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JavaScript React by Example Building the Application Adding Guests to the List

Chris Grazioli
Chris Grazioli
31,225 Points

Can't get form input to reset on submit?

Upon submit the state changes (I can watch it in chrome/dev/react tools) pendingGuest goes from whatever I was typing and creates a new Guest element. It also sets the state of pendingGuest:'' to an empty string and I can see this, BUT the form input element on the screen never clears/updates

newGuestSubmitHandler = (e)=>{
    const newPerson={
      name: this.state.pendingGuest,
      isConfirmed: false,
      isEditing: false
    this.setState( prevState => ({
      guests: [newPerson, ...prevState.guests],

  handleNameInput = (e) =>
  this.setState({ pendingGuest: e.target.value });

      <div className="App">
            <p>A Treehouse App</p>
            <form onSubmit={this.newGuestSubmitHandler}>
                placeholder="Invite Someone"
              <button type="submit" name="submit" value="submit">     Submit

What am I missing???

3 Answers

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
227,167 Points

Since you have taken over the normal operation of the submit (with "preventDefault"), you'll need to make any changes to the DOM yourself in your code.

document.querySelector("input").value = "";
Chris Grazioli
Chris Grazioli
31,225 Points

Steven Parker Thanx for responding! What your saying makes complete sense and I'll try it. But Guil Hernandez shows this code as working in the Treehouse video, so I'm assuming if it went through production, I must be missing something else. Has anyone else had this issue??? Or any other Suggestions. I'm using chrome and @Guil Hernandez uses OS. Is it a user-agent thing?

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
227,167 Points

I overlooked that this is handled as part of the call to "setState". But there is an issue with the binding of "value":

                value={this.pendingGuest}        <!-- code shown above -->
                value={this.state.pendingGuest}  <!-- video code -->
Chris Grazioli
Chris Grazioli
31,225 Points

Eagle Eyes @Steven Parker !!! Nice catch... I knew it had to be something stupid I missed. Thanx

you should not directly manipulate the DOM with the document object. Use the Refs API documented here https://reactjs.org/docs/refs-and-the-dom.html on the react website.

Also one trick I learned to reset the form is in your input element set value to value={ this.props.newPerson.name || '' } Make sure to set newPerson.name to '' a blank text after you submit the newPerson.