Optimizing React Apps with useCallback


React's useCallback hook can help to avoid unnecessary re-renders in your application, improving performance. It returns a memoized version of the callback function that only changes if one of the dependencies has changed.

const memoizedCallback = useCallback( () => { doSomething(a, b); }, [a, b], );

In this snippet, a and b are the dependencies. The callback function will not be recreated unless either a or b changes.

Without useCallback, the function would be recreated every render, potentially causing unnecessary re-renders in child components that depend on the callback.

function Component() { doSomething(a, b); return <ChildComponent callback={doSomething} />; }

In this case, doSomething function is recreated every time Component re-renders, causing ChildComponent to re-render as well even if props have not changed.

By understanding and using useCallback, you can control when components re-render and optimize your React applications.

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