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HTML5 Graphing and Data Visualization Cookbook

By : Ben Fhala
Book Image

HTML5 Graphing and Data Visualization Cookbook

By: Ben Fhala

Overview of this book

The HTML5 canvas tag makes creating any plot shape easy, all you have to do then is fill it with exciting visualizations written in JavaScript or using other visualization tools. "HTML5 Graphing and Data Visualization Cookbook" is the perfect break into the world of Canvas, charts, and graphs in HTML5 and JavaScript. In this book we will go through a journey of getting to know the technology by creating and planning data-driven visualizations. This cookbook is organized in a linear, progressive way so it can be read from start to finish, as well as be used as a resource for specific tasks.This book travels through the steps involved in creating a fully interactive and animated visualization in HTML5 and JavaScript. You will start from very simple "hello world"ù samples and quickly dive deeper into the world of graphs and charts in HTML5. Followed by learning how canvas works and carrying out a group of tasks geared at taking what we learned and implementing it in a variety of chart types. With each chapter the content becomes more complex and our creations become more engaging and interactive.Our goal is that by the end of this book you will have a strong foundation; knowing when to create a chart on your own from scratch and when it would be a good idea to depend on other APIs.We finish our book in our last two chapters exploring Google maps and integrating everything we learnt into a full project.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
HTML5 Graphing and Data Visualization Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewer

Final project: building a live itinerary

Although the natural next step from our previous sample would be just to add an extra feature to our already growing social map (which we have built throughout this chapter), we are taking a direction shift.

In our final recipe, we will build an interactive Google map that will animate with the travel information of a close friend of mine in South America while I was working on this book. To build this application, we will animate the map by adding drawings and moving markers; we will integrate with an external feed of travel information and integrate animations and text snippets that will describe the journey. In the following screenshot, you can see a very small snapshot of the plain path:

Getting ready

Many of the elements we will be working with in this recipe will be based on work we did throughout all of the chapters. As such, it will not be easy to just jump right in if you haven't gone through the journey together with us. There are no prerequisites...