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This series intends to show how I build an app to serve content from my WordPress blog by using react-native. Since we successfully build an app on the React Native CLI path., for the next step, we try to develop this app again but using Expo. We will discover the Expo ecosystem that makes our lives comfortable and help us avoid dealing with Native modules to learn how to deal with WordPress APIs. Here, the most prominent features talked about in the book are the dark theme, offline mode, infinite scroll, in-app purchase, and many more. You can discover much more in this series. this inspiration to do this tutorial series came from the React Native Templates from instamobile

this chapter we want to inform user for content being load and will show soon with Rnplaceholder package then we add image place holder again with react-native-image-placeholder is simple and need a little work but make good user experience take they not seen a blank screen

Content placeholder

import package to Home.js

import {
  Placeholder,
  PlaceholderMedia,
  PlaceholderLine,
  Fade
} from "rn-placeholder";

then change render function

render() {
    if (this.state.isLoading) {
      return (
        <View style={{ marginTop: 23, padding: 33 }}>
          <RNPlaceHolder />
        </View>
      );
    } else {

while isLoading equal true we display placeholder we can adjust placeholder style whatever your want all example available on snack

your will see simple demo for make nice we can add more row like that

Animated GIF

 

but we got a lot of repeats code

<View style={{ marginTop: 23, padding: 33 }}>
                   <Placeholder
                       Animation={Fade}
                       Left={PlaceholderMedia}
                       Right={PlaceholderMedia}
                   >
                       <PlaceholderLine width={80} />
                       <PlaceholderLine />
                       <PlaceholderLine width={30} />
                       
                   </Placeholder>
                   <Placeholder
                       Animation={Fade}
                       Left={PlaceholderMedia}
                       Right={PlaceholderMedia}
                   >
                       <PlaceholderLine width={80} />
                       <PlaceholderLine />
                       <PlaceholderLine width={30} />
                       
                   </Placeholder>
                   <Placeholder
                       Animation={Fade}
                       Left={PlaceholderMedia}
                       Right={PlaceholderMedia}
                   >
                       <PlaceholderLine width={80} />
                       <PlaceholderLine />
                       <PlaceholderLine width={30} />
                       
                   </Placeholder>
                   <Placeholder
                       Animation={Fade}
                       Left={PlaceholderMedia}
                       Right={PlaceholderMedia}
                   >
                       <PlaceholderLine width={80} />
                       <PlaceholderLine />
                       <PlaceholderLine width={30} />
                       
                   </Placeholder>
                   
                   <Placeholder
                       Animation={Fade}
                       Left={PlaceholderMedia}
                       Right={PlaceholderMedia}
                   >
                       <PlaceholderLine width={80} />
                       <PlaceholderLine />
                       <PlaceholderLine width={30} />
                       
                   </Placeholder>
                   <Placeholder
                       Animation={Fade}
                       Left={PlaceholderMedia}
                       Right={PlaceholderMedia}
                   >
                       <PlaceholderLine width={80} />
                       <PlaceholderLine />
                       <PlaceholderLine width={30} />
                       
                   </Placeholder>
                   <Placeholder
                       Animation={Fade}
                       Left={PlaceholderMedia}
                       Right={PlaceholderMedia}
                   >
                       <PlaceholderLine width={80} />
                       <PlaceholderLine />
                       <PlaceholderLine width={30} />
                       
                   </Placeholder>
                   <Placeholder
                       Animation={Fade}
                       Left={PlaceholderMedia}
                       Right={PlaceholderMedia}
                   >
                       <PlaceholderLine width={80} />
                       <PlaceholderLine />
                       <PlaceholderLine width={30} />
                       
                   </Placeholder>

we can separate to component

import React, { Component } from 'react'
import { Text, View } from 'react-native'
import { Placeholder, PlaceholderMedia, PlaceholderLine, Fade } from "rn-placeholder";

export class ContentPlaceholder extends Component {
    render() {
        return (
            <View style={{ marginTop: 23, padding: 33 }}>
                <Placeholder
                    Animation={Fade}
                    Left={PlaceholderMedia}
                    Right={PlaceholderMedia}
                >
                    <PlaceholderLine width={80} />
                    <PlaceholderLine />
                    <PlaceholderLine width={30} />

                </Placeholder>
                <Placeholder
                    Animation={Fade}
                    Left={PlaceholderMedia}
                    Right={PlaceholderMedia}
                >
                    <PlaceholderLine width={80} />
                    <PlaceholderLine />
                    <PlaceholderLine width={30} />

                </Placeholder>
                <Placeholder
                    Animation={Fade}
                    Left={PlaceholderMedia}
                    Right={PlaceholderMedia}
                >
                    <PlaceholderLine width={80} />
                    <PlaceholderLine />
                    <PlaceholderLine width={30} />

                </Placeholder>
                <Placeholder
                    Animation={Fade}
                    Left={PlaceholderMedia}
                    Right={PlaceholderMedia}
                >
                    <PlaceholderLine width={80} />
                    <PlaceholderLine />
                    <PlaceholderLine width={30} />

                </Placeholder>

                <Placeholder
                    Animation={Fade}
                    Left={PlaceholderMedia}
                    Right={PlaceholderMedia}
                >
                    <PlaceholderLine width={80} />
                    <PlaceholderLine />
                    <PlaceholderLine width={30} />

                </Placeholder>
                <Placeholder
                    Animation={Fade}
                    Left={PlaceholderMedia}
                    Right={PlaceholderMedia}
                >
                    <PlaceholderLine width={80} />
                    <PlaceholderLine />
                    <PlaceholderLine width={30} />

                </Placeholder>
                <Placeholder
                    Animation={Fade}
                    Left={PlaceholderMedia}
                    Right={PlaceholderMedia}
                >
                    <PlaceholderLine width={80} />
                    <PlaceholderLine />
                    <PlaceholderLine width={30} />

                </Placeholder>
                <Placeholder
                    Animation={Fade}
                    Left={PlaceholderMedia}
                    Right={PlaceholderMedia}
                >
                    <PlaceholderLine width={80} />
                    <PlaceholderLine />
                    <PlaceholderLine width={30} />

                </Placeholder>
            </View>
        )
    }
}

export default ContentPlaceholder

last, add back to Home.js

import ContentPlaceholder from '../components/ContentPlaceholder'

then replace old code

if (this.state.isFetching) {
         return <ContentPlaceholder />;
     } else {

now we can use on another screen for the next chapter

Image placeholder

next, we add another placeholder for image even another component showing after content placeholder disappear but an image will not load success for this we add another image placeholder package

npm i --save react-native-image-placeholder

then import package

import ImageLoad from 'react-native-image-placeholder';

and replace old card cover component

<ImageLoad
    style={{ width: '100%', height: 300 }}
    loadingStyle={{ size: 'large', color: 'blue' }}
    source={{ uri: item.jetpack_featured_media_url }}
/>

your will see result

next your can add for every screen that wants to initial make HTTP request

Conclusion

we successfully add a placeholder to our app that makes look nice and better for the next chapter. We will implement a single post screen to show individual post


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