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Things You Might Not Know About React Components

Yogesh Chavan
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Originally published at blog.yogeshchavan.dev ・2 min read

When working with React, we usually return a JSX from a component.

But apart from returning a JSX, we can also return a string or a number or an array from a
component?

So, all the following examples are valid in React.

Return a string From A Component

const SimpleComponent = () => {
  return "This is awesome!";
}
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Return a number From A Component

const SimpleComponent = () => {
  return 50;
}
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Return an Array From A Component

const SimpleComponent = () => {
  return [10, 20, 30, 40];
}


OR

const SimpleComponent = () => {
  return [<li key="first">First Item</li>, <li key="second">Second Item</li>];
}
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Returning array from component is very useful to make the component flexible as shown below:

const App = () => {
  const renderNav = () => {
    return (
      <div className="links">
        <a href="/#" className="link">
          Home
        </a>
        <a href="/#" className="link">
          About
        </a>
        <a href="/#" className="link">
          Contact
        </a>
      </div>
    );
  };

  const renderContent = () => {
    return (
      <div className="content">
        <p>This is some content</p>
      </div>
    );
  };

  const nav = <header key="nav">{renderNav()}</header>;
  const content = <main key="content">{renderContent()}</main>;

  const showOnTop = true;

  return (
    <React.Fragment>
      {showOnTop ? [nav, content] : [content, nav]}
    </React.Fragment>
  );
};
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Here's a Code Sandbox Demo.

As you can see, If the showOnTop value is true then we're showing the navigation first and then content and If the showOnTop value is false then we're showing the content first and then navigation.

So returning an array from a component helps to get this flexibility.

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