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Remove arity check from ref prop type #57

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ahuth commented Apr 8, 2019

In #54 we added a ref prop type, and in #55 added an arity check for callback refs. Unfortunately, that breaks a common pattern of having an empty function as a default value. For example:

function SomeButton({ buttonRef }) {
  return <button buttonRef={buttonRef} />;

SomeButton.defaultProps = {
  buttonRef() {}

We could leave the arity check and change default values to undefined, instead. However, that's an unknown amount of work, and I think we're better off removing the arity check and accepting functions with any number of arguments.

@ljharb , what do you think?

[patch] `ref`: Remove arity check
Checking for an arity of 1 for callback refs interferes with default values of optional ref props, which oftentimes are empty functions without any args.

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Add type parameter for airbnb-prop-types ref objects #34569

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ljharb commented Apr 9, 2019

Fair point; we could also accept both 0 and 1 but then are we really rejecting anything useful?


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ahuth commented Apr 9, 2019


@ahuth ahuth deleted the ahuth:refs-3 branch Apr 9, 2019

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