How to display d3.js chart using directive?

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by larissa , in category: Javascript , 2 months ago

How to display d3.js chart using directive?

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by wilmer.lemke , 2 months ago

@larissa 

To display a D3.js chart using a directive in Angular, you can follow these steps:

  1. First, include the D3.js library in your project. You can either download the library and include it in your project or use a CDN link.
  2. Create a new Angular directive to encapsulate the D3.js chart. This directive will handle the creation and updating of the chart.
  3. In the directive's template, create an element (e.g., SVG) where the chart will be rendered.
  4. Use the directive link function to manipulate the DOM and draw the D3.js chart. You can use the D3.js functions to create the chart and bind data to it.
  5. Make sure to watch for changes in the data or options passed as attributes to the directive and update the chart accordingly.


Here is an example of how you can create a directive to display a simple D3.js bar chart:

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import { Directive, ElementRef, Input } from '@angular/core';
import * as d3 from 'd3';

@Directive({
  selector: '[appD3Chart]'
})
export class D3ChartDirective {
  @Input() data: number[];

  constructor(private el: ElementRef) { }

  ngAfterViewInit() {
    // Create the SVG element
    const svg = d3.select(this.el.nativeElement)
                  .append('svg')
                  .attr('width', 400)
                  .attr('height', 200);

    // Create and bind data to the bars
    svg.selectAll('rect')
       .data(this.data)
       .enter()
       .append('rect')
       .attr('x', (d, i) => i * 50)
       .attr('y', d => 200 - d)
       .attr('width', 40)
       .attr('height', d => d)
       .attr('fill', 'steelblue');
  }

  ngOnChanges() {
    // Update the chart when data changes
    const svg = d3.select(this.el.nativeElement).select('svg');
    
    svg.selectAll('rect')
       .data(this.data)
       .transition()
       .attr('y', d => 200 - d)
       .attr('height', d => d);
  }
}


In your component HTML file, you can use the directive like this:

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<div [appD3Chart]="data"></div>


And in your component TypeScript file, you can define the data array:

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data = [10, 20, 30, 40, 50];


This will create a simple bar chart using D3.js within an Angular directive. You can customize the chart as needed and add more functionality to the directive to handle interactions and updates.