March 24th, 2021
React is actually a bit of an outlier with state management. While it has first-class tools like
To me, the concept of state is vital to front-end development. It’s like components in that way. It’s just shaking out that it’s a smart way to work on digital products. The state is our own abstraction of what is happening on a site. It can be whether a sidebar is open or closed, a list of comments data, the details of logged-in users, or anything else that we need to draw and make functional UI.
That’s why it still feels surprising to me that native web components didn’t attempt to tackle the idea of state at all. I’m not informed enough to know why that is, but as an observer, I can see that developers are clamoring to find the best ways to make the state work in and across web components. Most recently, I came across @vue/lit by Evan You. That is a microframework for web components that solves templating and re-rendering by using lit-html, and then incorporating reactive state with Vue’s reactivity. Looks pretty cool to me.
I find all this stuff fascinating. In my own work, I bet I’m rather typical. If it’s a small baby thing, I might be up for a roll-my-own pattern. If it’s a medium-sized thing but sorta low-impact, I’d probably reach for the new-and-fancy — and maybe even experimental — takes. But the second I’m doing something big and high-impact, I find way more comfortable in picking from the biggest players, even if that sometimes means heavier libraries. 😬
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