Jotai was born to solve extra re-render issues in React. An extra re-render is when the render process produces the same UI result, where users won't see any differences.
To tackle this issue with React context (useContext + useState), one would require many contexts and face some issues.
- Provider hell: It's likely that your root component has many context providers, which is technically okay, and sometimes desirable to provide context in different subtree.
- Dynamic addition/deletion: Adding a new context at runtime is not very nice, because you need to add a new provider and its children will be re-mounted.
Traditionally, a top-down solution to this is to use a selector interface. The use-context-selector library is one example. The issue with this approach is the selector function needs to return referentially equal values to prevent re-renders, and this often requires a memoization technique.
Jotai takes a bottom-up approach with the atomic model, inspired by Recoil. One can build state combining atoms, and optimize renders based on atom dependency. This avoids the need for memoization.
Jotai has two principles.
- Primitive: Its basic interface is simple, like
- Flexible: Derived atoms can combine other atoms and enable
useReducerstyle with side effects.
Jotai's core API is minimalistic and makes it easy to build utilities based upon it.
Check out comparison doc to see some differences with other libraries.