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Congrats, you’ve finished the React Context lesson! Let’s recap what you learned:

  • “Prop drilling” is the term for the common React pattern of data being passed as a prop through a large number of components in an application.
  • React Contexts allow us to avoid prop drilling pieces of application state shared by many components. Contexts come with a .Provider component that can also take in a value to be made available to child components – without having to prop drill the value.
  • Child components may subscribe to a Context’s value from their closest parent Provider with React’s useContext() hook. Components subscribing to a Context will receive the value for the Provider closest to them in the application tree.
  • Providers may be given an object containing React state and its corresponding state updater function. Subscribing child components may then use the state updater function to update the state for the Context.

Context is one of the many ways React apps can share state across many components without manual prop drilling. Keep in mind, though, that it’s best used sparingly and only for prop drilled values that don’t change very frequently. You’ll see later in the Performance lesson of this course how overusing Context can cause performance issues.

Keep in mind, too, that Context is not always the best solution for your application’s architecture. There are other ways to handle state such as Redux, useReducer, or just useState and prop drilling (which isn’t always a problem). Consider reading through https://kentcdodds.com/blog/application-state-management-with-react to help inform your decision on how to structure your application.

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