React constant elements transformer

Hoists element creation to the top level for subtrees that are fully static, which reduces call to React.createElement and the resulting allocations. More importantly, it tells React that the subtree hasn’t changed so React can completely skip it when reconciling.

This transform should be enabled only in production (e.g., just before minifying your code) because although it improves runtime performance, it makes warning messages more cryptic.

Example

In

const Hr = () => {
  return <hr className="hr" />;
};

Out

const _ref = <hr className="hr" />;

const Hr = () => {
  return _ref;
};

Deopts

  • Spread Operator

    <div {...foobar} />
    
  • Refs

    <div ref="foobar" />
    <div ref={node => this.node = node} />
    
  • Composite Components

    const ComponentA = () => <div><MyCustomComponent /></div>;
    

Installation

npm install --save-dev babel-plugin-transform-react-constant-elements

Usage

.babelrc

{
  "plugins": ["transform-react-constant-elements"]
}

Via CLI

babel --plugins transform-react-constant-elements script.js

Via Node API

require("babel-core").transform("code", {
  plugins: ["transform-react-constant-elements"]
});

References