signal to React to determine if the function provided as the first argument to the hook should be invoked again.
In this post I will only reference
useEffect, however there are several hooks
which follow this pattern:
In general, the notes below will apply to these other hooks as well.
I have also ordered the examples below based off of how frequently they will most likely be used, the first being the most frequent example and the last being the least frequently used.
This example may be the most frequent example of using the
here we indicate to React that the function we provided to
count variable from the components own scope. React will then track the
count variable, and call the effect function when the
count value changes.
An Empty Dependency Array:
This example will call the function provided to
useEffect only on the
components first render. This can be useful for cases like tracking when a
component renders, or fetching some initial data that doesn't depend on any
No Dependency Array:
This will cause the function provided to
useEffect to be called on every
render of the App component.
This should be used rarely within regular code, frequently the function provided in this case is actually dependent on some value from the parent scope of the component and should be included in the array of dependencies like shown below.