How to write your own Virtual DOM

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The main part of Virtual DOM can be written in less than ~50 lines of code. […] When we change something in our Virtual DOM Tree, we get a new Virtual Tree. Algorithm compares these two trees (old and new), finds differences and makes only necessary small changes to real DOM so it reflects virtual.

const a = (
  <ul>
    <li>item 1</li>
    <li>item 2</li>
  </ul>
);

const b = (
  <ul>
    <li>item 1</li>
    <li>hello!</li>
  </ul>
);

// Set content of #root to a
updateElement(document.getElementById('root'), a);

// Set content of #root to b
updateElement(document.getElementById('root'), b, a);

In the image above you can see what happens in the Virtual DOM when a is replaced by b (triggered by updateElement(document.getElementById('root'), b, a);). Only the childElement that is different is updated in the actual DOM.

How to write your own Virtual DOM: Part 1: The Basics →
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