Configuring react-d3 into a Rollup Build System

Configuring react-d3 into a Rollup Build System

Rollup is a next generation bundling system that I’m using with react. There is a port of the d3 Javascript graphing library called react-d3. As with most cases where you put together a bunch of new technologies, there are configuration issues.

Here is how I include react-d3 into my rollup projects:

import React from 'react'
import { LineChart } from 'react-d3'

Then to make an actual graph:

export class GraphWidget extends React.Component
   constructor( props ) { super( props ); }

      var width = 700,
          height = 300,
          margins = {left: 100, right: 100, top: 50, bottom: 50},
          title = "Events",
          x = function( d ) { return d.index; };

      var lineData = 
                name: "series1",
                values: [ { x: 0, y: 20 }, { x: 24, y: 10 } ]
                name: "series2",
                values: [ { x: 70, y: 82 }, { x: 76, y: 82 } ]

      return ( <LineChart
                  title     = {title}
                  width     = {width}
                  height    = {height}
                  margins   = {margins}
                  data      = {lineData}
                  x         = {x}

React-D3 breaks with Use Strict

The current version of d3, and react-d3 depends on having access to “this”. The default build with babel is to use strict, which eliminates the global this, and will break react-d3.

There is a lot of discussion on the web about ways to turn off use strict in plain babel environments, and with more popular packagers like webpack and browserify. Here is how I solved this for my rollup environment.

First install:

npm install rollup-plugin-post-replace

This is just like the common plugin rollup-plugin-replace except that it runs after bundling.

Then in rollup.config.js:

var postReplaceConfig =
   '"use strict";': '',
   "'use strict';": ''

var config =
      postReplace ( postReplaceConfig ),


ReactD3 Main page for the ReactD3 project
RollupJs Main page for the RollupJs project
Babel Main page for the Babel JS transpiler project
React Main page for the React JS framework
rollup-plugin-post-replace A rollup plugin to replace text after bundling
How to remove global “use strict” added by babel StackOverflow answer about how to do this with plain babel.