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React migration #3071

arikfr opened this Issue Nov 13, 2018 · 2 comments


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arikfr commented Nov 13, 2018

As announced in July, we started the migration of our frontend code to React:

It’s long overdue that we migrate from Angular 1. Yet an actual migration was never prioritized, because it doesn’t directly benefit the end user so we preferred to focus on things that actually benefit the user.

But opportunity presented itself, when the good folks from Mozilla decided to experiment with migration Redash from Angular to React. While personally, for a new project, I wouldn’t necessarily pick React (but rather Vue), for an existing code base React presented the following advantages:

  • it had a clearer path to doing a gradual migration using the react2angular library (and later the angular2react one).
  • Both the team at Mozilla and other contributors have past experience with React.

Now that #2546 is merged we have a hybrid code base, where we can introduce React component into our code. We will start with gradually rewriting existing components and writing new code with React.

This is a gradual process where until finished, our codebase will use both Angular.js and React. Since version 4 we were shipping this hybrid codebase. The code editor, date parameters and edit in place component use React now.

I'm opening this issue to track and discuss related work.

My suggestion for the migration process is:

  1. Keep replacing Angular components with React:
  • Visualizations #3301
  • Query editor page
  • Dashboard grid #3285
  • Dashboard page
  • List pages (queries, dashboards, etc)
    • Queries
    • Dashboards
    • Users
    • Alerts
    • Data Sources
    • Groups #3411
    • Alert Destinations
  • Dynamic Form #3179
  • Settings
  • Replace toastr with Ant component #3547
  1. Implement extension points support with React. #3072
  2. Now that most of the components are React based, replace the router and state management with React.
  • Decide on router library (React Router?)
  • Decide on state management. I prefer to use something which is as simple as possible to avoid adding complexity before we really need it. Suggestions from active React users are welcome.
  • Move all logic code ("services" in Angular) to be non Angular dependent. We might be able to do this already, by utilizing the workaround of removing Angular's DI (see "Experiment with removing dependency on Angular’s DI" here).
  • Replace current routing/init process with the chosen router and state management.
  1. At this point we can remove Angular from our dependencies.

We might need to figure out state management before step 2, as some more complex components will require it.


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arikfr commented Dec 23, 2018 - can be relevant for our dashboard grid.


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ice2038 commented Jan 9, 2019

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