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How to use in imported class ReactJS

Understanding Classes in ReactJS

In the broad world of programming, classes are like blueprints. They outline the properties and functionalities of objects. Think of a class like the blueprint of a house, with the actual house being the object.

In ReactJS, we often use classes to define components. Let's consider a simple example:

class HelloWorld extends React.Component {
  render() {
    return (
      <h1>Hello, world!</h1>

This class, HelloWorld, extends from the main React.Component class and includes a render method that returns a simple "Hello, world!" message.

Importing a Class in ReactJS

If you have a class defined in another file, you can import it. This is similar to borrowing a book from a library. You don't own the book, but you can use it wherever you want, till you return it.

Here's how you can import a class in ReactJS:

import HelloWorld from './HelloWorld';

In this example, we are importing the HelloWorld class from the HelloWorld.js file located in the same directory.

Using an Imported Class

Once you've imported a class, you can use it in your current file. Let's see how we can use the HelloWorld class we imported earlier:

class App extends React.Component {
  render() {
    return (
        <HelloWorld />

In this example, we are using the HelloWorld component within our App component. We can do this because we have imported the HelloWorld class at the beginning of the file.

Tips for Working with Imported Classes

Always make sure the path to the file from which you're importing the class is correct. If the path is incorrect, you'll get an error.

Remember to use the correct class name. JavaScript is case sensitive, so HelloWorld and helloworld are two different things.

When you import a class, you're not copying it to your file. Instead, you're just creating a reference to it. Therefore, any changes you make to the imported class in its original file will reflect wherever you've used the class.


The act of importing classes in ReactJS is akin to a chef gathering all of their ingredients before they begin to cook. A chef doesn't need to grow each vegetable or make every spice they use from scratch. They source these from various vendors, or in our case, files. This allows them to focus on creating a fantastic dish, rather than worrying about producing each ingredient. Similarly, by importing classes, you can focus on building your application, knowing that you can leverage existing components (classes) to aid in your creation process.

So, the next time you're faced with a complex application, remember the chef. Break down your application into smaller, reusable components (or classes), and bring them all together to create your own unique recipe (application). Happy cooking!