New Hook for Optimization🪝

Amir Diafi
2 min readOct 15, 2022

Optimize your app better.

If you are a React Developer, you probably use useCallback a lot, in your app to optimize it.

But in some cases, this hook will be useless!

Let’s take an example:

If you have an input for email and a button to subscribe:

you probably will manage email value with setState hook;
And a function to subscribe called onSubscibe for instance

const [email, setEmail] = useState("")const onSubscibe = () => {
// call your Web Service API and subscibe this email.
API.subscibe(email)
}
return (...)

Seems good, now you want to enhance your app, so you use useCallback to stop the onSubscibe function re-assignment.

So your code will be like so:

const [email, setEmail] = useState("")const onSubscibe = useCallback(() => {
// call your Web Service API and subscibe this email.
API.subscibe(email)
}, [email])
return (...)

and here we notice that our subscribe function will be re-assign every time the user makes an input event, and this will make no changes in our app performance; It Seems ridiculous uh!

Custom Hook To Solve this:

Okay, now we must try to prevent our subscribe function to re-assign again.

In this case, we must make our custom hook:

Let’s think, we have the useRef hook that persists his value from changing during the re-rendering and doesn’t make react re-render if he changed, and we make a life cycle hook to make this ref up to date with the email state, and what I think is to go with useLayoutEffect because it runes before any layout effect (browser painting), so it’s the one.

and our custom hook will be like this:

const useSafeCallback = (callback) => {
const callbackRef = useRef();
const memoCallback = useCallback((args) => {
if (typeof callbackRef.current === "function") {
return callbackRef.current(args);
} else {
return;
}
}, []);
useLayoutEffect(() => {
callbackRef.current = callback;
return () => {
callbackRef.current = undefined;
};
});
return memoCallback;};

So the memoCallback function will be defined once, but the useLayoutEffect will be responsible for assigning the ended callback to the callbackRef and cleaning it when unmount.

Finally, you can get a look at the final code here:

Finally

This new hook is Under Construction right now, you can know more just take a look at Dan Abramov’s RFC here: https://beta.reactjs.org/apis/react/useEvent

Thanks!

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