React’s Escape Hatch

February 21, 2022 Engineering/Front-End

  • Being not constraint to a specific domain is one of React's killer features.
  • In React DOM, you can always fall back to creating custom <div> elements with your own styles if something doesn't work.
    • There's a maintainance overhead by doing so but it also unblocks so many use cases.
    • Even at the new Facebook.com, custom containers with with the full fallback to the browser were very common.
  • Every good design systems that I have seen embraces this and allows their users to forward e.g. custom class names to their inner working components.

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Philipp Spiess
Philipp Spiess [ˈʃpiːs]

Prev: Engineer at Sourcegraph and Meta, curator of This Week in React, React DOM team member, and Team Lead at PSPDFKit.