Congratulations! In this lesson you’ve built a strong conceptual foundation of Redux and built a state object, some actions, and a reducer along the way. Here’s what else you learned:
Redux is a library for managing and updating application state based on the Flux architecture
Redux makes code more predictable, testable, and maintainable by consolidating state in a single object. Components are just given data to render and can request changes using events called actions.
In a Redux application, data flows in one direction: from state to view to action back to state and so on.
State is the current information behind a web application.
An action is an object describing an event in the application. It must have a
typeproperty and it typically has a
payloadproperty as well.
A reducer is a function that determines the application’s next state given a current state and a specific action. It returns a default initial state if none is provided and returns the current state if the action is not recognized
A reducer must make follow these three rules:
- They should only calculate the new state value based on the existing state and action.
- They are not allowed to modify the existing state. Instead, they must copy the existing state and make changes to the copied values.
- They must not do any asynchronous logic or other “side effects”.
In other words, a reducer must be a pure function and it must update the state immutably.
The store is a container for state, it provides a way to dispatch actions, and it calls the reducer when actions are dispatched. Typically there is only one store in a Redux application.
Take another look at the diagram depicting data flow in a Redux application. Make sure you can explain every part of this diagram before moving on.