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React component with Media queries for Responsive

This is a very simple approach using matchMedia support. We store media queries and a listener function as an object in an array. When the media query returns true the listener function will set the relevant component state true.

In our actual project, this approach is used with Redux. The queries instead of setting component state, update the Store. Containers connected to this store send the breakPoint, orientation, and other props to each child component.

Just an experiment. If pursued further, would probably make it a HOC (Higher Order Component).

Gist available here.

If packed and loaded into a web page as we resize the browser we should see:

Change size of browser to test

state: { 
    "orientation": "landscape", 
    "breakPoint": "LG" 

While CSS media queries are very useful, sometimes being able to respond ‘behaviorally’ to media events is very powerful.

Tested on
Chrome, FireFox, IE, and Edge. I guess they all have JavaScript MediaQuery support.

How it works

In the life cycle method ‘componentDidMount’ we add a query to an array in the component:

this.mediaQueryFactory(obj, '(orientation: portrait)', this.onPortrait);

	mql: obj.mql,
	listener: this.onPortrait

the onPortrait is the listener function:

onPortrait : function(flag){
	this.setState({orientation: 'portrait'});

Full Code

Other MediaQuery React implementations


  "name": "ReactMediaQuery",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "description": "Attempt at using Media Queries in React",
  "main": "./index.js",
  "scripts": {
    "test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1",
    "start": "webpack index.js dist/react-media-query-bundle.js"
  "keywords": [
  "author": "JosefBetancourt",
  "dependencies": {
    "babel-polyfill": "^6.9.1",
    "classnames": "^2.2.5",
    "react": "^15.3.0",
    "react-dom": "^15.3.0"
  "devDependencies": {
    "babel-core": "^6.10.4",
    "babel-loader": "^6.2.4",
    "babel-plugin-add-module-exports": "^0.2.1",
    "babel-preset-es2015": "^6.9.0",
    "babel-preset-es2016": "^6.11.3",
    "babel-preset-react": "^6.3.13",
    "babel-preset-stage-2": "^6.11.0",
    "eslint": "^3.2.2",
    "webpack": "^1.13.1"


var path = require('path');
const webpack = require('webpack');

module.exports = {
  /* entry point */
  entry: './index.js',
  /* output folder */
  output: {
    filename: 'dist/react-media-query-bundle.js'
  devtool: 'source-map',
  module: {
    loaders: [
        test: /\.js$/,
        loader: 'babel-loader',
        exclude: /node_modules/,
        query: {
          presets: ['es2015', 'react', 'stage-2']
  eslint: {
    configFile: path.join(__dirname, 'eslint.js'),
    useEslintrc: false
  plugins: [
  resolve: {
    extensions: ['', '.js', '.json'] 
  resolveLoader: {
      modulesDirectories: [


<!DOCTYPE html>
	<meta charset="utf-8">
	<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">  
  	<title>React Media Queries</title>
  <body class="body">
    <div id="root" class="">Loading page, please wait ....</div>
	<script src="dist/react-media-query-bundle.js"></script>


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How to edit React jsx scripts in Eclipse?

I was about to use React in a new project when I hit a development PITA. How do you edit the JSX scripts within a page using Eclipse?

In React, you can use JSX files or JSX script embedded in the page. The JSX transformer converts these to standard JavaScript at compile or in the browser.
Note: Embedding JSX scripts in a page is most likely a very bad thing to do. Maybe justified for learning React, demos, or quick examples.

Eclipse allows the use of shortcut key bindings for various views and content types.

From the React docs, below is a sample jsx script. When this is embedded in an HTML file within Eclipse, such as index.html, there is no way to edit the script using the normal Editing key bindings. Even indentation of highlighted lines fails. Weird, I even tried to create a new key binding for TAB or ctrl+i, to no avail.

<script type="text/jsx">
	var HelloWorld = React.createClass({
	  render: function() {
		return (
			Hello, <input type="text" placeholder="Your name here" />!
			It is {this.props.date.toTimeString()}

	setInterval(function() {
		<HelloWorld date={new Date()} />,
	}, 500);

If I discover how to get around this, I’ll post here. Of course, you can put your jsx code into an external js file, that Eclipse has no problem with.

Mar 1, 2016: Working on a new React/Redux app. Now in Eclipse, when editing js files and add a line by entering return at the end of a line, Eclipse adds + ” at the new line break. Oh veah. Creating runtime errors.


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