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JavaScript React Components Stateful Components and Lifecycle Methods Update the Stopwatch State with componentDidMount()

Luke Markham
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Luke Markham
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timer reset with first "console.log('starting')"

At the start we have "ticking..." logging to the console, then we go on to console log "starting" via the if statement in handleStopwatch.

However, I don't understand how clicking "start" and invoking the handleStopWatch could cause the "ticking..." console.log to restart ?

1 Answer

Tobias Edwards
Tobias Edwards
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The ticking doesn't restart. In Google Chrome's console, the number next to ticking represents the number of ticking outputs in a row.

Since starting was outputted to the console, the number of consecutive ticking outputs is reset to 0. Also, the console shows the order of outputs, so if we have:

ticking ticking ticking starting ticking ticking

This is the same as:

ticking (3)
starting
ticking (2)

Not to be confused with:

ticking (5)
starting

Because then the order of outputs is lost.

I hope that makes sense.