Client, server, and native native applications are consistent across their environments. This occurs as rendering requests occur and tasks are shifted between different machines and users as well. Here is how server rendering works:
”The most common use case for server-side rendering is to handle the initial render when a user (or search engine crawler) first requests our app,” according to Redux’s website Redux’s website. ”When the server receives the request, it renders the required component(s) into an HTML string, and then sends it as a response to the client. From that point on, the client takes over rendering duties.”
This consistency also makes software easy to test and debug with the Redux DevTools. Flexibility in implementation is the key.
Getting the Most out of Redux
Is Redux Always Needed?
Redux aims to abstract the complexity involved in finding specific states of development and being able to make changes to the code based on these states. If the application being developed has a heavy period of development with lots of changes across different development phases, then Redux will abstract the complexity of managing these states.
Thus, Redux can be very beneficial for complex applications and for applications that need a longer period of development across multiple developers or teams. This is because such software has a reasonable amount of data changing over a period of time and developers working across teams will want to be able to see and follow state changes.
Consider React First
React is able to contain states as well to a degree at its top level, but Redux offers a more comprehensive way of overall state management.
Why Following & Managing States Is Important
Managing states can be very useful when you want to roll back changes and even use a time machine-like function to recall a previous state. Let's consider modern software developing teams producing AAA games as an example of the need to follow states.
If you are a software development team producing gaming software your game will see many changes from inception to the final product. It will also more than likely be developed over a period of a few years or more.
Thus, you will want a comprehensive state management tool that is able to see the changes in the state of development and recall previous states or changes on-demand. This way you can revert to the previous code when you realized your team is heading in the wrong direction with the software or if some mistakes were made during development.
However, Redux does come with its own caveats or small hurdles developers will have to get used to. These constraints include developers having to “store application state as plain data, describe changes as plain objects, and handle those changes with pure functions that apply updates immutably.”
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