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Learn Chart.js

By : Helder da Rocha
Book Image

Learn Chart.js

By: Helder da Rocha

Overview of this book

Chart.js is a free, open-source data visualization library, maintained by an active community of developers in GitHub, where it rates as the second most popular data visualization library. If you want to quickly create responsive Web-based data visualizations for the Web, Chart.js is a great choice. This book guides the reader through dozens of practical examples, complete with code you can run and modify as you wish. It is a practical hands-on introduction to Chart.js. If you have basic knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript you can learn to create beautiful interactive Web Canvas-based visualizations for your data using Chart.js. This book will help you set up Chart.js in a Web page and show how to create each one of the eight Chart.js chart types. You will also learn how to configure most properties that override Chart’s default styles and behaviors. Practical applications of Chart.js are exemplified using real data files obtained from public data portals. You will learn how to load, parse, filter and select the data you wish to display from those files. You will also learn how to create visualizations that reveal patterns in the data. This book is based on Chart.js version 2.7.3 and ES2015 JavaScript. By the end of the book, you will be able to create beautiful, efficient and interactive data visualizations for the Web using Chart.js.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
About Packt

Creating a simple bar chart

Now that you have a working environment set up, let's get started and create a simple bar chart. You can type in the code as we go along, but you can also download the full working examples from the GitHub repository for this chapter. Each screenshot and code listing in this book contains a reference to the file used to produce it.

Setting up the graphics context

Charts are displayed inside the graphics context provided by an HTML Canvas object. There are many ways to create one; the simplest way is to use plain HTML. Place a <canvas> element somewhere inside <body>. It should have an ID attribute, as follows:

<canvas id="my-bar-chart" width="200" height="200"></canvas>

Chart.js graphics are responsive by default. The chart will fit in the available space: the height and width attributes won't affect the actual size of the chart (unless you change the defaults).

You can obtain a JavaScript handle to the canvas object using DOM (or JQuery) in...