Mastering Higher-Order Components in React

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Higher-Order Components (HOCs) in React are a pattern derived from React's compositional nature. HOCs are a great way to reuse component logic, and their pattern involves a function that takes a component and returns a new component.

Here's a simple example of a HOC:

function withExample(WrappedComponent) { return class extends React.Component { render() { return <WrappedComponent {...this.props} />; } }; }

In the above code, withExample is a HOC. It's a function that takes a component WrappedComponent and returns a new component that renders the WrappedComponent.

To use this HOC, we can simply do:

const EnhancedComponent = withExample(SomeComponent);

EnhancedComponent will have the same behavior as SomeComponent, but now it has the potential to be enhanced with additional props, state, or lifecycle methods.

Remember, HOCs are not part of the React API. They are a pattern that emerges from React's compositional nature.

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