Richard Scarrott

Frontend Web Developer, London

Rendering Big Lists in React


Richard Scarrott on the 2nd August, 2016

React has become increasingly popular largely because it offers a great abstraction allowing you to conceptually re-render your UI on every state change. This means you can forget about writing state transition logic and only ever need to describe your UI at a single point in time, which turns out to usually be really very easy.

This abstraction is founded on the assumption your UI will only ever be made up of a limited number of nodes and in practice this is more often than not a fair assumption. Having said that, it is definitely still possible to blow your rendering budget when working with particularly large data sets.

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