On my learnings of JavaScript

August 10, 2020

This is WIP

This is a Work in progress post that I am continually updating as I continue to deepen my knowledge of JavaScript. Most everything here are just for coming back to review, but sometimes I'll note down something new I learn here too.

Learning more about Vue

A year ago I would have said I was pretty good using Vue, now I know how much I don't really know.

Three sentence summaries:

  • v-model is used to bind data to elements on the page
  • v-if is used to conditionally render content on the page, it is NOT in the DOM
  • v-show also conditionally renders content, it IS stil in the dom (sets display: none)



General learning and knowledge about javascript

Higher Order Functions

  • Arrays:

    • map : The map function takes a callback and applies it to each element of an array.
    const arr = [
    { first: 'First', last: 'Last' },
    { first: 'Sam', last: 'Smith' },
    console.log( => person.first + ' ' + person.last));
    // Produces: ["First Last", "Sam Smith"]
    • filter : The filter function takes a callback and if the element in the array satisfies the callback (i.e. makes it true), that element gets to stay!
    const arr = [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9];
    console.log(arr.filter((num) => num % 2 !== 0));
    // Produces: [1, 3, 5, 9]
    • reduce : The reduce function is probably one of the most versatile, and I'm positive I don't know half of the uses for it yet, but what I've found it useful for compiling a list down to a single value, kinda like reducing it
    const arr = [1, 2, 3];
    arr.reduce((total, nums) => (total += nums)),
    ); // setting total to start at 0
    // Produces: 6





function App() {
  const [value, setValue] = useState(10);
  • Can only be used in functional components
  • value is the value of the state
  • setValue is a function that allows us to modify the state
  • 10 (or whatever object, string, etc...) is the initial value of the state

EX 2:

function veryTimeConsuming() {
    return { /* COMPLICATED STATE */ };

function App() {
    const [value, setValue] = useState(() => veryTimeConsuming());
  • In this case, we may want to call use state with an initial value as a function, because if our initial state is expensive or timeconsuming, this will only get ran 1 time, wheras if we just call veryTimeConsuming() without it being part of a function call, it will get re-called every render of the App()

Ex 3, the set function:

function App() {
  const [count, setCount] = useState(10);

  return (
      <button onClick={() => setCount((currentCount) => currentCount + 1)}>
  • The reason for the function in the onClick event handler is so we can prevent things like race conditions, as well as being more explicit about what is going on.
  • There may also be some cases where it can help prevent extra re-renders

EX 4, set function with multiple values in the state:

const [{ count, count2 }, setCount] = useState({ count: 10, count2: 20 });

return (
      onClick={() =>
        setCount((currentState) => ({
          count: currentState.count + 1,
    <div>count 1: {count}</div>
    <div>count 2: {count2}</div>
  • with hooks react does not automatically merge, so if we do not spread the current state ...currentState, the count2 value will just become empty when the update is made to currentState.count
  • using it this way, we keep the count2 reference and it continues to work when count is updated


Whatever happens inside of this function gets called on every re-render of the component.


useEffect(() => {
}, []);
  • here we see we are passing an Empty dependency array as the second argument to useEffect, in which case the work inside of it happens once, on mount of the component.

EX 2, Cleanup:

useEffect(() => {

  // The useEffect returns this as a clean up function
  return () => {
}, []);
  • in this case it gets called when the component is unmounting