r/reactjs has a Weekend Reads, which is a “‘book club’ type thing where we read something every weekend”.
The question is “why do you import React” when “React” is not used anywhere in your component code?
When you start learning react, you might been told to always import React,
import React from "React" in your component file.
But that’s not always necessary.
To understand why, let’s see what JSX is.
The subtitle in JSX in Depth describes JSX as
Fundamentally, JSX just provides syntactic sugar for the
React.createElement(component, props, ...children)function
You can either use the JSX syntatic sugar 🍬 to create components or use
React.createElement directly if you are not transpiling your source code.
🙄 Then shouldn’t you import React everywhere?
No. not unless you use React object for your component.
That is the full source for
In this case,
React object is not used anywhere so you can leave out the import statement (but still is a valid component).
📒 Note: If you are creating a class component, you need to import React as it needs to extend
And then you can import
App.js just like any React component (Line #4).
👋 Parting Words
I hope this has solved for the need to import React for components.
99% of the time, you’d use React object in someway to create a component so probably a good idea to import React anyway.
☝ Forget about this ever written…😅