Harnessing the Power of useRef Hook in React


React's useRef Hook allows us to access and interact with elements in the DOM directly. It retains its mutable .current property across multiple renders, making it a great tool for preserving values without re-rendering components.

Here's a simple example of how useRef can be used:

import React, { useRef } from 'react'; function ExampleComponent() { const inputRef = useRef(); const handleClick = () => { inputRef.current.focus(); }; return ( <div> <input ref={inputRef} type="text" /> <button onClick={handleClick}>Focus the input</button> </div> ); } export default ExampleComponent;

In this example, useRef is used to create a reference (inputRef) to an input element. The handleClick function triggers a focus on this input when the button is clicked.

Remember, useRef does not notify you when its content changes. Mutating the .current property won't cause a re-render. If you need to run some code when React attaches or detaches a ref to a DOM node, you may want to use a callback ref instead.

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