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Serge Jabo Byusa
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React useRef Hook simple example

React useRef Hook

The useRef Hook is used to persist values between renders.
It does not cause a re-render when updated and can be used to store a mutable value, it also used to access a DOM element directly.

Below, is an example of useRef to keep the previous value of your state (name) after changing it.

import React, { useState, useEffect, useRef } from 'react';

export default function App(){
  const [name, setName] = useState('')
  const prevName = useRef()

  useEffect(()=> {
    prevName.current = name

  return (
       <input value={name} onChange={e => setName(}/>
      <div> My name is {name} and it used to be {prevName.current}</div>

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