Djave February 2016

How to compile JSX with Babel into JavaScript

I'm trying to compile the very simplest React tutorial using browserify. I've run:

sudo npm install browserify

Then as stated here

sudo npm install --save-dev babelify

Then I have my file js/script.jsx

var HelloMessage = React.createClass({
  render: function() {
    return <div>Hello {}</div>;

ReactDOM.render(<HelloMessage name="John" />, mountNode);

And I'm running from the folder

browserify js/script.jsx -t babelify --outfile bundle.js

But then this happens:

djave at djaves-iMac-3 in /Volumes/djave/react
$ browserify js/script.jsx -t babelify --outfile bundle.js
SyntaxError: /Volumes/djave/react/js/script.jsx: Unexpected token (4:11)
  2 | var HelloMessage = React.createClass({
  3 |   render: function() {
> 4 |     return <div>Hello {}</div>;
    |            ^
  5 |   }
  6 | });
  7 | 

What am I doing wrong? This is literally my first step into this area so it may be I've missed a pretty major step.

More errors (although I suspect this won't help too much!)

 at Parser.pp.raise (/Volumes/djave/react/node_modules/babelify/node_modules/babel-core/node_modules/babylon/index.js:1425:13)
 at Parser.pp.unexpected (/Volumes/djave/react/node_modules/babelify/node_modules/babel-core/node_modules/babylon/index.js:2907:8)
 at Parser.pp.parseExprAtom (/Volumes/djave/react/node_modules/babelify/node_modules/babel-core/node_modules/babylon/index.js:754:12)
 at Parser.pp.parseExprSubscripts (/Volumes/djave/react/node_modules/babelify/node_modules/babel-core/node_modules/babylon/index.js:509:19)
 at Parser.pp.parseMaybeUnary (/Volumes/djave/react/node_modules/babelify/node_modules/        


Djave February 2016

All fixed, thanks to @azium.

First get the React preset:

npm install babel-preset-react

Next, create a file called .babelrc in the root of your project, and put in it the following:

  "presets": ["react"]

Then do the

browserify js/script.jsx -t babelify --outfile bundle.js

That compiles everything, and as an extra to make sure that react and react-dom are included (as shown here) you can run the following:

sudo npm install --save react react-dom 

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