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@react-terra/hooks

Composable hooks and components to build the future of finance. 🚀

by Jordy (Jordan) Lee

0.0.868 (see all)License:MITTypeScript:Not Found
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Overview

Terra Hooks is an experimental wrapper over the Terra.js API.

The goal is to provide seamless integration out of the box between React apps and real-time data from the Terra blockchain.

Terra Hooks is headless; that is, its only responsibility is providing re-usable logic. It's up to the developer to decide how the client handles and renders the resultant data. However, Terra Hooks is designed to work with its constituent UI library—Terra Components (coming soon).

Installation

  yarn add @react-terra/hooks @terra-money/terra.js 
  @terra-money/wallet-provider rxjs

Follow the instructions from https://github.com/terra-money/wallet-provider to wrap your app in the wallet provider:

import {
  NetworkInfo,
  WalletProvider,
  WalletStatus,
  getChainOptions,
} from '@terra-money/wallet-provider';
import React from 'react';
import ReactDOM from 'react-dom';

// getChainOptions(): Promise<{ defaultNetwork, walletConnectChainIds }>
getChainOptions().then((chainOptions) => {
  ReactDOM.render(
    <WalletProvider {...chainOptions}>
      <YOUR_APP />
    </WalletProvider>,
    document.getElementById('root'),
  );
});

Example

  import { useLiveBalances } from '@terra-hooks/use-live-balances';

Benefits

  • Declarative API with minimal surface area
  • World-class UX is the first priority
  • Conservation of resources is next (observables are lazily invoked)
  • All functionality can be easily consumed by dApps—even if developers have no knowledge of RxJS

Design Principles

Terra hooks relies heavily on RxJS. In this way, it follows best practices for integrating React with RxJS (of which there aren't many resources) [1][2].

The basic idea is that there are "two worlds": the React world (i.e. the UI layer) and the observable world (i.e. the services layer).

The React world consists of typical React components. They are light on logic and do little more than subscribe to a data stream or communicate events back to the observable world.

The observable world is where RxJS is used to handle complex async logic. This logic exists as data streams composed of network requests to the Terra blockchain & events from the browser. The observable-hooks library is used to combine these worlds together.

We can use the example of rendering a user's wallet with stablecoin balances to bring everything together. Ostensibly, this may seem like a straightforward task. However:

  • Currently, the Terra API doesn't appear to adequately support websockets.
  • This leads to poor UX by default as the latest balance changes aren't reflected live.
  • The only solution is to constantly poll the Terra endpoint for the latest data.
  • But this creates a new issue of being wasteful with resources.
  • Trying to solve all these issues within useEffect would lead to a huge mess, etc...

Here's how Terra Hooks solves it:

  1. Once the user initialises their wallet, create an observable which polls the Terra blockchain every 6 seconds.
  2. Ensure that any work done after the data has been fetched is lazy. That is, do not update any local state if the data fetched from the latest network request is identical to the previous request.
  3. Additionally minimise resource usage by stopping polling if the browser window is hidden (and re-commence polling if the browser comes back into view).
  4. Make this observable multi-case so any React component can subscribe to it and listen for balance state changes.

References

[1]. https://observable-hooks.js.org/

[2] . https://betterprogramming.pub/reactive-programming-with-react-and-rxjs-88d2789e408a

[3] . https://redux.js.org/style-guide/style-guide/#do-not-put-non-serializable-values-in-state-or-actions

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