Five free web apps for graphing dynamic data
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Creating graphs is easy — grab your favorite spreadsheetrnprogram, enter some data, and use the chart wizard. What’s more difficult is creatingrnthose graphs to be published on the web based on dynamic data. Plenty ofrnoptions are available to graph hard-entered data, but few are capable ofrndynamic generation.
In this edition of Five Apps, we take a look at five freernweb-based tools for creating different types of graphs from dynamic data. Eachrnof these apps offers a vast number of options and lots of customizability, morernso than I could possibly demonstrate here. So take a look at each webpage andrnbrowse through the examples provided to see the power of each of these tools.
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Here are some additional settings available in therneditor. Settings can be maintainedrnvia the XML tab in the bottom left, for advanced chart creators.
D3.js also supports many specialized chart typesrnu2013 in reality, it supports anything someone wishes to create because it is arncomplete DOM framework.
Another advanced feature of Flot is selectionrnand zooming. You can click and dragrnwith the mouse to select a range of data and then optionally zoom into thatrnselection.
The Google Code Playground can be used to design and buildrnyour charts and graphs and then see the results instantly.
HighCharts links to jsFiddle for design, creation, andrninstant feedback.