React Updating State Lab


In this lab, you'll update state using setState(). After running npm install and npm start, you'll see that this app is not currently working. Your task is to build and export two components. These components are unrelated except in that they but will use setState() to update their internal state.

World Record Click Counter

Oldtimer stuff

We got a new job! Woo! This time, we're a judge for the Guinness World Records. We're no ordinary judge, however — we're a modern day judge. We do things using computers. Instead of using those old, clunky clickity-things to count stuff for world records, we'll write our very own digital clicker!

  1. In the components/DigitalClicker.js file, create a DigitalClicker React component.

  2. This component has an initial state property called timesClicked, which is initially defined as 0.

  3. The component renders out a button with a label that shows the timesClicked value. This means that, at the start, your button should just say 0.

  4. Whenever the button is clicked, update the state by incrementing the timesClicked by 1.

HINT: At the moment, src/index.js is trying to import DigitalClicker and the next component, YouTubeDebugger. To be able to see your progress as you build out DigitalClicker, you can comment out the second component by wrapping it in curly braces and comment indicators:

{/*<YouTubeDebugger />*/}

Don't forget to remove these before you begin building the second component!

Debugging YouTube


You can only count so many jumps, hula-hoop rotations, and hot dogs being devoured before you go insane. Time to move on from our record judge job to greener pastures! Not to worry, we've secured ourselves a gig at YouTube this time! Our first task is to create some sort of debug bar that allows us to control the simulated network conditions on YouTube. Among other things, we can change our resolution, the bitrate of the videos, the audio quality, and so on. IMPORTANT: remember that if you want to change any value in any object, you may want to spread the said object, as we mentioned in the previous lab.

  1. In the components/YouTubeDebugger.js file, create a YouTubeDebugger React component.

  2. This component has several state properties. The initial state shape looks like this:

  errors: [],
  user: null,
  settings: {
    bitrate: 8,
    video: {
      resolution: '1080p'
  1. Create a button with the class 'bitrate'. Clicking this button changes the settings.bitrate state property to 12.

  2. Create a button with the class 'resolution'. Clicking this button changes the state property to '720p'.

A Note on Classes in React

Classes can be added as attributes in JSX, similar to HTML. The one difference to remember is that in JSX, we must use the className attribute, rather than class. Using class will cause an error while testing. Classes are used in this lab to make testing your solution a little easier.


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