RFR Section 14 – Extra Credit Ideas/Challenges


Updated Mar 14th, 2022

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In this section you’ll find ideas for extra credit challenges. I’ll point you in the general direction but I won’t give you the exact code of how to achieve these things. The idea here is to:

  1. Use what you’ve learned throughout the course and put together your own solution.
  2. Simulate a job situation where you’re assigned a ticket and need to take care of things within an existing React app.

Profile Not Found Situation

In our Profile.js component we didn’t account for what should happen if someone visits a URL for a username that doesn’t exist. Inside our Axios request, you can use an if statement, and if response.data evaluates to false, that means it’s empty, and the server didn’t send anything back for that particular username because that user doesn’t exist. In this case we’d want to render our component instead of any profile JSX.

Login Form: Highlight Empty Fields With Red Border

In our HeaderLoggedOut.js component if a visitor submits the login form while leaving either the username field or password field blank we should prevent any Axios request from ever being sent, as it’s obviously going to fail. Also, if a field is left blank give the input element in question an additional class of is-invalid which will give it a red border to indicate to the user what’s wrong.

Allow For Other Color of Flash Messages (Not Only Green)

In our FlashMessages.js component the class of alert-success is what makes the flash message have a green background color. Our CSS (Bootstrap) design allows for other class names that create other colors of flash messages:

alert-primary (blue)

alert-secondary (gray)

alert-success (green)

alert-danger (red)

alert-warning (yellow)

alert-info (light blue/teal)



With this in mind, you might want to show a red flash message for situations that aren’t positive. For example, if a user tries to visit the /edit URL for a post that they aren’t the author of. The “You do not have permission to edit that post” message would probably make more sense in red instead of green.

Adjust the way you use appDispatch() to add flash messages throughout our app so that you also pass along a phrase like “success” or “danger” or “primary” to control the color of the message. Then, in FlashMessages.js adjust things so that the alert-success class is no longer hard-coded and is instead dynamic.