Cómo cargar datos en React con redux-thunk, redux-saga, suspense y hooks

Introducción

React es una biblioteca de JavaScript para crear interfaces de usuario. Muy a menudo, usar React significa usar React con Redux. Redux es otra biblioteca de JavaScript para administrar el estado global. Lamentablemente, incluso con estas dos bibliotecas, no hay una forma clara de cómo manejar las llamadas asincrónicas a la API (backend) o cualquier otro efecto secundario.

En este artículo, trato de comparar diferentes enfoques para resolver este problema. Primero definamos el problema.

El componente X es uno de los muchos componentes del sitio web (o aplicación móvil o de escritorio, también es posible). X consulta y muestra algunos datos cargados desde la API. X puede ser una página o solo una parte de la página. Lo importante es que X es un componente separado que debe acoplarse libremente con el resto del sistema (tanto como sea posible). X debería mostrar el indicador de carga mientras se recuperan los datos y un error si falla la llamada.

Este artículo asume que ya tiene algo de experiencia en la creación de aplicaciones React / Redux.

Este artículo mostrará 4 formas de resolver este problema y comparará los pros y los contras de cada uno. No es un manual detallado sobre cómo usar thunk, saga, suspence o hooks .

El código de estos ejemplos está disponible en GitHub.

Configuración inicial

Servidor simulado

Para propósitos de prueba, usaremos json-server. Es un proyecto asombroso que te permite crear API REST falsas muy rápido. En nuestro ejemplo, se ve así.

const jsonServer = require('json-server');const server = jsonServer.create();const router = jsonServer.router('db.json');const middleware = jsonServer.defaults();
server.use((req, res, next) => { setTimeout(() => next(), 2000);});server.use(middleware);server.use(router);server.listen(4000, () => { console.log(`JSON Server is running...`);});

Nuestro archivo db.json contiene datos de prueba en formato json.

{ "users": [ { "id": 1, "firstName": "John", "lastName": "Doe", "active": true, "posts": 10, "messages": 50 }, ... { "id": 8, "firstName": "Clay", "lastName": "Chung", "active": true, "posts": 8, "messages": 5 } ]}

Después de iniciar el servidor, una llamada a // localhost: 4000 / users devuelve la lista de usuarios con una imitación de retraso, aproximadamente 2 segundos.

Proyecto y llamada a API

Ahora estamos listos para comenzar a codificar. Supongo que ya tiene un proyecto de React creado usando create-react-app con Redux configurado y listo para usar.

Si tiene alguna dificultad con él, puede consultar esto y esto.

El siguiente paso es crear una función para llamar a la API ( api.js ):

const API_BASE_ADDRESS = '//localhost:4000';
export default class Api { static getUsers() { const uri = API_BASE_ADDRESS + "/users";
 return fetch(uri, { method: 'GET' }); }}

Redux-thunk

Redux-thunk es un middleware recomendado para la lógica básica de efectos secundarios de Redux, como la lógica asíncrona simple (como una solicitud a la API). Redux-thunk en sí mismo no hace mucho. ¡¡¡Son solo 14 !!! líneas del código. Simplemente agrega algo de "azúcar sintáctica" y nada más.

El diagrama de flujo a continuación ayuda a comprender lo que vamos a hacer.

Cada vez que se realiza una acción, el reductor cambia de estado en consecuencia. El componente asigna el estado a las propiedades y usa estas propiedades en el método revder () para averiguar qué debería ver el usuario: un indicador de carga, datos o mensaje de error.

Para que funcione, debemos hacer 5 cosas.

1. Instalar tunk

npm install redux-thunk

2. Agregue middleware de procesador al configurar la tienda (configureStore.js)

import { applyMiddleware, compose, createStore } from 'redux';import thunk from 'redux-thunk';import rootReducer from './appReducers';
export function configureStore(initialState) 

En las líneas 12-13 también configuramos redux devtools. Un poco más tarde ayudará a mostrar uno de los problemas con esta solución.

3. Cree acciones (redux-thunk / actions.js)

import Api from "../api"
export const LOAD_USERS_LOADING = 'REDUX_THUNK_LOAD_USERS_LOADING';export const LOAD_USERS_SUCCESS = 'REDUX_THUNK_LOAD_USERS_SUCCESS';export const LOAD_USERS_ERROR = 'REDUX_THUNK_LOAD_USERS_ERROR';
export const loadUsers = () => dispatch => { dispatch({ type: LOAD_USERS_LOADING });
 Api.getUsers() .then(response => response.json()) .then( data => dispatch({ type: LOAD_USERS_SUCCESS, data }), error => dispatch() )};

También se recomienda tener los creadores de acciones separados (agrega algo de codificación adicional), pero para este caso simple creo que es aceptable crear acciones "sobre la marcha".

4. Cree reducer (redux-thunk / reducer.js)

import {LOAD_USERS_ERROR, LOAD_USERS_LOADING, LOAD_USERS_SUCCESS} from "./actions";
const initialState = { data: [], loading: false, error: ''};
export default function reduxThunkReducer(state = initialState, action) { switch (action.type) { case LOAD_USERS_LOADING: { return { ...state, loading: true, error:'' }; } case LOAD_USERS_SUCCESS: { return { ...state, data: action.data, loading: false } } case LOAD_USERS_ERROR: { return { ...state, loading: false, error: action.error }; } default: { return state; } }}

5. Cree un componente conectado a redux (redux-thunk / UsersWithReduxThunk.js)

import * as React from 'react';import { connect } from 'react-redux';import {loadUsers} from "./actions";
class UsersWithReduxThunk extends React.Component { componentDidMount() { this.props.loadUsers(); };
 render() { if (this.props.loading) { return 
   
Loading }
 if (this.props.error) { return 
   
ERROR: {this.props.error} }
 return ( 
    
       {this.props.data.map(u =>
      <;td>{u.posts}
        )} 
     
First Name Last Name;Active? Posts Messages
{u.firstName} {u.lastName} {u.active ? 'Yes' : 'No'}{u.messages}
); }}
const mapStateToProps = state => ({ data: state.reduxThunk.data, loading: state.reduxThunk.loading, error: state.reduxThunk.error,});
const mapDispatchToProps = { loadUsers};
export default connect( mapStateToProps, mapDispatchToProps)(UsersWithReduxThunk);

Intenté hacer que el componente fuera lo más simple posible. Entiendo que se ve horrible :)

Indicador de carga

Datos

Error

Ahí lo tienes: 3 archivos, 109 líneas de código (13 (acciones) + 36 (reductor) + 60 (componente)).

Pros:

  • Enfoque “recomendado” para aplicaciones react / redux.
  • Sin dependencias adicionales. Casi, thunk es pequeño :)
  • No es necesario aprender cosas nuevas.

Contras:

  • Mucho código en diferentes lugares
  • After navigation to another page, old data is still in the global state (see picture below). This data is outdated and useless information that consumes memory.
  • In case of complex scenarios (multiple conditional calls in one action, etc.) code isn’t very readable

Redux-saga

Redux-saga is a redux middleware library designed to make handling side effects easy and readable. It leverages ES6 Generators which allows us to write asynchronous code that looks synchronous. Also, this solution is easy to test.

From a high level perspective, this solution works the same as thunk. The flowchart from the thunk example is still applicable.

To make it work we need to do 6 things.

1. Install saga

npm install redux-saga

2. Add saga middleware and add all sagas (configureStore.js)

import { applyMiddleware, compose, createStore } from 'redux';import createSagaMiddleware from 'redux-saga';import rootReducer from './appReducers';import usersSaga from "../redux-saga/sagas";
const sagaMiddleware = createSagaMiddleware();
export function configureStore(initialState) 

Sagas from line 4 will be added in step 4.

3. Create action (redux-saga/actions.js)

export const LOAD_USERS_LOADING = 'REDUX_SAGA_LOAD_USERS_LOADING';export const LOAD_USERS_SUCCESS = 'REDUX_SAGA_LOAD_USERS_SUCCESS';export const LOAD_USERS_ERROR = 'REDUX_SAGA_LOAD_USERS_ERROR';
export const loadUsers = () => dispatch => { dispatch({ type: LOAD_USERS_LOADING });};

4. Create sagas (redux-saga/sagas.js)

import { put, takeEvery, takeLatest } from 'redux-saga/effects'import {loadUsersSuccess, LOAD_USERS_ERROR, LOAD_USERS_LOADING, LOAD_USERS_SUCCESS} from "./actions";import Api from '../api'
async function fetchAsync(func) { const response = await func();
 if (response.ok) { return await response.json(); }
 throw new Error("Unexpected error!!!");}
function* fetchUser() { try { const users = yield fetchAsync(Api.getUsers);
 yield put({type: LOAD_USERS_SUCCESS, data: users}); } catch (e) { yield put({type: LOAD_USERS_ERROR, error: e.message}); }}
export function* usersSaga() { // Allows concurrent fetches of users yield takeEvery(LOAD_USERS_LOADING, fetchUser);
 // Does not allow concurrent fetches of users // yield takeLatest(LOAD_USERS_LOADING, fetchUser);}
export default usersSaga;

Saga has quite a steep learning curve, so if you’ve never used it and have never read anything about this framework it could be difficult to understand what’s going on here. Briefly, in the userSaga function we configure saga to listen to the LOAD_USERS_LOADING action and trigger the fetchUsersfunction. The fetchUsersfunction calls the API. If the call succeeds, then the LOAD_USER_SUCCESS action is dispatched, otherwise the LOAD_USER_ERROR action is dispatched.

5. Create reducer (redux-saga/reducer.js)

import {LOAD_USERS_ERROR, LOAD_USERS_LOADING, LOAD_USERS_SUCCESS} from "./actions";
const initialState = { data: [], loading: false, error: ''};
export default function reduxSagaReducer(state = initialState, action) { switch (action.type) { case LOAD_USERS_LOADING: { return { ...state, loading: true, error:'' }; } case LOAD_USERS_SUCCESS: { return { ...state, data: action.data, loading: false } } case LOAD_USERS_ERROR: { return { ...state, loading: false, error: action.error }; } default: { return state; } }}

The reducer here is absolutely the same as in the thunk example.

6. Create component connected to redux (redux-saga/UsersWithReduxSaga.js)

import * as React from 'react';import {connect} from 'react-redux';import {loadUsers} from "./actions";
class UsersWithReduxSaga extends React.Component { componentDidMount() { this.props.loadUsers(); };
 render() { if (this.props.loading) { return 
   
Loading }
 if (this.props.error) { return 
   
ERROR: {this.props.error} }
 return ( 
    ; 
     
       {this.props.data.map(u =>
       )} 
     
First Name Last Name;Active? Posts Messages
{u.firstName} ;{u.lastName} {u.active ? 'Yes' : 'No'} {u.posts} {u.messages}
); }}
const mapStateToProps = state => ({ data: state.reduxSaga.data, loading: state.reduxSaga.loading, error: state.reduxSaga.error,});
const mapDispatchToProps = { loadUsers};
export default connect( mapStateToProps, mapDispatchToProps)(UsersWithReduxSaga);

The component is also almost the same here as in the thunk example.

So here we have 4 files, 136 line of code (7(actions) + 36(reducer) + sagas(33) + 60(component)).

Pros:

  • More readable code (async/await)
  • Good for handling complex scenarios (multiple conditional calls in one action, action can have multiple listeners, canceling actions, etc.)
  • Easy to unit test

Cons:

  • A lot of code in different places
  • After navigation to another page, old data is still in the global state. This data is outdated and useless information that consumes memory.
  • Additional dependency
  • A lot of concepts to learn

Suspense

Suspense is a new feature in React 16.6.0. It allows us to defer rendering part of the component until some condition is met (for example data from the API loaded).

To make it work we need to do 4 things (it’s definitely getting better :) ).

1. Create cache (suspense/cache.js)

For the cache, we are going to use a simple-cache-provider which is a basic cache provider for react applications.

import {createCache} from 'simple-cache-provider';
export let cache;
function initCache() { cache = createCache(initCache);}
initCache();

2. Create Error Boundary (suspense/ErrorBoundary.js)

This is an Error Boundary to catch errors thrown by Suspense.

import React from 'react';
export class ErrorBoundary extends React.Component { state = {};
 componentDidCatch(error) { this.setState(); }
 render() { if (this.state.error) { return 
   
ERROR: this.state.error ; }
 return this.props.children; }}
export default ErrorBoundary;

3. Create Users Table (suspense/UsersTable.js)

For this example, we need to create an additional component which loads and shows data. Here we are creating a resource to get data from the API.

import * as React from 'react';import {createResource} from "simple-cache-provider";import {cache} from "./cache";import Api from "../api";
let UsersResource = createResource(async () => { const response = await Api.getUsers(); const json = await response.json();
 return json;});
class UsersTable extends React.Component { render() { let users = UsersResource.read(cache);
 return ( 
    <;td>{u.posts}
        )} 
     
First Name ;Last Name Active? Posts Messages
{u.firstName} {u.lastName} {u.active ? 'Yes' : 'No'}{u.messages}
); }}
export default UsersTable;

4. Create component (suspense/UsersWithSuspense.js)

import * as React from 'react';import UsersTable from "./UsersTable";import ErrorBoundary from "./ErrorBoundary";
class UsersWithSuspense extends React.Component { render() { return ( 
    
     
       ); }}
     
    
export default UsersWithSuspense;

4 files, 106 line of code (9(cache) + 19(ErrorBoundary) + UsersTable(33) + 45(component)).

3 files, 87 line of code (9(cache) + UsersTable(33) + 45(component)) if we assume that ErrorBoundary is a reusable component.

Pros:

  • No redux needed. This approach can be used without redux. Component is fully independent.
  • No additional dependencies (simple-cache-provider is part of React)
  • Delay of showing Loading indicator by setting dellayMs property
  • Fewer lines of code than in previous examples

Cons:

  • Cache is needed even when we don’t really need caching.
  • Some new concepts need to be learned (which are part of React).

Hooks

At the time of writing this article, hooks have not officially been released yet and available only in the “next” version. Hooks are indisputably one of the most revolutionary upcoming features which can change a lot in the React world very soon. More details about hooks can be found here and here.

To make it work for our example we need to do one(!) thing:

1. Create and use hooks (hooks/UsersWithHooks.js)

Here we are creating 3 hooks (functions) to “hook into” React state.

import React, {useState, useEffect} from 'react';import Api from "../api";
function UsersWithHooks() { const [data, setData] = useState([]); const [loading, setLoading] = useState(true); const [error, setError] = useState('');
 useEffect(async () => { try { const response = await Api.getUsers(); const json = await response.json();
 setData(json); } catch (e)  'Unexpected error'); 
 setLoading(false); }, []);
 if (loading) { return 
   
Loading }
 if (error) { return 
   
ERROR: {error} }
 return ( 
    
       ; 
       
       {data.map(u => 
      
       ; 
       ; 
        )} 
     
First Name Last Name Active? PostsMessages
;{u.firstName}{u.lastName} {u.active ? 'Yes' : 'No'} {u.posts} {u.messages}
);}
export default UsersWithHooks;

And that’s it — just 1 file, 56 line of code!!!

Pros:

  • No redux needed. This approach can be used without redux. Component is fully independent.
  • No additional dependencies
  • About 2 times less code than in other solutions

Cons:

  • At first look, the code looks weird and difficult to read and understand. It will take some time to get used to hooks.
  • Some new concepts need to be learned (which are part of React)
  • Not officially released yet

Conclusion

Let’s organize these metrics as a table first.

  • Redux is still a good option to manage global state (if you have it)
  • Each option has pros and cons. Which approach is better depends on the project: its complexity, use cases, team knowledge, when the project is going to production, etc.
  • Saga can help with complex use cases
  • Suspense and Hooks are both worth considering (or at least learning) especially for new projects

That’s it — enjoy and happy coding!