Reusable components

We have seen what are the best ways to create components and the scenarios where it makes sense to use a local state. We have also seen how we can make our components reusable defining a clear interface with prop types.

Let's now dive into a real world example and take a look at how we can transform a non-reusable component into a reusable one with a generic and cleaner interface.

Suppose we have a component that loads a collection of posts from an API endpoint, and it shows the list on the screen.

It is a simplified example, but it is useful for understanding the necessary steps we need to take to make components reusable.

The component is defined as follows:

class PostList extends React.Component 

With the constructor and a life ...

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