I’m taking the Udemy course React - The Complete Guide and today it was time for the assignment after section 3: “Understanding the Base Features & Syntax”.

🏆 Nailed the assignment without peaking, but can’t say I found it easy. Spent a lot of time rewatching the video with instructions over and over to understand what they actually meant, wrote a lot of code that didn’t compile, referred to previous code from the course, rewatched certain lessons. Phew.

Now writing up some notes for me to repeat & reference later:

Create new components 🌱

  • Make new directory with a new file, named like component (but TitleCase here)
  • Create a function component (unless I need to manage state, then consider class component)
  • Remember naming conventions with camelCase
// Enable my JSX to be converted to React elements
import React from 'react';

// Create the component itself as a function
const myComponent = () => { ... }

// Make it possible to access this component from another file
export default myComponent;

Use new component inside App.js ⛽️

// Make it possible to add the new component in this container
import MyComponent from "./MyComponent/MyComponent.js";
return (
  // Add my new component as a self-closing tag
  <MyComponent />

Set up some props 🎭

// Pass a prop (string for now, but something else later)
<MyComponent myDynamicContent="will come here later" />
// Accept a props argument in the function
const myComponent = (props) => {
  // Output the prop to display it in the browser
  return <div> {props.myDynamicContent} </div>;

Manage state in the container ♻️

  • Add state inside the App.js class component
// Add state property to the class with a new username property
state = { developer: "Elisabeth" };
// Add a method to be able to manipulate the state
changeDeveloperHandler = (event) => {
  this.setState({ developer: event.target.value });
// Pass something dynamic from the state to the component
<MyComponent myDynamicContent={this.state.developer} />

Pass event handler and bind it to event 🤹🏼‍♀️

  // Pass a reference to the event handler method
  // Enable the two-way binding by passing a reference
const userInput = (props) => {
  return (
      // Bind my event handler to the change event
      // Add two-way binding

While I follow all this technically and made it work in my actual app code, I don’t get how it’s a great idea to pass references back and forth between small files like this. Wouldn’t it then be easier to read if more code was gathered in slightly larger files?!

Add styles 🎨

const mySpecialInputStyle = {
  padding: "0.5rem 1rem",
  border: "3px solid teal",
  fontSize: "1.25rem",
  fontFamily: "Monaco, sans-serif",
  color: "slategray",
  marginBottom: "1rem",
    // Add the style attribute to the element
    <input style={mySpecialInputStyle} />

Task was to use both inline and adding separate stylesheets. CSS is my home turf, so this part is easy. And I have to admit, I can already feel my annoyance for the weird syntax slightly waning — all thought I’m still not convinced it’s a good idea.

But yay! Section 3 all done and thoroughly dusted. Only 27 more to go…