Vern  Greenholt

Vern Greenholt


Dropdown data binding with React hooks

Dropdown data binding is always interesting in different UI technologies. We often want to feed the dropdown a list of dynamic data values from a web API. Usually, we want to stop the user from interacting with the dropdown while the items are being loaded. We may wish to select a particular dropdown item after they have loaded as well. So, how do we do all this with React hooks? Let’s find out.

Creating the dropdown component

Our dropdown is going to consist of character names from Star Wars. Let’s make a start on the React component.

function CharacterDropDown() {
  return (
      <option value="Luke Skywalker">
        Luke Skywalker
      <option value="C-3PO">C-3PO</option>
      <option value="R2-D2">R2-D2</option>

This is a functional React component containing 3 hardcoded characters. Although the item labels are the same as the item values in our example, we’ve explicitly specified them both because often they are different in other scenarios.

A nice and simple start but there is still a lot of work to do!

Using state to render dropdown items

Our dropdown contains hardcoded items at the moment. What if items need to be dynamic and loaded from an external source like a web API? Well, the first thing we need to do to make the item’s dynamic is to put the items in state. We can then have the dropdown reference this state when rendering its items:

function CharacterDropDown() {
  const [items] = React.useState([
      label: "Luke Skywalker",
      value: "Luke Skywalker"
    { label: "C-3PO", value: "C-3PO" },
    { label: "R2-D2", value: "R2-D2" }
  return (
      { => (

We use the useState hook to create some state with our characters in. The parameter for useState is the initial value of the state. The useState hook returns the current value of the state in the first element of an array - we’ve destructured this into an items variable.

So, we have an items variable which is an array containing our Star Wars characters. In the return statement, we use the items array map function to iterate through the characters and render the relevant option element. Notice that we set the key attribute on the option element to help React make any future changes to these elements.

We can arguably make the JSX a little cleaner by destructuring the label and value properties from the item that is being mapped over and then referencing them directly:

  {{ label, value }) => (
    <option key={value} value={value}>

Fetching data from a web API

We are going to populate a dropdown with characters from the fantastic Star Wars API. So, instead of putting 3 hardcoded characters in the state, we need to put data from into it. We can do this with the useEffect hook:

function CharacterDropDown() {
  const [items, setItems] = React.useState([]);

  React.useEffect(() => {
    async function getCharacters() {
      const response = await fetch("");
      const body = await response.json();
      setItems({ name }) => ({ label: name, value: name })));
  }, []);

  return (


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Autumn  Blick

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How native is React Native? | React Native vs Native App Development

If you are undertaking a mobile app development for your start-up or enterprise, you are likely wondering whether to use React Native. As a popular development framework, React Native helps you to develop near-native mobile apps. However, you are probably also wondering how close you can get to a native app by using React Native. How native is React Native?

In the article, we discuss the similarities between native mobile development and development using React Native. We also touch upon where they differ and how to bridge the gaps. Read on.

A brief introduction to React Native

Let’s briefly set the context first. We will briefly touch upon what React Native is and how it differs from earlier hybrid frameworks.

React Native is a popular JavaScript framework that Facebook has created. You can use this open-source framework to code natively rendering Android and iOS mobile apps. You can use it to develop web apps too.

Facebook has developed React Native based on React, its JavaScript library. The first release of React Native came in March 2015. At the time of writing this article, the latest stable release of React Native is 0.62.0, and it was released in March 2020.

Although relatively new, React Native has acquired a high degree of popularity. The “Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2019” report identifies it as the 8th most loved framework. Facebook, Walmart, and Bloomberg are some of the top companies that use React Native.

The popularity of React Native comes from its advantages. Some of its advantages are as follows:

  • Performance: It delivers optimal performance.
  • Cross-platform development: You can develop both Android and iOS apps with it. The reuse of code expedites development and reduces costs.
  • UI design: React Native enables you to design simple and responsive UI for your mobile app.
  • 3rd party plugins: This framework supports 3rd party plugins.
  • Developer community: A vibrant community of developers support React Native.

Why React Native is fundamentally different from earlier hybrid frameworks

Are you wondering whether React Native is just another of those hybrid frameworks like Ionic or Cordova? It’s not! React Native is fundamentally different from these earlier hybrid frameworks.

React Native is very close to native. Consider the following aspects as described on the React Native website:

  • Access to many native platforms features: The primitives of React Native render to native platform UI. This means that your React Native app will use many native platform APIs as native apps would do.
  • Near-native user experience: React Native provides several native components, and these are platform agnostic.
  • The ease of accessing native APIs: React Native uses a declarative UI paradigm. This enables React Native to interact easily with native platform APIs since React Native wraps existing native code.

Due to these factors, React Native offers many more advantages compared to those earlier hybrid frameworks. We now review them.

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What are hooks in React JS? - INFO AT ONE

In this article, you will learn what are hooks in React JS? and when to use react hooks? React JS is developed by Facebook in the year 2013. There are many students and the new developers who have confusion between react and hooks in react. Well, it is not different, react is a programming language and hooks is a function which is used in react programming language.
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#react #hooks in react #react hooks example #react js projects for beginners #what are hooks in react js? #when to use react hooks

 iOS App Dev

iOS App Dev


Your Data Architecture: Simple Best Practices for Your Data Strategy

If you accumulate data on which you base your decision-making as an organization, you should probably think about your data architecture and possible best practices.

If you accumulate data on which you base your decision-making as an organization, you most probably need to think about your data architecture and consider possible best practices. Gaining a competitive edge, remaining customer-centric to the greatest extent possible, and streamlining processes to get on-the-button outcomes can all be traced back to an organization’s capacity to build a future-ready data architecture.

In what follows, we offer a short overview of the overarching capabilities of data architecture. These include user-centricity, elasticity, robustness, and the capacity to ensure the seamless flow of data at all times. Added to these are automation enablement, plus security and data governance considerations. These points from our checklist for what we perceive to be an anticipatory analytics ecosystem.

#big data #data science #big data analytics #data analysis #data architecture #data transformation #data platform #data strategy #cloud data platform #data acquisition

Gerhard  Brink

Gerhard Brink


Getting Started With Data Lakes

Frameworks for Efficient Enterprise Analytics

The opportunities big data offers also come with very real challenges that many organizations are facing today. Often, it’s finding the most cost-effective, scalable way to store and process boundless volumes of data in multiple formats that come from a growing number of sources. Then organizations need the analytical capabilities and flexibility to turn this data into insights that can meet their specific business objectives.

This Refcard dives into how a data lake helps tackle these challenges at both ends — from its enhanced architecture that’s designed for efficient data ingestion, storage, and management to its advanced analytics functionality and performance flexibility. You’ll also explore key benefits and common use cases.


As technology continues to evolve with new data sources, such as IoT sensors and social media churning out large volumes of data, there has never been a better time to discuss the possibilities and challenges of managing such data for varying analytical insights. In this Refcard, we dig deep into how data lakes solve the problem of storing and processing enormous amounts of data. While doing so, we also explore the benefits of data lakes, their use cases, and how they differ from data warehouses (DWHs).

This is a preview of the Getting Started With Data Lakes Refcard. To read the entire Refcard, please download the PDF from the link above.

#big data #data analytics #data analysis #business analytics #data warehouse #data storage #data lake #data lake architecture #data lake governance #data lake management

Hayden Slater


Validating React Forms With React-Hook-Form

Validating inputs is very often required. For example, when you want to make sure two passwords inputs are the same, an email input should in fact be an email or that the input is not too long. This is can be easily done using React Hook From. In this article, I will show you how.

Required Fields

The most simple, yet very common, validation is to make sure that an input component contains input from the user. React Hook Form basic concept is to register input tags to the form by passing register() to the tag’s ref attribute. As we can see here:

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