High order functions to use in React's JSX when working with events

Usage no npm install needed!

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  import accuratEventUtils from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/@accurat/event-utils';



High order functions to use in React's JSX when working with events

The objective of these functions is to reduce the boilerplate code when handling events in react, and to wire up the pure state setters directly to the component.


yarn add @accurat/event-utils


Given a basic and functional state setter in react

setName = (name) => {
  this.setState({ name })

or the equivalent in mobx-state-tree

setName(name) {
  self.name = name

with @accurat/event-utils you can use the setter directly on the JSX component:

import { eventValueExtractor } from '@accurat/event-utils'

// ...

<input value={name} onChange={eventValueExtractor(setName)} />

Another common use case is with links and custom routing:

import { preventingDefault } from '@accurat/event-utils'

// ...

<a href={href} onClick={preventingDefault(gotoPage)} />

Also those functions use the powers of functional programming 🌪, so you can combine them!

import { preventingDefault, replaceArguments } from '@accurat/event-utils'

// ...

  {options.map((option, i) =>
      onClick={preventingDefault(replaceArguments(setName, option))}

This way you don't have to use anymore the build pattern in react, and you can get rid of all those boilerplate methods in the component!

Another thing you can get rid of is the onKeyDown method with the switch case inside that fires a function on a certain event.key, you can use an object association instead:

import { attachListenersToKeys } from '@accurat/event-utils'

// ...

    Enter: preventingDefault(state.commit),
    ArrowDown: state.selectNext,
    ArrowUp: state.selectPrev,


The available functions are:

  • preventingDefault(fn)
  • stoppingPropagation(fn)
  • eventValueExtractor(fn)
  • eventTargetExtractor(fn)
  • addArguments(fn, ...args)
  • replaceArguments(fn, ...args) (similar to lodash.partial)

If the names aren't self-explanatory enough, you can check out the source code, the functions are really simple and straightforward.

Note that react also supports passing null to the event binding other than a function, so you will be also able to do

<a href="" onClick={preventingDefault(this.props.onClick)} />

allowing the component to receive null as the onClick prop, thanks to the line

if (fn === null) return null