Bad ways you’re using react – inline styles

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Ayy, React homies! We know how easy it is to style components with inline styles in React, but sometimes, it can go way overboard. Too many inline styles can lead to messy, tough-to-maintain code, and ain’t nobody got time for that! In this post, we gonna check out the problems with overusing inline styles and how to find the right balance for cleaner, more organized code.


What are inline styles?

Inline styles be a way to apply CSS directly to your React components, right there in your JSX. Instead of usin an external CSS file or a CSS-in-JS solution, you define styles as JavaScript objects, and you apply ’em to your components using the style attribute. Here’s a quick example:


But remember, too much of a good thing can be bad, and that’s why we’re talkin about the problems with overusin inline styles. Now, let’s get back to it! 💪🎨🚀


Why shouldn’t you use inline styles

Aight, now that we know what inline styles are, let’s break down the 4 big problems that can pop up when you’re overusin inline styles in your React apps. Let’s dive in! 🌊🎨🚀


Inline styles got too much duplication:

Overdoing inline styles means you’re duplicating styles across your components. Your code gets harder to maintain, and when it’s time to make changes, it’s a straight-up nightmare!


Solution: Use CSS modules, styled-components, or other CSS-in-JS libraries to make reusable styles that you can apply to different components easily.


Inline styles holdin back your CSS game:

When you all about inline styles, you’re missin out on the full power of CSS. Pseudo-classes, media queries, CSS animations — they all get harder to use.


Solution: Keep your stylesheets alive! Mix it up with external CSS, CSS-in-JS, and inline styles to take advantage of all the cool stuff CSS got to offer.


Inline styles be slowin you down:

Packin’ your components with tons of inline styles means your JavaScript bundles gettin’ chunky. This can lead to longer load times and a slower app.


Solution: Optimize by using external stylesheets, CSS modules, or CSS-in-JS libraries to separate your styles from your components, keepin’ things lean and fast.


Inline styles makin global styles tough:

Usin too many inline styles can make it hard to apply global styles or themes to your app. Changin the look and feel of your app turns into a big ol’ mission.


Solution: Combine global stylesheets, CSS-in-JS, and theme providers to create a consistent look for your app and make it easy to apply changes.


When SHOULD you use inline styles

Aight, so there are times when inline styles can be super useful. Let’s check out an example where using inline styles is totally appropriate:


Imagine you’re building a progress bar component, and the width of the bar needs to be dynamic based on the percentage of completion. In this case, inline styles are perfect because they allow you to change the width of the progress bar directly from your component’s state or props:


function ProgressBar({ progress }) {
  const progressBarStyle = {
    width: `${progress}%`,
    backgroundColor: 'green',
    height: '20px',
    borderRadius: '5px',

  return (
      <div style={progressBarStyle}></div>
      <p>{progress}% complete</p>

In this example, we got a ProgressBar component that takes a progress prop. We’re using inline styles to set the width of the progress bar based on the progress prop, and it works like a charm. This is one of those situations where inline styles make sense because they let you quickly and easily change styles based on your component’s state or props.

Just remember, it’s all about balance — use inline styles when they make sense, but don’t overdo it! Keep your code clean, organized, and efficient. 🎨🚀💯

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