In the era of information, it’s hard to image any dashboard without graphs and charts. Charts are easy to understand and offer great information than a bunch of highly jumbled up stats floating through the screen.
Creating Charts can be used in synonym with D3.js. With a powerful feature, the D3.js is the number one choice for programmers to create charts and graphs.
What makes it so special? The availability of powerful transition, “Enter and Exit” and syntax familiar to other languages. Another aspect that makes D3.js appealing to the designers is the rendering path used by the library. D3.js uses SVG, HTML and CSS for rendering purposes.
The library is open source and you can configure the package according to your requirements.
The library comes with six chart types and can be customized to heart’s content.
Yet Another Open Source library that facilitates the creation of charts and graphs. What makes it worth your time? It is built using the D3.js and Ember.js.
Ember.js lovers can find this charting library very useful.
If you are looking for a pre-built solution and backing of assurance than Google Charts can prove useful for you. It comes with a lot of pre-defined charts.
Google Charts creates graphs/charts that are cross platform compatible and supports older IE browsers(an improvement over D3.js).
DataParsing in the library is achieved using the XML and JSON. There is also no compatibility issues with FusionCharts.
The only drawback is that it is not free and you need to purchase the license for removing the watermark that comes with the trial.
HighCharts is impressive in its own way. You can easily create charts for your projects and create visually appealing charts within minutes.
You can use HighCharts free for non-commercial projects. But, if you are planning to use HighCharts for commercial purpose, then you have to buy the license.
Browser compatibility is high using the Chartist.js. With so much to offers, Chartist.js is surely usable in the projects.
Rickshaw is a graph creating toolkit build on top of d3.js. The toolkit is free to use and open source in nature.
Rickshaw can be used to create simple graphs instantly. Their website is full of examples, which showcases how easy it is to make a graph/chart.
Other charting libraries also holds promise. It all depends on your requirement and capability to understand the best fit.