Handling React Form Inputs with useState

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React's useState hook allows us to add state to our functional components. When it comes to forms, it's a powerful tool for capturing user input. Below is a basic example of how to use useState to handle form inputs.

First, we create a state variable and a function to update that state using useState.

const [value, setValue] = useState("");

Next, we create an input field and assign its value to our state variable and its onChange event to our update function.

<input type="text" value={value} onChange={e => setValue(e.target.value)} />

In the above code, e.target.value is the current text in the input field. Each time the user types, the input's onChange event fires, updating the state with the current input text.

Remember to import the useState hook from React at the beginning of your file.

import React, { useState } from 'react';

And that's it! With just a few lines of code, you've created a reactive form input in React using useState.

Remember that each input field should have its own state variable. This way, you can capture and manage each input independently.

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