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The Ultimate Guide to Building a UI Component Library

In this article series, TJ VanToll shares tips and strategies he’s learned from over a decade working with UI components on the web that can help you plan, build, and distribute your own corporate component library.

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Modeling UI states in a React form component using a finite state machine

This post explores an architectural design pattern called the finite state machine (FSM) that we used at OkCupid to craft a robust location search UX. A FSM is an architectural design pattern that allows us to model a large system as a collection of loosely coupled components. Each component in the system changes its behavior when the internal state changes.

How to use React’s concurrent mode

React’s new concurrent mode allows your interface to be rendered while data fetching is in progress, providing an improved render lifecycle and a simple way to achieve parallel data fetching for multiple components.

Using React and D3.js

When I visualize data on the web, my current favorite environment is using D3.js inside of a React.js application. These two technologies are notoriously tricky to combine. The crux of the issue is that they both want to handle the DOM.

useEncapsulation or why your React components should only use custom hooks

Given the nature of our work, that requirements change frequently and therefore code changes frequently, too, it is not surprising that our codebases become messy. Our logic gets strewn about like tools left on a workbench. The problem is that hidden in the mess of functions and objects is important information that is getting lost. Important historical decisions left without explanation or context and more. I'll try to come up with a contrived example quickly.

Paging in React Query

This post will cover how to page through a collection of Star Wars characters with React Query, providing a smooth user experience.

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