React Components

May 8, 2020 ยท 2 min read

There are 2 types of components you can use in a React project:

  • class
  • functional

Class components

  • Both React and Component need to be imported from the react package.
  • Can access a local state where data only needed in this component can be stored and managed (see example below).
  • Can use lifecycle hooks (I'll be making a future post on this).
  • Can access props with this.props.<data>.
  • Class name is capitalized.
  • The body of the component's function is wrapped in render() with it containing a return statement wrapping a single element in parentheses to allow multi-line code. All of the elements are wrapped in one tag.
render() {
    return (

In this ShoppingCart class component, there is an internal state called checkingOut that is set to true when the checkout button is clicked.

this.state.checkingOut accesses the state data.

There is an expected value totalPrice passed to the component.

import React, {Component} from 'react';

class ShoppingCart extends Component {

  state = {
    checkingOut: false

  handleCheckout = () => {
    this.setState({checkingOut: true});

  render() {
    return (
        <p>Total price: {this.props.totalPrice}</p>
        <button onClick={this.handleCheckout}>checkout</button>
        <p>Checking out? {this.state.checkingOut ? 'Yes' : 'No'}</p>

export default ShoppingCart;

Used in another component:

import ShoppingCart from './component/ShoppingCart';


<ShoppingCart totalPrice="0"/>

Functional components

  • Only React needs to be imported from the react package.
  • Essentially are JavaScript functions.
  • Cannot use local state or lifecycle hooks.
  • In order to pass data to the component (known as props) it needs to be declared as a parameter and is accessed with props.<data>.
  • The body of the component's function is wrapped in a single return statement.
import React from 'react';

const modal = (props) => {
  return (

export default modal;

Used in another component:

import Modal from './component/Modal';


<Modal error="Problem!" />

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