By WalkingTree   September 09, 2020

React State Management Today

The rise of ReactJS was a result of its simplicity with its performance benefits. The rendering efficiencies from the virtual DOM and reusable components brought many developers to choose to React. However, the lack of effective solutions when it comes to state management has been a recurring problem and this led to the rise of Facebook’s new state management library, Recoil. 

Libraries such as Redux do an effective job in solving the core issues, however, this comes with its own problems:

  • Steep learning curve
  • Restructuring business logic
  • Too much boilerplate 
  • No concurrent mode support 

What is Recoil? 

Recoil is Facebook’s new experimental state management library that directly addresses the problems above. With constant updates and dev tools similar to Redux, Recoil is in the early stages but is certainly making a push. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of Recoil: 

  • Minimal Boilerplate: Getting started with recoil is as simple as wrapping the parent component in <RecoilRoot>. Developers can have the ability to create as many independent global states.
  • Easy to learn React approach: Recoil state management looks and feels just like using React Hooks. For example, the useRecoilState hook subscribes a component to the given state.
  • Improved Performance: Being able to directly subscribe components to atoms and selectors leads to performance upgrades. This avoids re-renders between states that are not shared. 

Read on to know more about React to state management and Facebook’s Recoil.


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