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JavaScript React Basics Thinking in Components Create a Component

Functions vs ES6 classes

Wouldn't it be better to create components with ES6 classes? That seems to make more sense to me.

I don't know if this video was made before ES6 was released, but I noticed in the teachers notes both are possible. Which one is preferred in the React community, and why did Treehouse choose to only show how to create one with a JavaScript function?

1 Answer

Robert Manolis
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Robert Manolis
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Hi Tom, the React Basics course covers a few different ways of creating elements and components in React. And you'll learn even more about that in later videos in that course and more advanced React courses and workshops here at Treehouse. It's important to be familiar with multiple techniques and approaches.

But ever since the introduction of hooks in React 16, the React community has been moving away from class components and towards function components since they tend to be simpler and require less code.

Hope that helps. :smiley:

Thank you, I still have to learn about hooks. Exciting stuff!