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Are React Hooks Actually Worth Using?

Full disclosure, I am not fan of Hooks. They seem to abstract away a part of Component Lifecycles that never needed to be abstracted. Checkout out this article: https://codewithghazi.com/componentwillunmount-with-react-hooks/

Instead of componentDidMount and componentWillUnmount, Hooks makes us use the cryptic useEffect:

useEffect(() => { 
   document.addEventListener('click', handleClick);

   return function cleanup () {
     document.removeEventListener('click', handleClick);
   }
}, [])
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I understand using Hooks for simple functional components that require some small uses of state. But once we get into lifecycle methods and about half a dozen state fields, I find that hooks actually get in the way.

I really like code that explains what it does. I prefer setNameOnClick as opposed to handleClick (unless I'm making a reusable Component).

I like state that is easily identifiable. this.state.userName is clearer to me than userName.

Overall, Hooks to me seem like they make code more "code-y" and I know I want a coworker to be able to understand my work ASAP.

Thoughts?

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vladi160

Both articles uses useEffect for their example, what about others and the idea at all ?

'and about half a dozen state fields' - if you mean, u need to use useState for every state variable, you can do that:

const [state, setState] = useState({/*default state object here */ });