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JavaScript React Basics (2018) Understanding State Remove Items From State

handleRemovePlayer() function ... naming convention???

Why does Guil name this function handleRemovePlayer()

Why not just removePlayer() which is shorter and cleaner?

Is this a common naming convention to use handle? If so how is it used?

1 Answer

Lee Vaughn
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Lee Vaughn
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Hi jaycode!

The word "handle" isn't related to any particular naming convention. I believe he just chose to name the method handleRemovePlayer to differentiate it from the removePlayer prop that he creates later.


Thanks Lee,

I have seen handle used before so I wasn't quite sure. I suppose to give the function a more explicit name for developers reading the code to better understand its purpose at quick glance. I wasn't sure if this was a common naming convention or just an arbitrary name. I happen to like the way Guil defined the function beginning with handle as a prefix to let us know it's an event handler. I guess it comes down to preference at the end of the day.

Thanks for clearing this up!