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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
Contributors
Preface
Index

Time scales


You can use simple string categories to represent dates and temporal information, but by using an axis of the time type, you can parse, format, and generate temporal data. This allows greater flexibility and interactivity.

The time scale requires the moment.js library (momentjs.com). To use the time scale, you can either import the moment.js library or include the Chart.bundle.js library in your page. It's best to import moment.js since you might want to use other date and time functions. You can do that including by it in your page via CDN:

<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/moment.js/2.24.0/moment.js">
 </script>

The data is usually configured using the point structure, where the x property is a Date and the y property is some quantitative value. You can also use the t property instead of x. Many standard date formats are parsed automatically. These are some valid data points for time:

{x: new Date(), y: 1} // now
{t: ‘20190224’, y: 2} // 2019-02-24...