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This module looks at static versions in React, Props, and Mock Components to use when testing an application.

Learning Objectives 

The objectives of this module are to provide you with an understanding of: 

  • How to be able to build a static version of an application 
  • How to use Props in components 
  • How to be able to test Component snapshots and Components with props 
  • How to be able to Mock components when testing 

Intended Audience  

This learning path is aimed at all who wish to learn how to use the ReactJS framework.  

Prerequisites of the Course 

It is essential you understand the face of contemporary web development to attend this course. We insist upon JavaScript experience, along with good HTML and CSS skills. 


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Some components may not need props to be supplied every time they are used, as a default value may be sufficient in many cases. Props are immutable and must be supplied when a component is rendered. So how can we get default values? Default props is the answer. If appropriate, we can supply values for each prop that should be received by the component, ensuring that it will work and render correctly, even if all the values are not supplied by the rendering parent. Here, we have a component that expects to receive header text, content text, and content text 2, as props. We are going to supply header text and content text with default values. To give a component default props, we just need to add a default props object to it. Inside the object, we add keys of all the props that we want to have a default value and then supply a value. You can see from the display in the browser window, that if a prop is not supplied and a default value is available, the default value is used. If a value is supplied, as in the case of header text, the value's supplied by the parent. You can see that if a prop is not supplied and a default value is available, that default value is used. If a value is supplied by the parent, as in the case of header text, then that value is used. Props that are not supplied and do not have a value, will fail silently and say a part of a JSX expression, or if they can be used as a falsy value in a JavaScript expression. Otherwise, normal JavaScript errors will be shown. As we are trying to call a substring function on content text 2 here, which is undefined, we will get an unknown type error, as you can see in the browser console, on the right hand side of the window.


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