React.js with typescript

React.js with typescript

One of the most widely used javascript frameworks is React.js, developed by Facebook it gained popularity for being lightweight, and its reactive component-based design allows the developer to split the application into the individual component which automatically changes/ rerenders on the page when related data changes.  In an MVC application, it is used as V (view) of your application.

Typescript is developed at Microsoft, It is a superset of javascript and a lot of additional features to javascript. But where javascript can be directly used in projects typescript is not understood by browsers or runtime environments like Node.

When you install Typescript, apart from its libraries it comes with a Compiler, and when a .ts file is run through the compiler it generates an equivalent js file, i.e the Typescript code is converted to Javascript which can be used in your application.

Some of the features that typescript provides are:-

  1. Type:- you can use the built-in type in Typescript or create your own type by

           Combining existing types, and then you use them, tells exactly what value should

           be stored in a variable.

         Some of the built-in types are:- number, string, boolean, object, Array  


  1. Type Autocomplete:- when you use types to tell what value will be stored based

 on this typescript will recommend exactly what methods can be run variable instead of showing all the matching names when you start typing a method


  1. Customization:- When you initialize a typescript project it will create a .tsconfig file and here you can customize how typescript will work, you can select how it will be compiled from typescript to javascript like es5, es6, etc and you can customize to your needs


 In this article, we will be combining both React.js and Typescript for a todo app where you can add items to a list and removed them. We will use the create-react-app CLI and NPM  for setting up the project, we can use the below command to set up the project


npx create-react-app my-app --template typescript


This will create a react project with a typescript template.


Once the setup is finished you will have a project like this, it is similar to the Normal react.js setup except for .ts and .tsx files which replace the .js or .jsx files

Next, we are going to create a components folder and where will store all the components for this project and we will also clear the content of the app.tsx file and only keep the container and also remove the content inside.

We will also be removing the app.css file as it will not to used.


We will create a new file in the component folder named newtodo.tsx,


We will create a form for adding todo’s on the list


First, we will import the react library and useRef hook which will be used to get the form data

Next on line 3, we create a type called newToDo with a property toDoAddHandler

type newToDo={





This will be used to tell typescript what type of data we will be expecting as props from the other component.

The toDoAddHandler is a function that is present in the app.tsx file which we will be sending as a prop to this component.

Next, we create a function component  named NewTodo like blow

 const NewTodo:React.FC<newToDo> = (props)=> {}

React.FC is a type that comes with react typescript template which tells what types of function it is, and the <newToDo> tells what to expect as props from the function.

React.FC has a generic type that means it will change to match your data type or data which we will be sending. I.e it is expecting items that we specify in the newToDo type we created. so it will be expecting a function named toDoAddHandler to be passed as props.


   const reference = useRef<HTMLInputElement>(null);

    const addTod =(e:React.FormEvent)=>{


            const txt = reference.current!.value




Typescript provides a a type for HTML elements  e.g

 HTMLInputElement  type for input element of any type like text, number, etc

 HTMLUListElement  type specifies that we are working with a UL element

And in the code, above we used one of those to tell what type of element we are working with.

This type helps in types script understanding and showing relevant methods which are present for the element.  

Next, we set up a useRef() hook, in typescript the useRef() hook has a generic type and

<HTMLInputElement>  is used to specify the type of element we will be getting to the function.  

And after that it is the form of our application where our user will add todo items and submit the form, onSubmit it is linked to the function which will be called everything we submit the form, and in the form, we have also linked the input element to the useref hook 


 return (

      <form  action="" onSubmit={addTod}>

          <input type="text" id="todo" ref={reference} />

          <button type="submit">Add Todo</button>




We will now create the component for listing out the



The code is similar to the existing component, here we created an interface to tell typescript what function/data will be coming as props

Here we are going to take an array of elements and render a list of todo’s using the map function and li element and we are returning an unordered list.  

interface TodoInterface{


    deleteTodos:(id:string) =>void;



The interface tells that we will be expecting  items array which will contain objects with key id and text and a deleteTodos  function which will be linked to the list of items 


The next code takes the data and creates a list and after creating it returns the list to the main component


const Todo:React.FC<TodoInterface>= (props) =>{

    return (<ul>



            return <li key={}>


                    <button onClick={props.deleteTodos.bind(null,}>Removed</button>






export default Todo;


The App Component

The app component is the main component where the form and the list of items will be will be integrated and will be shown to the user


First, we import the libraries and the component which will be used in our app


import React,{useState} from 'react';

import Todos from "./components/todo";

import NewTodo from "./components/newTodo";


Then we will create an interface with the property id  of type string and text of type sting


interface dataFormat{id:string;text:string}


Next is the main app function, the start of our program

Here we specified App of type React.FC (react function) .


const App:React.FC = () => {


Then we set up a useState hook and give it the dataFormat type and specify it as an empty array and used destructuring to make todo state and addtodo function.

const [todo,addTodo] =useState<dataFormat[]>([]);


Next, we create a toDoAddHandler function which will add the todo which the user submits to the state it will accept a text which will be the todo user added.

Here we generate a random id  using Math.random().toLocaleString()  


And then assign it to the state using the  addtodo  function


  const toDoAddHandler = (text:string)=>{

    const id:string=Math.random().toLocaleString();




 Next is the deleteTodos  function which will accept an id and then filter the todo item list/state to find a todo with a given id and remove it from the list  

  const deleteTodos = (id:string) =>{

      addTodo(prev =>{

        return prev.filter(todo=> !== id);




 Next is the jsx for the component which will take the two-component we created. We will pass the function we created to the appropriate component as a props  


  return (

    <div className="App">

      <NewTodo toDoAddHandler={toDoAddHandler} />

      <Todos items={todo} deleteTodos={deleteTodos}  />




export default App;

After this, we can add styles to the elements as desired


After adding the styles and running the project it should look like this, This is the form where the user will add items to the list.                                                           



Once the item has been added it will appear in the list and the user can delete the item by clicking on the link

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