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React Cheat Sheet

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              // React Element

// Tag syntax like "<p> ... </p>" is called JSX, and JSX produces a React element.
// React elements are the descriptions of what you want to see on the screen.
// React elements are imuutable and they can't be changed once they are defined.
// (See following React components for how you can update the DOM.)
const singleLineElement = <p>Hello World.</p>;

// When you split JSX over multiple lines, 
// it is recommended to wrap it in parentheses to avoid automatic semicolon insertion by editors.
// Expressions can be embedded in JSX. (JSX itself is also an expression.)
// React escapes any values embedded in JSX before rendering them to prevent injection attacks.
const href = "https://www.time.gov/";
const multipleLinesElement = (
		<a href={href} >Current Time: {new Date().toLocaleTimeString()}</a>

// React Component
// React components accept inputs (props) and return React elements.
// They can be defined with "function" or "class", and used in JSX format like "<MyComponents />".

// React component in the "class" style
// React component extends React.Component class.
// Component name (= class name) must be started with a capital letter.
class ClassComponent extends React.Component {

	// Constructor recieves JSX attributes as a single props object.
	// React component must not modify its own props.	
	constructor(props) {

		// Constructor should always call the base constructor with props.

		// this.state is a special object used to store the state of the component.
		// this.state can be initialized only in the constructor.
		this.state = {value: 1};

		// Assign "this" to methods to handle events.
		this.handleChange = this.handleChange.bind(this);

	// Define a method to handle an event.
	// React passes SyntheticEvent according to the W3C spec.
	handleChange(event) {

	// Use setState() method to modify the state.
	// setState() merges the object you provide into the current state.
	this.setState({value: event.target.value});
	// Use callback when you modify the state based on previous state.
	// (The update of the state may be asynchronous.)
	// 	this.setState((prevState, props) => ({
	// 		counter: prevState.counter + props.increment
	// 	}));
	// render() returns a single root React element which will be shown in the DOM. 
	// If render() returns null, the component will not be rendered.
	render() {
		return (
					<input type="number" value={this.state.value} onChange={this.handleChange} />
				<FunctionComponent number={this.state.value} />

	// componentDidMount() is called after the component output has been rendered to the DOM.
	componentDidMount() {

	// componentWillUnmount() is called when the component is being removed from the DOM.
	componentWillUnmount() {

// React component in the "function" style
function FunctionComponent(props) {

	const number = props.number;
	var listItems = [];
	// When you define a list, a "key" attribute needs to be specifined in every element of the list.
	// (Keys help React identify which items have changed, are added, or are removed.)
	// Keys used within arrays should be unique among their siblings.
	for(var i=0; i<number; i++) {
//	for(var i=0; i<number; i++) {
			<li key={i.toString()}>{i+1}</li>

	return (

// ReactDOM.render() renders React components (or elements).
// Pass a component or an elemment to render and root DOM where you want to show it.
// React DOM updates only necessary parts of the DOM.
	<ClassComponent />,

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