Within React applications, I frequently want to share and update some state without having to pass it down the whole component tree.
Usually you would go with something like Redux or MobX, but I dislike the idea to use those for small things like showing/hiding a modal. In general, I prefer using those only for business logic.
With React's new Context API, we get an encapsulated way to share state throughout the whole child component tree without having to pass it down and since React 16.3 it even ships a lightweight render-props based component API instead of using the old declarative API.

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