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Vue Composition API and React Hooks comparison

With the release of Vue 3 we can now make use of the new Composition API, a set of additive, function-based APIs that allow flexible composition of component logic.

Using Composition API will give you multiple benefits like extraction and reuse of logic between components, Typescript support, local and global state management (you can read more here about State Management with Composition API)

Here is a brief comparison between React and Vue hooks

Basic Hooks



const [currentState, setCurrentState] = useState("");
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const currentState = ref("");
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With Vue 3 we have ref (used for primitives) and reactive (used for objects). Vue creates a reactive object where we can set/get the value.
It is also possible to share the state with other components using provide and inject (more info here)



useEffect(() => {
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watchEffect(() => console.log(currentState))

// or watch
watch(currentState, (currentState, prevCurrentState) => {
  console.log(currentState, prevCurrentState)

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Vue 3 introduces watchEffect, useful when you want to keep track of multiple source changes and when you don't need to know the old values.
You can also use watch to track a single source lazily. The main difference between the two is that watchEffect runs immediately while watch runs lazily.
watchEffect also doesn't require separating the watched data source and the side effect callback.

Custom Hooks / Extraction and Reuse of logic

We can easily create custom hooks. Here is an example of a function returning the mouse position


import { useEffect, useState } from "react";

export const useMousePosition = () => {
  const [position, setPosition] = useState({ x: 0, y: 0 });

  useEffect(() => {
    const update = e => setPosition({ x: e.clientX, y: e.clientY });
    window.addEventListener("mousemove", update);

    return () => {
      window.removeEventListener("mousemove", update);
  }, []);

  return position;
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import { ref, onMounted, onUnmounted } from 'vue'

export function useMousePosition() {
  const x = ref(0)
  const y = ref(0)

  function update(e) {
    x.value = e.pageX
    y.value = e.pageY

  onMounted(() => {
    window.addEventListener('mousemove', update)

  onUnmounted(() => {
    window.removeEventListener('mousemove', update)

  return { x, y }
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That's all for now! I will try to keep updated this post with new examples.

Top comments (1)

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Tarek Hassan

What a good and brief post! Thank you.

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