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React and saving data

Can you provide some resources or descriptions around how React interacts with the backend? For example, if you wanted to save the data from the sign up form, what needs to be done?

1 Answer

Stan Day
Stan Day
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Hi Lai, You can bind a function to the sign up form submit event, in that function get the form data and call your backend via ajax. When you get a response you can update state so the ui can show if the sign up was successful or if there is an error like if the username was taken for instance.

import React, { Component } from 'react';
import serialize from 'form-serialize';
import restApi from '../lib/rest-api';

class SignUp extends Component {
  state = {
    errorMessage: null,

  onSubmit = (e) => {

    const data = serialize(e.target, { hash: true });

    restApi.post('/user', data)
      .then(res => {
        // success
      .catch(err => {
        this.setState({ errorMessage: err });

  render() {
    return (
      <form onSubmit={this.onSubmit} className="SignUp">
        {this.state.errorMessage && (
        <input name="name" type="text" placeholder="Name" />
        <input name="email" type="text" placeholder="Email" />
        <input name="password" type="password" placeholder="Password" />
        <button type="submit">Sign Up</button>

export default SignUp