The Internet is full of complex information and the average user hardly has the time to grasp even a small fraction of it. The aim should therefore be to make it as easy as possible for him to absorb information. Instead of knocking out lead deserts, clear and well-prepared diagrams help.
This article deals with two libraries that you can use to clearly visualize extensive data material. While it is at HighCharts (Download) D3.js (download) is a free open source product under a BSD license. HighCharts represents the genre of ordinary diagram libraries, while D3.js is more of an SVG renderer that gives developers a tool to create their own diagrams.
As an introduction to working with HighCharts, use our instructions to create a line chart before you take a short excursion into the world of finance and display price movements with a candlestick chart. Then we will present the work with D3.js on the basis of small experiments before you make a line diagram here as well.
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