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JavaScript React by Example Building the Application Building the GuestList Component

So many questions about this video

Hi guys I'm new to React and I got really confused watching this video

in GuestList.js file, the teacher wrote

const GuestList = props =>

        {props.guests.map((guest, index) =>
          <li key={index}>
            <input type="checkbox" checked={guest.isConfirmed}/> Confirmed

It seems to me that GuestList is a component, if it is, why there is not render()? and about the props being passed in this function, we have

          <GuestList guests={this.state.guests}/>

at App.js file so I assume that the props being passed in is this.state.guests i.g. the array guests. My question is when accessing the props, why do we need to write

  {props.guests.map((guest, index) =>....

instead of

{props.map((guest, index) =>....

since the props itself is the array?

Sorry guys I know maybe my question is trivial but I just found the React Basics course here is kind outdated so I just jump into this course. Do you guys have any other study resources for React beginners ?

4 Answers

Bruno Junqueira
Bruno Junqueira
31,740 Points


Your first question, we don't need the render method on a stateless component, just in a stateful component. This is a example of a stateful component.

class Hello extends React.Component {
    constructor(props) {
        this.state = {value: 'Hello World'};

    render() {
                ref={(c) => this.input = c}
                onChange={() => this.setState({value: this.input.value})}

A stateful component is used, basically, when you have to save and manipulate a local state on the component.

This is a example of a stateless component:

const Hello = (props) =>
    <div>Hello World</div>

A stateless component is used, basically, when you have to only show data. But it can contain dynamic data passed from props.

Your second question, we need to specify which prop you are going to map, because you can pass multiple props, example:

<GuestList guests={this.state.guests} otherProp="something" anotherProp="somethingElse" />

I am still getting the following message, even when I have type EVERYTHING exactly as in the video. Please help :(

TypeError: Cannot read property 'map' of undefined GuestList 3 | 4 | const GuestList = props => 5 | <ul>

6 | {props.guests.map((guest, index)=> 7 | <li> 8 | <span>Joel</span> 9 | <label>

Brian Liotti
Brian Liotti
917 Points

does not render (at timestamp 1:50). You need to wrap the jsx (<ul> to </ul>) in a div

Without looking at the entire code, My guess would be that "guests" is an object that you are mapping over, pulling out the index and the individual guest. There should be a React updated course, or if not I would go with the basics course then jump into the update for React course.