FAQ

Can I use Atomic Layout with emotion/glamour/etc.?

Atomic Layout currently ships in the following packages:

  • atomic-layout, for styled-components support;

  • @atomic-layout/emotion, for @emotion/styled support;

Those packages would require respective peer dependencies. Please refer to more detailed installation instructions of a specific package in the README of that package:

The rendering and styling parts of the library's implementation are isolated from the areas generation and responsive logic, which makes Atomic Layout susceptible to becoming a styling-agnostic solution.

You are one Pull request away from your favorite styling library working with Atomic Layout. What a striking combo that would be!

Why is there no useComposition React hook?

React hooks are extremely powerful, and there may be a temptation to use something like a useComposition hook. However, that is not a good idea, when examined more closely.

Hooks are useful for a few patterns:

  • Isolate repeated state and its update logic;

Internally, <Composition/> component is stateless. Composition accepts areas and props, generates areas React components, and returns them in a render prop.

Since there is no state to encapsulate in the useComposition hook, perhaps, it can handle areas generation? It could shorten the rendering part, allowing us to get rid of the render prop and React.Fragment wrapper. Such hook may look something like this:

import React from 'react'
import { useComposition } from 'atomic-layout'
const Header = () => {
const { Composition, Areas } = useComposition(`
logo menu
`)
return (
<Composition>
<Areas.Logo />
<Areas.Menu />
</Composition>
)
}

There is a serious problem with the output such hook produces: it disrupts a parent-child relation of the composition and its composites. This lack of relation can lead to problems during the rendering, as nothing forces a developer to render areas as children of an associated composition component.

The biggest reason to adopt the render prop pattern for the <Composition/> component is to enforce a strict Composition-Areas relation.