Very simple chart

How to create a chart

This is an example of a very simple chart using chart.js. A link to chart.js can be found here on the https://www.chartjs.org/ webpage.

In simple terms the user only has to add the following 3 components to produce a chart:

  • Create a canvas
  • Include Chart.js
  • Add a script with the chart info

Create a canvas

<div class="chart-container">
	<canvas id="myChart"></canvas>
</div>

Note: The canvas is wrapped in a div container.

Include chart.js

<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/Chart.js/2.4.0/Chart.min.js"></script>

Add a script with the chart info

var ctx = document.getElementById('myChart').getContext('2d');
var chart = new Chart(ctx, {
    // The type of chart we want to create
    type: 'line',

    // The data for our dataset
    data: {
        labels: ["January", "February", "March", "April", "May", "June", "July"],
        datasets: [{
            label: "My First dataset",
            backgroundColor: 'rgb(255, 99, 132)',
            borderColor: 'rgb(255, 99, 132)',
            data: [0, 10, 5, 2, 20, 30, 45],
        }]
    },

    // Configuration options go here
    options: {}
});

Remember the JavaScript goes between the <script></script> tags.

It is that easy.

We now just add the code and edit as desired to get the chart. Here is an example of the output above.

The chart is here:


Chart types

The user can change the chart type by simply editing the type keyword.

// The type of chart we want to create
    type: 'line' 

// other types are 'bar', 'radar', 'pie', 'polarArea', 'bubble', 'scatter'

Here is the same chart displayed as a bar chart by only changing the type keyword from line to bar and renaming the canvas id to a different name.

The chart is here:


A working example of the chart (which is interactive), used to display a live portfolio, can be found here on the live portfolio page.

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2 thoughts on “Very simple chart

    1. The charts are written in javascript, but similar can be produced in Python using the Python Data Visualization Libraries.

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