- Why build your forms with Redux FormWhen I usually create forms for my React/Redux applications I tend to keep the value of the inputs on the application state, with little to no editing, (because my forms are usually simple), I never stopped to realize what that means.
- It keeps track of all common application form state such as:The fields that are in the form;The values of each field;The focused field;If the field values are valid;The fields that the user have interacted with;If the form is being submitted;If is happening any asynchronous validation.Let’s take a look at a bit of code and see how to do a setup.Here we connect the form component to Redux by decorating it with the high-order component reduxForm.
- It will also hand us the handleSubmit function, which will take care of the submission behavior.The Field component takes our input component as its props and acts as a container, bringing the application state to the input component and binding the event handlers to update the state in store.Look at the InputText component to see the props we receive from the Field.One important point is that it’s still a developer’s responsibility to write the form and inputs components, this way the library does not take the flexibility from you to manage the behaviors of your form the way you want, or even add custom ones.And to finish our integration we add a reducer that will handle the state changes of your form.Simple isn’t it.Just one more point.
- Look that the default value of the input is defined when the high-order component reduxForm is called and comes to the input within the prop input and not from the react’s prop defaultValue, this way we guarantee that our form values are all represented in the application state.In summary, having all your form data in application state gives you control over its behavior and you can easily implement that on a React/Redux application with Redux Form.I have created a repository on GitHub with the implementation above.
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