In the previous parts, we have covered many different React features. The way to create the input controls from the configuration object and validation of those controls are just some of the features we have covered. These features will be useful in this part of the series where we send the PUT request towards the server in order to update our entity object.

So, let’s dive right into it.

For the complete navigation and all the basic instructions of the React series, check out: Introduction to the React series.

For the previous part check out: Form Validation and Handling POST Request

The source code is available at GitHub: React series – react-series-part8-end branch

This post is divided into several sections:

Preparation for the Update Owner Component and the Routing Settings

Inside the containers folder, we can find the Ownerfolder. Inside that folder, we are going to create a new one and name it UpdateOwner. Let’s create a new file UpdateOwner.js inside:

UpdateOwner structure Put Request in React

In this file, we are going to handle a business logic to update the owner entity by reusing the features we have already used in the CreateOwner component. Therefore, this business logic shouldn’t be too hard to understand because we already have all the necessary knowledge (from previous parts) about input fields, validation, and a state object.

Let’s add the basic logic to the UpdateOwner.js file:

So, we have created the class component with its local state. This state has the same properties as the CreateOwner component: the ownerForm, and isFormValid. For the UpdateOwner component, we need to set the isFormValid property to true because all the fields on the form are going to be populated as soon as the component mounts. Therefore, our fields will not be invalid when form mounts as they were in the CreateOwner component.

In the compnentWillMount lifecycle hook, we fetch all the input configuration and update the state.

To enable navigation to this component we need to modify the App.js file:

Now we are able to navigate to this component.

Adding Input Elements, Validation, and Two-Way Binding

Right below the render function and above the return block we are going to add this line of code to convert the ownerForm object to an array of objects:

We shouldn’t forget to add the import statement for the formUtilityActions and the Input component as well:

Then, inside the Well tag, we are going to add this code to display the input elements and buttons:

This is code which we have used in one of the previous posts. Moreover, let’s add the handleChangeEvent function (below the componentWillMount lifecycle hook) to enable validation and two-way binding:

Again this is the section where we can reuse the code for validation and two-way binding.

At this moment when we click on the Update button in the OwnerList component, we are going to see the UpdateOwner view:

UpdateOwner initial view Put Request in React

This is fine, but we want to populate all the fields with correct owner’s data.

So, let’s do exactly that.

Connecting the Reducer With the Component

Let’s add the necessary import statements in the UpdateOwner.js file:

Then we are going to add the mapStateToProps function below the component:

Just below the mapStateToProps function, we need to add the mapDispatchToProps function:

Finally, let’s modify the export statement:

There it is.

Now we have the connection between the reducers and our component and we can add our modal components to show success or error messages.

First, let’s add the import statements:

Then we need to add the components below the Form tag but inside the Well tag:

Fetching Data From The Server

Below the compnentWillMount lifecycle hook, we are going to add another hook to fetch the data from the server:

In this function, we take the id of the owner we want to update and then we fetch that owner from the server. After that we need to update our local state (to be more precise the ownerForm object inside that state) to show the data from the owner object in the input fields.

The componentWillMount and the componentDidMounthooks are the creation lifecycle hooks. But React has the update lifecycle hooks which triggers as soon as a new property arrives at the component or we update the state.

So, if we take a look at the diagram where we explained the Redux flow, we can see that after the reducer updates the state, the central store is going to propagate that state as props inside the component. We can catch that change at that moment and update our ownerForm object inside our local state with the update lifecycle hook.

Displaying Data on the Screen

Therefore, let’s add a new update lifecycle hook below the componentDidMount function:

The componentWillReceiveProps hook is called only when a component receives a new props object and not when we update the state.

Why is this important ?

Well, some of the update lifecycle hooks are going to be triggered when new props arrive and when we update the state as well, therefore if we update the state inside that hook and do not provide the exit condition (some type of if statement) we are going to end up with an infinite loop. But that’s not the case with the componentWillReceiveProps hook.

Inside the componentWillReceiveProps hook, we are not using this.props statement but the nextProps parameter because it contains our new props object. So, all the actions in this function are dedicated to extracting the ownerForm from the state immutably and placing it in theupdatedOwnerform. Then from the updatedOwnerForm, we can extract all the other objects immutably as well (name, address, and dateOfBirth). After that action, we can change the property values inside those objects and return those objects inside the updatedOwnerForm. Finally, we can update the state with the new updatedOwnerFormobject.

Now our form has a different look once we navigate to it:

Populated Update Owner form

Executing the Update Action

At the end let’s add two functions to redirect to the OwnerList component if we click the Cancel button, and to update the entity:

There we go. Now we can test the update functionality.

We can modify the code on the Web API server to respond with the success and the error responses to test our modal components. Furthermore, we can test the form validation by emptying the input fields or typing more than 60 characters in the address input field.


By reading this post, you’ve learned:

  • How to use different lifecycle hooks to fetch data from the server and to update a local state
  • To handle PUT request in our project

Thank you for reading the article and I hope you found something useful in it.

In the next part of the series, where we finish our React series journey, we are going to learn how to handle Delete request in our application.

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