Redux in react-server

I like Redux. The philosophy makes sense to me, I’ve had good luck in the past, and I’m doing everything I can to avoid getting swept up by new ideas everytime I try my hand at frontend development.

On react-server-redux

Of course I still have to learn how to set the damn thing up. The docs are again lacking, but the well hidden examples might save me again. The meteor-site example in particular has the full query+redux+render lifecycle.

It turns out that there’s not too much beyond the normal Redux setup:

  • Set up the action methods, which may dispatch(...) other actions and then return either literal data or a thunk to resolve later.
  • Create a reducer to update state given some dispatched data.
  • Use connect(...) to wire the Redux state and dispatch into React components as props.
  • Create the Redux store during the handleRoute part of the react-server Page lifecycle.
  • Use ReduxAdapter and RootProvider from react-server-redux to defer React component processing based on the Redux store contents instead of a normal thunk,

Note that the Redux store does not know how to dispatch thunks by default. That means pulling in thunkMiddleware from redux-thunk and passing it to createStore when doing the handleRoute setup. The incantation is a bit longer than I expected:

import { createStore, applyMiddleware, compose } from 'redux';
import thunkMiddleware from "redux-thunk";

const composeEnhancers = typeof window !== 'undefined' && window.__REDUX_DEVTOOLS_EXTENSION_COMPOSE__ || compose;

var store = createStore(

This has nothing to do with react-server, it’s just normal Redux modularity gone wild and it confused me a bit.

Written on January 16, 2018