JavaScript React Basics (retired) Thinking in Components Loops and Lists in JSX

Brendan Whiting
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Brendan Whiting
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Some questions about React propTypes

Looking at this piece of code:

  propTypes: {
    title: React.PropTypes.string,
    initialPlayers: React.PropTypes.arrayOf(React.PropTypes.shape({
      id: React.PropTypes.number.isRequired,
      name: React.PropTypes.string.isRequired,
      score: React.PropTypes.number.isRequired
    })).isRequired  
  },

Is this about avoiding bugs from the developer or validating user input? Is this comparable to the Angular people bringing TypeScript into Angular 2?

2 Answers

Jeremy Castanza
Jeremy Castanza
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My take on this is that Javascript is trying to become a more mature language. Other programming languages typically include datatypes when defining variables. Vanilla Javascript doesn't really enforce datatypes or give you meaningful errors when issues related to datatype occur in your program.

akak
akak
29,441 Points

It's more like TypeScript. It's for developers to have indication what data component expects and other developers (or you from the future) should pass into it.