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After using Vue and Angular.js (I used the first version of Angular when it came out) for many years, I have to say that I always enjoyed the simplicity of using v-if and ng-if to render child components conditionally.

Now I'm writing React primarily and I'm bothered by the constant use of ternary operators when dealing with conditionally rendered components.

function SomeComponent({condition}) {
  return <div>
    { condition ? <span>Yes it is true!</span> : null }

It's not a big deal, and there are many different ways to render boolean-dependent components (such as using &&), but I never really liked writing code like this and I don't think it's very readable.

Today I read 7 Ways of Achieving Conditional Rendering in React, and it included a handy snippet that I'll adopt from now on.

A conditional if component

I can't say that I didn't consider abstracting the ternary operators away, but somehow I never took it into practice. Fernando Doglio's article now moved me over the line to adopt a nicer pattern. Say hi to the functional if component.

function IF({children, condition}) {
  if (condition) {
    // render children if the condition is truthy
    return children;

  return null;

 * Use the component as follows:
 * <IF condition={condition}>
 *   <Greeter username={} />
 * </IF>

It's seven lines of code and this tiny component can be brought into any React project as a handy utility. Much better! Thank you Fernando!

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