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David Khourshid

XState is a versatile state management & orchestration library that works with any framework, including React with the @xstate/react package. For many apps, managing global state is a requirement, and there are many options for sharing global state in React, like using React Context or libraries like Redux, MobX, and Zustand.

The @xstate/react package makes it simple to manage component-level state with hooks like useMachine() and useActor(), but it works equally well for managing global state 🌎

12 minute read

David Khourshid

It’s been about a year since we’ve released Stately Studio 1.0, and a lot has happened. Stately Studio is essentially a visual software modeling tool that strives to make it easy to create, manage, and use state machines, no matter how complex they may get. Primarily, it served as a powerful set of devtools for XState (an open-source library for creating state machines, statecharts and actors in JavaScript and TypeScript). You could import XState code to a state diagram, modify it visually in an intuitive drag-and-drop canvas, and export to XState. Eventually, we added more export options: JSON, Markdown, Mermaid diagrams, and stories.

But Stately Studio has bigger ambitions than just being a suite of devtools for XState. We’ve frequently heard that these state diagrams are an important source of truth for critical app logic, serving as documentation for the entire team that stays up-to-date with your code. But a reliable source of truth for app logic is a need for all apps, not just those that use state machines directly.

That’s why we’re so excited to release Stately Studio 2.0, which aims to meet developers where they are, no matter which libraries, frameworks, or even languages they use. There are many benefits to modeling app logic with state diagrams and the actor model, and we want to enable developers to take advantage of those benefits to build more robust, feature-rich, and maintainable app logic faster.

3 minute read

David Khourshid

React developers often need to share state between components. While the useMachine(...) hook provides a convenient way to represent local state as a state machine, it’s not very feasible for shared or global state. Thankfully, @xstate/react’s createActorContext(machine) function, released in @xstate/react@3.1.0, is a convenient way to share state machines globally in any React application.

10 minute read

Kevin Maes

Are you a React developer using XState to model your application logic? Perhaps you’ve heard of XState but have been looking for an easy way to try it out in one of your projects. If so, then I’d like to share with you a pattern I was introduced to when first diving into codebase at Stately, that of using custom machine hooks. This lightweight, reusable way to integrate XState into React components is a delight to work with and I think you might like it as much as I do!

3 minute read

Matt Pocock

XState can be used wherever JavaScript runs, whether on the backend or frontend. Because the code it creates can be visualized, it’s great at handling complex use cases - being able to see what a complex piece of code does can be extremely useful.

Let’s look at each use case one-by-one.

8 minute read

Matt Pocock

Managing state at different levels of complexity is hard. Different tools make different trade-offs between readability, complexity and speed of development. The worst part is that as apps get more complex, it’s easy to regret choices that were made early on.

This series of articles should help you make the right choice off the bat. The plan is to cover a bunch of state use cases, starting with the simple and graduating to more complexity as we go. We’ll see how easy they are to write, and also how they survive changing requirements.

Today, we’re starting with modals.

5 minute read

Matt Pocock

Many React applications follow the Flux architecture popularised by Redux. This setup can be characterised by a few key ideas:

  1. It uses a single object at the top of your app which stores all application state, often called the store.
  2. It provides a single dispatch function which can be used to send messages up to the store. Redux calls these actions, but I'll be calling them events - as they're known in XState.
  3. How the store responds to these messages from the app are expressed in pure functions - most often in reducers.

This article won't go into depth on whether the Flux architecture is a good idea. David Khourshid's article Redux is half a pattern goes into great detail here. For the purposes of this article, we're going to assume that you like having a global store, and you want to replicate it in XState.

6 minute read

Matt Pocock

XState can feel overwhelming. Once you’ve gone through Kyle or David’s courses and read through the docs, you’ll get a thorough understanding of the API. You’ll see that XState is the most powerful tool available for managing complex state.

The challenge comes when integrating XState with React. Where should state machines live in my React tree? How should I manage parent and child machines?