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    Efficient shallow equality algorithm that also allows checks for react element equality of children props


    shouldComponentUpdate is a powerful way to improve performance of react and react native applications, but often you have components which you can expect to be "pure", but you also want them to have an API that accepts children.

    Having a children prop pretty much removes any chance of using a "shallow" equality comparison of props, since React.createElement will return a new object reference on every call, so JSX elements are always new object references.

    shallowElementEquals takes this into account, and treats children props in a special way such that it will assume that all of the children elements provided to a component are "pure" as well, and just the props/types could be compared for an optimized comparison.

    Be careful using this

    This is dangerous. Don't use this function if you don't understand its consequences. By having a component adopt a shouldComponentUpdate method like this, you are assuming something about the components that people are passing into your component as children that may not be true (ie, that they are pure). If this is not true, the consumers of your component may have their application behave in ways that they do not expect, and the reason will be completely opaque to them.

    I would probably not recommend using this type of an optimization on public code or open source projects where lots of people will be using it without understanding these assumptions.


    npm i shallow-element-equals --save


    import shallowElementEquals from 'shallow-element-equals';
    // ...
    shouldComponentUpdate(nextProps) {
      return !shallowElementEquals(this.props, nextProps);

    Examples of how this works

    See the tests to understand better what this will match on.


    npm i shallow-element-equals

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