Recreating the Chrome Console in React – LogRocket

  • Since a session could potentially have thousands of logs, we knew that we’d need to build a virtual list where DOM nodes are unmounted when they leave the viewport.User-interactive JSON treeExpanding objects in the Chrome ConsoleLike the Chrome javascript console, users should be able to expand objects that were logged.
  • Simply knowing the length of the list and having a rowRenderer function that can render a given row is all it needs!Our ImplementationI’m not going to describe every detail of our console implementation since much of it is a standard application of react-virtualized, but there are a few bits where we diverged that are interesting.Row HeightsAs I described earlier, react-virtualized takes a prop rowHeight which is a function that returns the height of a row at a given index.In this screenshot of the LogRocket log viewer, notice that there are 2 states for each row: default, and expanded.
  • However, when a row is expanded, its height varies as the user expands different subtrees of the object.We needed a way to write a rowHeight function that handles dynamic height rows- something like this:In order to implement getExpandedRowHeight in the above psuedo-code, there were two potential options.Guarantee deterministic height of an expanded objectTo achieve this, we would have needed to design the object tree view component from the ground up to make its height a pure function of the subtrees that are expanded.
  • Also, making this guarantee would make it difficult to iterate on the look and feel of the log viewer since changes to things like margins and padding would need to be adjusted for.Use react-measureInstead, we opted to use a library called react-measure which provides a helpful abstraction for writing components that are aware of their own height.react-measure wraps a given component and takes a prop, onResize which is a function that is called whenever the component’s size changes.In our case, whenever the size of a given row changes, we dispatch a Redux action which stores the height of that row in Redux.
  • Then in our rowHeight function, we simply get the height of the row from Redux, and react-virtualized can render it properly.There is a small performance penalty to this approach, since react-measure uses the DOM resize-observer API which isn’t implemented natively in all browsers, but in practice this is fairly minimal.Apollo ClientTo handle data fetching, we use apollo-client which is a GraphQL client that works nicely in React apps.

One of the core features of LogRocket is the replay of console and Redux logs in production web apps. To do this, you add the LogRocket SDK to your app which sends logs to LogRocket. Then, when…
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