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Learning Highcharts Paperback – December 25, 2012
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About the Author
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 email@example.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
I found it easy to follow and the downloadable code samples were thorough and very helpful.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you want to learn and you've seemed confused looking at just about anything, this is a great introduction to HighCharts for someone.Published 16 months ago by Vinay
This book is a very comprehensive guide to the Highcharts charting library. Learn and explore from basic examples with well written descriptions on why and how to make the changes... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Robert Blomdalen
This will get you going quickly with HighCharts. Easy to understand. Not great depth, no killer tips for advanced users.Published on May 28, 2014 by R. Tinfow
As many of the previous reviews have posted, Highcharts has very good document and examples on their web site. I purchased this book after reading the reviews. Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by John Spencer
I found Highcharts and this book fantastic! I am using it everyday at work! I have searched high and low for charting applications and this is the best out there. Read morePublished on October 20, 2013 by PaulArt