Immutability in JavaScript using Redux

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In an ever growing ecosystem of rich and complicated JavaScript applications, there’s more state to be managed than ever before: the current user, the list of posts loaded, etc.

Any set of data that needs a history of events can be considered stateful. Managing state can be hard and error prone, but working with immutable data (rather than mutable) and certain supporting technologies- namely Redux, for the purposes of this article- can help significantly.

Immutable data has restrictions, namely that it can’t be changed once it’s created, but it also has many benefits, particularly in reference versus value equality, which can greatly speed up applications that rely on frequently comparing data (checking if something needs to update, for example).

Using immutable states allows us to write code that can quickly tell if the state has changed, without needing to do a recursive comparison on the data, which is usually much, much faster.

This article will cover the practical applications of Redux when managing state through action creators, pure functions, composed reducers, impure actions with Redux-saga and Redux Thunk and, finally, use of Redux with React. That said, there are a lot of alternatives to Redux, such as MobX, Relay, and Flux-based libraries.

Why Redux?

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