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Joseph Kuan

Joe Kuan was born in Hong Kong and continued his education in the UK from secondary school to university. He studied Computer Science at University of Southampton for B.Sc. and Ph.D. After his education, he worked with different technologies and industries in the UK for more than a decade. Currently, he is working for iTrinegy – a company specializing in network emulation and performance monitoring. Part of his role is to develop frontend and present complex network data into stylish and interactive charts. He has adopted Highcharts with iTrinegy for nearly three years. Since then, he has been contributing blogs and software on Highcharts and Highstocks.

Apart from his busy family schedule and active outdoor lifestyle, he occasionally writes articles for his own blog site http://joekuan.wordpress.com and puts some demonstrations up at http://joekuan.org. You can contact him at learning.highcharts@gmail.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (December 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849519080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849519083
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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You may probably have used, or will know at least, some library to create charts, because is the most pleasant way to display numerical data information, something that is very common.

If so, It's quite probably that you know Highcharts, but if anyone is confused I'll say that it's a JavaScript library to create (almost) any chart type. It's so huge that a 332 pages book can be completed, a book that I'll write some lines.

As usual I'll do a summary of each chapter and finally, I'll give my opinion:

Chapter 1 - Web Charts: To start you'll see a short summary of the HTML elements used for chart generation (SVG and canvas) and other JS libraries like jqPlot, amCharts, Ext JS 4 Charts, YUI 3 Charts, FusionCharts, etc.

Chapter 2 - Highcharts Configurations: A huge library as Highcharts has many configuration options. There's a whole chapter to this in which you will find, among other things: how to implement a particular layout, tooltips customization, gradients, and animations.

Chapter 3 - Line, Area, and Scatter Charts: Here you'll start with the chart generation. In this case you'll see how to create line, area and scatter charts, as well as combinations to show different chart types in the same area.

Chapter 4 - Bar and Column Charts: More about chart generation but this time bar and column charts. You'll see how to show this chart type in different ways: with grouped columns, vertically or horizontally, mirror, etc.

Chapter 5 - Pie Charts: This chapter is entirely dedicated to pie and donut charts. Like the previous chapters: how to create and display them in different ways.

Chapter 6 - Gauge, Polar, and Range Charts: Creation of other types of pie charts.
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As an analytic application developer, data visualization is one of the most important tasks I'm involved in. That's why I've started using Highcharts, one of the best web chart libraries available. Even though Highchart is a well-documented product, "Learning Highcharts" is the very first complete guide about this topic.

The first chapter is an interesting overview of the web charts technology history and a brief introduction to alternative libraries on the market. There is also a quick tutorial to break the ice and start with your first chart.

The second chapter is about Highcharts configuration options. General concepts, commons to all chart type (layout, labels, axes,..) are explained with detailed examples.

Chapters 3,4,5 and 6 deeply explore different chart types available in Highcharts 2.3:
* Line, Area and Scatter charts
* Bar and Column charts
* Pie charts
* Gauge, Polar, and Range charts
Each chapter starts from a basic chart and you can learn step-by-step how to build effective and professional-looking charts and info graphics. Some examples, like the fiat 500 speedometer, are simply awesome.
It was not always easy to read the code on my kindle, but all examples are available at the author's website in very handy JSFiddle pages , so you can try on-line and modify them easily.

Chapter 7 and 8 are a more technical description of Highcharts APIs and events. This section is very useful if you need to build real-world software applications or if you need to embed Highcharts in your software product.

Chapter 9 and 10 explore Highcharts integration with JQuery mobile for mobile applications development and Ext JS for Rich Internet Applications development.
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Highcharts has reasonably good documentation; so, you don't need this book to jump in and start using it. I assume you are only considering this book because you prefer to be led step-by-step and to know all of the hows and whys instead of learning by trial and error. If so, this book will not disappoint.

What this book gives you that the help docs don't is a combination of explanation in words, followed by the relevant JavaScript, followed by the screen shot of the resulting chart. It follows this pattern for various options in each area of Highcharts.

I found it easy to follow and the downloadable code samples were thorough and very helpful.
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Recently I was asked by Packt Publishing to review Joe Kuan’s new book, 'Learning Highcharts 4' ( http://bit.ly/1BFmYkQ ).
As in any review on professional books, I had to go across all the examples in the book and run any piece a of code on it. After a work of a couple of weeks, I can assure you, that this book is one of the most comprehensive Highcharts book in the market. If you want to learn how to get the maximum from this excellent library, grab a copy of it as soon as you can.
Highcharts is a JavaScript library that enables web developers to create a wide range of different, highly customized charts. Highcharts easily integrates with existing JavaScript frameworks and is simple enough to make a column chart in a few lines of code, but flexible enough to handle more complex charting scenarios such as viewing multiple chart types with different data sources on a multitude of devices and form-factors.
This new book is aimed at all levels of readers. Beginners can learn the basic configurations and step-by-step approaches in creating charts or Highcharts cloud. For intermediate and advanced readers, the book explores the APIs, events, server-side operations and plugins.
The book covers all the graphs supported in Highcharts 4, step-by-step tutorials for creating presentable charts with real-life data, and framework integration with the site data.
The book also looks into the server side and online services, how Highcharts/PhantomJS works, and reviews the latest exciting development, Highcharts Cloud—an online chart service without any prior Highcharts or JavaScript experience needed. You just need to insert the data and it does the rest.
If you want to learn the different ways you can leverage the power of Highcharts to create, integrate and extend its features in your application, then this book is for you.
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