React: Fetching data with lifecycle methods, hooks, or suspense — a comparison

Dmitri Pavlutin has compared the several ways to fecthing data in React.

Lifecycle methods had been for a long time the only solution to fetching. However fetching using them has problems with lots of boilerplate code, duplication, and reusability difficulties.

Fetching using hooks is a better alternative: way less boilerplate code.

Suspense’s benefit is declarative fetching. Your components are not cluttered with fetching implementation details. Suspense is closer to the declarative nature of React itself.

Bonus points for iterating on the hooks version by extracting it to a custom hook (which could be even further abstracted to a generic fetchData hook):

import React, { useState } from 'react';

import EmployeesList from "./EmployeesList";
import { fetchEmployees } from "./fake-fetch";

function useEmployeesFetch(query) {
  const [isFetching, setFetching] = useState(false);
  const [employees, setEmployees] = useState([]);

  useEffect(function fetch {
    (async function() {
      setEmployees(await fetchEmployees(query));
  }, [query]);

  return [isFetching, employees];

function EmployeesPage({ query }) {
  const [employees, isFetching] = useEmployeesFetch(query);
  if (isFetching) {
    return <div>Fetching employees....</div>;
  return <EmployeesList employees={employees} />;

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Published by Bramus!

Bramus is a frontend web developer from Belgium, working as a Chrome Developer Relations Engineer at Google. From the moment he discovered view-source at the age of 14 (way back in 1997), he fell in love with the web and has been tinkering with it ever since (more …)

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