React useDefault hook

React, Hooks, State · Oct 23, 2021

Creates a stateful value with a default fallback if it's null or undefined, and a function to update it.

  • Use the useState() hook to create stateful value.
  • Check if the value is either null or undefined.
  • Return the defaultState if it is, otherwise return the actual value state, alongside the setValue function.
const useDefault = (defaultState, initialState) => {
  const [value, setValue] = React.useState(initialState);
  const isValueEmpty = value === undefined || value === null;
  return [isValueEmpty ? defaultState : value, setValue];
const UserCard = () => {
  const [user, setUser] = useDefault({ name: 'Adam' }, { name: 'John' });

  return (
      <div>User: {}</div>
      <input onChange={e => setUser({ name: })} />
      <button onClick={() => setUser(null)}>Clear</button>

ReactDOM.render(<UserCard />, document.getElementById('root'));

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