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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


In this chapter, we explored several ways to configure the look and feel of interactive charts created with Chart.js, using native properties, as well as some extensions and plugins.

We first learned how to set global defaults, which can be inherited by multiple charts and used to set a consistent theme across different charts, sharing basic layout, fonts, and color schemes. We also explored some online services, tools, extensions, and plugins for styling charts and adding labels. Then we configured the behavior of a chart after updates and user interactions, tinkering with animation algorithms and callbacks.

You already know enough Chart.js to create any chart. In the next chapter, we will dive deeper into some of these topics, configure tooltips, learn how to program the Chart.js API, and you will learn how to create your own plugins.