What is Inline Style In React?
As we all know React is the preferred library for many developers, offering a wide range of styling possibilities for web applications. You can make a web page look nice with styling. In regular web development, we often use inline styles, adding them directly in the style attribute of elements. But in the React world, things work a bit differently, and it’s pretty cool!
Traditionally, for non-single-page applications, styling often involves placing inline styles directly within the style attribute of DOM elements. React introduces a more elegant and flexible approach to styling (with its component based architecture).
We’ll completely explore each styling method here in this blog article. You’ll learn how to make wise decisions to give your React project a good-looking, easy-to-use interface (while maintaining code quality & usability). You’ll learn how to style React components and have a great card component to utilize in your projects by the end.
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What Are Inline Style In React?
Why Use Inline Styles?
Inline styles can be a lifesaver when you need to customize the styles of a specific component without creating separate CSS files. It’s like having a mini-palette for each component. Code flexibility, usability, and organization improved.
Imagine you’re building a house. And each room has a different color. In the traditional CSS way, you’d use a separate paint bucket (CSS file) for each room. But in React, it’s like having mini paint buckets inside each room (component). It keeps things neat and reduces the chances of colors (styles) spilling over where they shouldn’t.
How to Use Inline Styles
Here’s a simple example:
Let’s get to the code right away! See how inline styles work. Consider a simple React component, like a button:
We’ve created a “buttonStyle” object with properties like “backgroundColor,” “color,” and more in this example. We then use this object in the style attribute of the button component, and just like that, our button looks fancy!
Let’s Break It Down
- backgroundColor – sets the button’s background color to blue.
- color – sets the text color to white.
- fontSize – defines the font size.
- padding – adds some spacing inside the button.
- borderRadius – rounds the corners of the button.
- cursor – changes the cursor to a pointer when hovering over the button.
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What are styles in components of React?
1) Inline Styles
Example of inline styles in a React component:
2) CSS Modules
You create a separate CSS file for each component and import the CSS module into the component with CSS Modules. This allows you to write traditional CSS, but the styles are scoped to the component, preventing global style conflicts.
Example using CSS Modules in a React component:
Example using styled-components in a React component:
Styles in React components allow you to create visually appealing and functional user interfaces. The choice of styling method depends on the project’s requirements, your personal preference, and the level of component reusability you need.
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How To Build Card Component using React with inline styles
Let’s build a simple card component step by step. We’ll use inline styles (to style the card) here.
Step 1: Set Up the Project
Ensure you have a React project set up. Use “/create-react-app” to, as the method name suggests, create the react app.
Step 2: Create the Card Component
Create a new file called Card.js in your components directory.
Step 3: Define the Card Component
In Card.js, define the card component using React with inline styles:
We define a “Card” component with inline styles in this code. The “cardStyle” object contains CSS properties for styling the card. We use the “style” attribute to apply the “cardStyle” to the outer <div> of the card.
Step 4: Use the Card Component
Now, you can use the Card component in your main application file, such as App.js:
Step 5: Style the Card Further
You can enhance the styling by adding more properties to the cardStyle object or by creating separate style objects for different parts of the card (e.g., title, content).
You can also make the card more active by giving props to the Card component to change the text.
You’ve made a simple card component in React by using inline styles with this method. Build on this idea to make more complicated card patterns and parts of your app that can be used more than once.
In React, inline styles are like having a magic paintbrush for each room in your app’s house. Instead of running around with separate paint buckets (CSS files), you neatly paint the look of each component right where it belongs.
So, let your creativity shine and give your React components the right look they deserve.
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