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HTML5 Graphing and Data Visualization Cookbook

By : Ben Fhala
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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

Creating an animated 3D chart (canvas3DGraph)

This recipe is real fun. It's based on the source files of Dragan Bajcic. It's not a full library of charts, but it's a great inspirational chart that can be modified and used to create your own 3D data visualizations.

Although our source files in our attached sample are modified from the original source (mainly canvas3DGraph.js), to get the original source for the open source projects used in this book, please visit our centralized list at

Getting ready

If you want to follow our updates, download the original source files from the provided link or review the changes that we make to Dragan's source files.

How to do it...

Let's jump right in as we have a lot of work to do:

  1. Create the HTML file:

    <!DOCTYPE html>
        <meta charset="utf-8" />
        <link rel="stylesheet" href="./external/dragan/canvas3DGraph.css">