Салман Салман - 5 months ago 91
Javascript Question

What's the '@' (at symbol) in the Redux @connect decorator?

I am learning Redux with React and stumbled upon this code. I am not sure if it is Redux specific or not, but I have seen the following code snippet in one of the examples.

@connect((state) => {
return {
key: state.a.b
};
})


While the functionality of
connect
is pretty straightforward, but I don't understand the
@
before
connect
. It isn't even a JavaScript operator if I am not wrong.

Can someone explain please what is this and why is it used?

Update:

It is in fact a part of
react-redux
which is used to connects a React component to a Redux store.

Answer

The @ symbol is in fact a JavaScript expression currently proposed to signify decorators:

Decorators make it possible to annotate and modify classes and properties at design time.

Here's an example of setting up Redux without and with a decorator:

Without a decorator

import React from 'react';
import * as actionCreators from './actionCreators';
import { bindActionCreators } from 'redux';
import { connect } from 'react-redux';

function mapStateToProps(state) {
  return { todos: state.todos };
}

function mapDispatchToProps(dispatch) {
  return { actions: bindActionCreators(actionCreators, dispatch) };
}

class MyApp extends React.Component {
  // ...define your main app here
}

export default connect(mapStateToProps, mapDispatchToProps)(MyApp);

Using a decorator

import React from 'react';
import * as actionCreators from './actionCreators';
import { bindActionCreators } from 'redux';
import { connect } from 'react-redux';

function mapStateToProps(state) {
  return { todos: state.todos };
}

function mapDispatchToProps(dispatch) {
  return { actions: bindActionCreators(actionCreators, dispatch) };
}

@connect(mapStateToProps, mapDispatchToProps)
export default class MyApp extends React.Component {
  // ...define your main app here
}

Both examples above are equivalent, it's just a matter of preference. Also, the decorator syntax isn't built into any Javascript runtimes yet, and is still experimental and subject to change. If you want to use it, it is available using Babel.

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