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Daniel Doubrovkine

aka dB., @awscloud, former CTO @artsy, +@vestris, NYC

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In the previous post I’ve setup a “Hello World” React Native app. I’ll now add a button that toggles some text.

The button itself is changes title depending on whether a meeting has started or not. The initial state of a meeting will default to false.

export default class App extends React.Component {
  state = {
    isMeetingStarted: false

  render() {
    return (
      <View style={styles.container}>
        <Button title={ this.state.isMeetingStarted ? 'Stop Meeting' : 'Start Meeting' } />

State is a core concept in React Native: every time state changes, all components affected by state will re-render. We will toggle the state of isMeetingStarted in JavaScript.

toggleMeeting() {
    isMeetingStarted: !this.state.isMeetingStarted
<Button onPress={() => this.toggleMeeting()} ... />

Code, Tests and Travis CI

The above code is 33-minutes-app@599fd1. I’ve also setup Travis-CI in 33-minutes-app@7445d1 and have written some tests with Jest in 33-minutes-app@b05d45. Tests work by taking a snapshot of the DOM and comparing the results before and after the button is pressed. In the next post I will add and remove list items.