Learn React Internals

How exactly does React work internally?

For many of us, how React works under the hood is a mystery.

  • What algorithm does React use to minimize DOM updates?

  • How are hooks implemented?

  • How does React.createElement handle both plain HTML elements & React components?

If one really wanted to understand this topic better, these are some of the resources they’d probably look at:

I’ve read all of these, and I know that they aren’t the easiest to follow. They’re often theory-heavy with no code examples, or 2000 word+ series that can get hard to keep up with.

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