Component Rendering

Listed below are a few tips and tricks having to do with component rendering.

Platform-Based Rendering

Sometimes, you want to load different versions of a file depending on what platform the user is on. React Native makes this incredibly easy: all you have to do is add an extra extension. For example, if you wanted to make a version of index.js specifically for web, all you have to do is make a new file with the name index.web.js. The original index.js will act as the default, and index.web.js will automatically be used on web. See "Cross-Platform Compatibility" for more details.

Render Something Different in the Editor

There are times you want to render something different, like a placeholder image, in the editor. This is very easy to do in Adalo. Every component is passed an editor prop, which is true when the component is rendered in the editor and false otherwise. This allows you to conditionally render different components based on context.

Forcing a React Component to Re-Render

Most React and React Native components automatically re-render when their props change. This makes changing values in the editor very intuitive - changed values automatically get reflected in the editor.

There are some times when this is not the case, however. For example, many icon components don't automatically re-render when their size prop is changed. To get around this limitation, you can add a key prop to the component, and make its value dynamically tied to the prop that isn't working. In the Icon example, this might look like:

import React, { Component } from 'react'
import { View } from 'react-native'
import Icon from 'react-native-vector-icons/MaterialIcons'
class AdaloComponent extends Component {
render() {
const { iconSize } = this.props
<Icon name="play" size={iconSize} key={`playIcon.${iconSize}`}>

The Icon component will now be forced to re-render whenever its key changes value, and thus when iconSize changes value.


If you use key in multiple places, make sure each key is unique. For example, if you have 3 icons that each have a key value, each key must be unique.

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