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Discussion on: Binding Data to Charts using Vue Components and D3

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Mikhail Panichev

I make charts with d3 in Vue almost every day and here is some of my best practices:

  • Avoid to import whole d3 - it has a very heavy geo module and many unnecessary modules for most cases. Use the following syntax:
const d3 = {
  ...require('d3-scale'),
  ...require('d3-shape'),
};
  • Use jsx, not d3 selections - it's much simpler when you learn it. You also don't have to watch the data updates and write renderLine and updateLine methods, you just write the render function and deal with reactive data and shadow DOM

I would write an article about d3, Vue and jsx, but I have a little experience in writing and bad english

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Brian Greig Author

Definitely agree on the recommendation to pull in only those dependent modules.

Regarding JSX I assume that is easier / harder based on your familiarity with the syntax.

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Mikhail Panichev

Oh and of course some features are simpler with d3 selections - animations and transition for example

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Mikhail Panichev

You haven't to use JSX, you can use vue templates, but JSX is a little more flexible. The idea is to use

<path
  :d="lineShape(data)"
  stroke="red"
/>

<!-- or d={this.lineShape(this.data)} in jsx -->

Instead of

d3.select(this.$el).append('path')
  .attr('d', this.lineShape(this.data)
  .attr('stroke', 'red')
;

I think html/svg is more readable

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Brian Greig Author

Per your suggestion I updated the example to just pull the dependent d3 files.