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.map in JSX

The array method .map() comes up often in React. It's good to get in the habit of using it alongside JSX.

If you want to create a list of JSX elements, then .map() is often your best bet. It can look odd at first:

const strings = ['Home', 'Shop', 'About Me']; const listItems = strings.map(string => <li>{string}</li>); <ul>{listItems}</ul>

In the above example, we start out with an array of strings. We call .map() on this array of strings, and the .map() call returns a new array of <li>s.

On the last line of the example, note that {listItems} will evaluate to an array, because it's the returned value of .map()! JSX <li>s don't have to be in an array like this, but they can be.

// This is fine in JSX, not in an explicit array: <ul> <li>item 1</li> <li>item 2</li> <li>item 3</li> </ul> // This is also fine! const liArray = [ <li>item 1</li>, <li>item 2<li>, <li>item 3</li> ]; <ul>{liArray}</ul>
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