I have developed a Lightning Web Component using Chartjs according to the example given here: https://github.com/trailheadapps/lwc-recipes/tree/master/force-app/main/default/lwc/libsChartjs
I have added the ability to bring in retrieved data as the dataset, and to generate a new chart when the dataset is changed. However, the line that creates the chart does so by appending to the existing DOM: this.template.querySelector('div.chart').appendChild(this.canvas);
I want to have the chart be replaced when the dataset changes. I have looked at the Chartjs options, and it would seem that I could use chart.reset() or chart.update() to update the existing data, but there does not seem to be a way in LWC to replace the chart with the new chart rather than appending it (showing all rendered charts).
Is there a way to "wipe clean" the DOM/HTML before appending the new chart? Or is there a way to replace the chart in the existing DOM without appending it? I have been working on this for a couple of days now and I cannot see how to do it. Even a way to completely re-render the component from scratch each time may work, but I cannot figure out how to do that either.
So, my component subscribes to a change in another component that sends an account code. When the account code changes, I retrieve numerical information related to that account code and create a chart with that data. I want the component to only show the latest chart, not append the chart to the existing chart that was last shown. I also thought that maybe I could store the charts in a list, and only display the last one, but I would have to re-render the DOM entirely to make that work as well.
Any help is appreciated. This is the last logistical hump to get over to create a Lightning App Page that I have been asked to do.
EDIT: After much research, it seems there is no way to affect the existing DOM. When I try to do a RemoveChild(), I get an error about access being denied from namespace "c". I cannot imagine that there is NO way to refresh a chart in Lightning Web Components when new data is received. Once again...any help is appreciated.