Enable React Concurrent Mode

Kent C. Dodds
InstructorKent C. Dodds

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Published 3 years ago
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To use all of the features available for Suspense for data fetching, we need to first enable concurrent mode. In this lesson you'll learn what steps you need to take to enable concurrent mode in your own app.

Instructor: [0:00] To enable React Concurrent Mode, you'll need to do a few things. First off, we're going to go to our package.json, and we'll verify that we have a version of React that supports Concurrent Mode.

[0:10] The current version I have installed does not, so what we're going to do is, I'm going to yarn add react@experimental and react-dom@experimental. These are the versions that support Concurrent Mode.

[0:25] With those in my package.json, now I'm going to go to my app, and I'm going to make sure that the app continues to work with this new version of Concurrent Mode. I can pop up in my Developer Tools, and make sure I don't have any new warnings or errors in the console that it didn't have already.

[0:41] If there are new errors in the console that weren't there before, then those could be React bugs, that you could make a CodeSandbox and report to the React team. It looks like we're good, so we're going to continue on to the next step, which is actually enabling Concurrent Mode.

[0:54] Where you're rendering your app to the DOM, we're going to instead of reactDOM.render, we're going to say reactDOM.createRoot. The root we're going to create is on this root element where we're going to mount our app.

[1:10] Then, this is going to create a root object and that root object has a render method on it. With this, we're going to render our main app and then, you can get rid of this. We'll save that and we've just enabled concurrent mode.

[1:24] Now, we can go to our app. We'll make sure that everything is still working just as well as it was before. It looks like we're good. We can double-check that we don't have any new warnings or errors in the console. We're set with concurrent mode.

[1:37] Now, we can go ahead and play around with some of the new APIs that the React team is working on. When we're all done, we can just go right back and do these changes and reinstall the version of React that we had installed before. We're going to play with these a little bit. I'm going to leave that like it is and we'll just get rid of this one.

[1:53] In review, all that we had to do to turn on concurrent mode with React is first, we had to make sure we had a version of React that has concurrent mode enabled, which is the experimental version of React right now.

[2:04] Then, we went into the place where we're rendering our app, and instead of using reactDOM.render, we're using the new API reactDOM.createroot on our root element, and then we use that root to render our app onto that element.

[2:18] Incidentally, the root also has another method we can call set time out, and we'll say after three seconds, and we'll say root.unmount. Say that, go back to our app, and after three seconds, it just disappears.

[2:36] Those are the two APIs for the route with the new createRoot API from ReactDOM, but we don't want to do that. I'm going to get rid of that root unmount. We're just going to render it. Now it's time to play with Suspense.

Hypnosphi
Hypnosphi
~ 3 years ago

Hi! How can I send patches with small improvements to the examples code? For example, changing overflow: scroll to overflow: auto, to avoid empty scrollbars

Hypnosphi
Hypnosphi
~ 3 years ago

UPD: OK I found the repo https://github.com/kentcdodds/concurrent-react