For this week's blog post I thought it would be a great idea to touch on higher order components in React! When I first heard about this technique it confused me, which drove me to dive deeper into the technique to better understand it.
According to the React Documentation, a higher-order component (HOC) is “ An advanced technique in React for reusing component logic.” Essentially, a higher-order component is a function that wraps another function, “enhances” it by giving it more features, and then returns that “enhanced” component!
Using HOC’s is a great way to keep code clean and avoid writing the same or similar code throughout different parts of your React application. According to the React documentation, Higher-order components are considered to be an advanced technique. I’ve found that when trying to fully understand advanced techniques and patterns in programming, it’s best to create it and break down each part that seems to be confusing. I would definitely recommend using that learning approach in this situation. HOC can be confusing at first but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be excited at the opportunity to create them in your own code!