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Creating Restaurants

Implement "Add"

Let's turn our attention to the NewRestaurant component and how we will use the endpoint POST /api/Restaurants to create a new restaurant.

Make the NewRestaurant the component we render in the App.

Change the App component to render the NewRestaurant component for now. Once we get these two pages working, we'll add in react-router to be able to switch between them.

Track state for each input field

For each input field, we will need to track the data in the input form. Since there are fields for Name, Description, Address, and Telephone we will need a state for all of these.

Typically we would create separate state variables for each of the input fields. However, all of these are related to a restaurant. Let's look at the JSON we need to send for creating a new restaurant:


We won't be sending the id field since the database will take care of that, but the rest of the attributes are what we want to generate. This indicates that we could use a single state variable that was an object with this shape. That is:

const [newRestaurant, setNewRestaurant] = useState<RestaurantType>({
name: '',
description: '',
address: '',
telephone: '',

If we can update this state with the values from the input fields, then we could just POST this object to the API.

We will change each <input> and textarea to include a value= property and an onChange property:


We set the value to the part of the object corresponding to the name of the object we are building. We also set a unique method to handle input/textarea changes.

Let's implement one of the handling methods, handleAddress:

function handleAddress(event: React.ChangeEvent<HTMLInputElement>) {
const newAddressText =
const updatedRestaurant = { ...newRestaurant, address: newAddressText }

Here we get the new text for the address from the value attribute of the changed element. Then we construct a new object by first taking the existing object and spreading it. This approach takes each key/value pair and makes it a key/value pair in the object we are creating. In essence, this "copies" the values to the new object. Then we add in the address field with its new value. Adding the new value afterward, we override any address key/value pair already spread into the new object. In the end, we have a copy of the existing newRestaurant object but with a new value for the address

This pattern will repeat for the other form fields:

function handleDescription(event: React.ChangeEvent<HTMLInputElement>) {
const newDescriptionText =
const updatedRestaurant = {
description: newDescriptionText,

However, if you notice, we added a field name to each of the inputs that have the field's name. We were careful to name these after the object's properties. Thus we can use this to create a single handle method that is reusable amongst all the onChange events for string based state:

function handleStringFieldChange(
event: React.ChangeEvent<HTMLInputElement | HTMLTextAreaElement>
) {
const value =
const fieldName =
const updatedRestaurant = { ...newRestaurant, [fieldName]: value }

NOTE: If we have an integer state, we would need an equivalent handleIntegerFieldChange method.

Finally, let's handle the case of submitting the form. Instead of adding an onClick method to the button, we will add an onSubmit for the <form>. This event handles all the ways a form may be submitted (e.g., pressing enter in an input field)

<form onSubmit={handleFormSubmit}></form>

The implementation of handleFormSubmit will use a react-query mutation to create the new restaurant.

First, setup a method to submit the new restaurant. Since this method will receive the restaurant to create it can exist outside of the component definition

async function submitNewRestaurant(restaurantToCreate: RestaurantType) {
const response = await fetch('/api/Restaurants', {
method: 'POST',
headers: { 'content-type': 'application/json' },
body: JSON.stringify(restaurantToCreate),
return response.json()

Then we can setup the mutation

const createNewRestaurant = useMutation(submitNewRestaurant)

Finally, our form submit handler becomes:

async function handleFormSubmit(event: React.FormEvent<HTMLFormElement>) {

Time to add some React Router

NOTE: If you do not have React Router installed in your template, you will need to do this step first:

In your ClientApp directory:

npm install react-router react-router-dom npm install --save-dev
@types/react-router @types/react-router-dom

It is now time to start to route our pages. We'd like the Restaurants page to be at our home path of / and the NewRestaurant page to be at a path of /new. Then when we add a restaurant, we will redirect the user back to the home page.

If you need to update main.tsx

<QueryClientProvider client={queryClient}>
<App />

First, we will set up the routes in our App.

export function App() {
... other code ...
return (
... other code ...
<Route exact path="/">
<Restaurants />
<Route exact path="/new">
<NewRestaurant />
... other code ...

In the App component, let us update the button in the header to be a correct link.

<Link to="/new">
<i className="fa fa-plus"></i> Restaurant

Returning to our NewRestaurant component, we can now have the user redirected to the home page after submitting their new restaurant.

To do this we change our mutation to call history.push('/') after submitting the API request.

We also add const history = useHistory() to use the history object from react-router

const history = useHistory()
const createNewRestaurant = useMutation(submitNewRestaurant, {
onSuccess: function () {

Now, if you click on + Restaurant, type in details for a restaurant and click the submit you will redirect to the home page and see your new restaurant populated

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