Question: Cannot use Arrow functions inside react component class

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Cannot use Arrow functions inside react component class

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Added at 2016-12-30 16:12
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I've started a project where i use React JS for the front end an node js in backend. I used webpack for bundling up JS files. i used babel along with other necessary stuff. When ever i use arrow functions inside a react class it gives a syntax error. like Module build failed: SyntaxError: Unexpected token. But i can use Arrow function in node without any issue.

this is my webpack config file

import path from 'path';
import webpack from 'webpack';
import 'react-hot-loader/patch';

export default{
  devtool: 'eval',
  entry:[
    'react-hot-loader/patch',
    'webpack-hot-middleware/client?reload=true',
    path.join(__dirname,'client/index.js')],
  output:{
    path:'/',
    publicPath:'/'
  },
  plugins:[
    new webpack.NoErrorsPlugin(),
    new webpack.optimize.OccurenceOrderPlugin(),
    new webpack.HotModuleReplacementPlugin()

  ],
  module:{
    loaders:[
      {
        test:/\.js$/,
        include:path.join(__dirname,'client'),
        loaders: ['react-hot-loader/webpack', 'babel']
      },
      {
        test: /\.jpe?g$|\.gif$|\.svg$|\.png$/i,
        loader: 'file-loader?name=[name].[ext]'
      }
    ]
  },
  resolve:{
    extension:['','.js']
  }
}

My React file

class mapSidebar extends React.Component{

    constructor(props,context){
       super(props,context);
       this.state = {
         dataSource: []
       };
         this.handleUpdateInput = this.handleUpdateInput.bind (this);
    }

    handleUpdateInput = (value) => {
      this.setState({
        dataSource: [
          value,
          value + value,
          value + value + value,
        ],
      });
    };

    render(){
      return(
        <div>
          <Paper zDepth={2}>
            <div>Hello</div>
            <div>
                <AutoComplete
                  hintText="Type anything"
                  dataSource={this.state.dataSource}
                  onUpdateInput={this.handleUpdateInput}
                />
          </Paper>
        </div>
      );
    }

}

export default mapSidebar;

How to resolve this issue?

Answers to

Cannot use Arrow functions inside react component class

nr: #1 dodano: 2016-12-30 16:12

It is not a problem of arrow function but using it inside class declaration, this code will work in constructor body or any other function body but not in class declaration.

Code should look just like that:

handleUpdateInput(value){
  this.setState({
    dataSource: [
      value,
      value + value,
      value + value + value,
    ],
  });
};

Using arrow function can be done inside any class method, but not inside class declaration. For example using arrow function in constructor:

constructor(props,context){
   super(props,context);

   this.someFunc = ()=>{
     //here function code
   };
}
nr: #2 dodano: 2016-12-30 16:12

It's not the arrow function that's causing a problem here. Class properties are not part of the ES6 specification.

handleUpdateInput = (value) => {
  // ...
};

If you want to be able to transform this code, you'll need to add the class properties babel plugin.

Alternatively, this transform is provided as part of Babel's stage 2 preset.

Using an arrow function with a class property ensures that the method is always invoked with the component as the value for this, meaning that the manual rebinding here is redundant.

this.handleUpdateInput = this.handleUpdateInput.bind (this);
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