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MinHooks drawing

A project to layout global and local state patterns with React, React Hooks, and Context.

This repository intends to provide a compact version of commonly used patterns in React. It should be useful in the investigation of these patterns and how potentially other patterns could be used in conjunction with the existing patterns.

The example application functions to enable the maintenance of a list of widget names. The user can view, add, update, and delete widgets on this list. A messages system exists to display messages.

Global State

A Flux style pattern is used to maintain state globally in the application. This Flux style pattern consists of actions, dispatcher, stores, and views. I am most familiar with the explanation provide by the Flux library Flux. One of the critical points of the Flux pattern is a one-way data flow through Action, Dispatcher, State, and View

This Flux style pattern is created with React Hooks and combined with React Context to create the global state.


Actions are provided as a way of interacting with the application. Actions are represented as methods on an action object. This action object can be called in the following ways.


The custom useAction Hook

The action object is created with the useAction hoook

function useAction(state: StateInterface, dispatch: dispatchInterface)
  : AppActionsInterface {
  function addWidgetName(widgetName: string): void {
      type: actionTypes.ADD_WIDGET_NAME,
  return {


The Dispatcher is defined by a reducer.

function reducer(state: StateInterface, action: UnionInterface): StateInterface {
  switch (action.type) {
    case actionTypes.ADD_WIDGET_NAME:
      return Object.assign({}, state, {...})
    case actionTypes.EDIT_WIDGET_NAME:
      return Object.assign(...) },


The global values are stored in a state object.

const state = {
  widgetNames: [],
  lastUpdate: '',
  isShowingMessage: true,
  message: 'Welcome',


Views in React have the potential to be very minimal due to the Context. React Compoent definition has the potentioal to give the declarative code clear meaning.

    <Header />    
    <AddUpdateItem />
    <ListItems />
    <MessageControl />
    <MessageDisplay />

The Provider

A Provider provides actions and state. Use the React Hook useReducer to produce a dispatcher from the reducer function. Use a custom hook useAction to produce an action object from the state and dispatcher.

const StoreProvider: React.FC = ({ children }) => {
  const [state, dispatch]: [StateInterface, dispatchInterface] = React
    .useReducer(reducer, defaultState)
  const actions: AppActionsInterface = useAction(state, dispatch)
  return (
    <StoreContext.Provider value={{ state, actions }}>

The Consumer

Finally the values from the state and actions are consumed by the component.

  {({ state, actions }) => (
  // use state and actions here

Style JSS

Style sheets can be done in many different ways. This application uses JSS styles that are controlled in a global state. Style in the global state has many benefits, including ease of theme changing. A property on the state can be used to provide JSS class names to components. Changing themes then involves calling the correct action to change the states' property.

const state = {
  cssSheet: { classes: {} },


Working with Jest to test React is a relief from the multiple libraries necessary previously. Along with the unification of tools are clearer best practices using these tools. Unit tests of the components of the global state, along with end to end tests, ensure the working of the patterns throughout development and production. Some of the distinct testing issues that come up with global stae are mocking and end to end testing.

Mock a Consumer

One key to testing the components is to take the Consumer out of the test completely by moking it. I have found the following style of mock to be very useful. Having a mock like this, that can be later queried for its history is very useful for unit testing.

const mockaddWidgetName = jest.fn()
jest.mock('../components/StoreContext', () => (
    StoreContext: {
      Consumer: props => (props.children({
        actions: {
          addWidgetName: mockaddWidgetName,

End to End Testing

Global State does not exist in units. To really test global state, one needs to use some form of end to end testing. I have found that the testing tool Cypress is a great way to approach this type of testing. Action and its reaction can be tested, ensuring the global state is functioning in expected ways.

Install, Build, Deploy Project

This project started as a create-react-app

Get the project

git clone

Move into the directory

cd min-hooks

Install the project

npm i

Run the app in the development mode.

In the project directory run:

npm start

Open http://localhost:3000 to view it in the browser.

Launch the test runner in the interactive watch mode.

npm test

Lint the src folder and watch

npm lint:watch

Builds the app for production to the www folder.

npm run build

If you have GoogleCloud set up, Deploy to Google App Engine

gcloud app deploy

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