FusionCharts Beginner's Guide: The Official Guide for FusionCharts Suite

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  • Create different charts like column, bar, line, pie, multi-series and combination, each of them in under 15 minutes
  • Render the chart in Flash and JavaScript, and provide data in XML or JSON
  • Customize the charts both aesthetically and functionally including background, font, chart limits, tooltips and use of multi-lingual characters
  • Add advanced reporting capabilities like drill-down and JavaScript integration to give your users a powerful reporting experience
  • Integrate the charts with PHP, ASP.NET, Java and any other server-side script pulling data from databases
  • Create interactive maps to plot geographical data like revenue by regions, election results and office locations on interactive maps using FusionMaps
  • Understand how to select the right chart for your data, and how to make them more usable with practical tips

User experience can make or break any app these days, no matter whether it's a commercial product or an internal solution. While most web applications out there are boring and outdated when it comes to their charting, you can make yours both stunning and powerful using FusionCharts Suite. Once you have mastered it, you can give your users a delightful reporting experience in no time at all.

FusionCharts Beginner’s Guide is a practical, step-by-step guide to using FusionCharts Suite for creating delightful web reports and dashboards. Getting you started quickly, you will learn advanced reporting capabilities like drill-down and JavaScript integration, and charting best practices to make the most out of it. Filled with examples, real-life tips and challenges, this book is the firstofitstype in the visualization industry.

The book teaches you to create delightful reports and dashboards for your web applications assuming no previous knowledge of FusionCharts Suite. It gets your first chart up in 15 minutes after which you can play around with different chart types and customize them. You will also learn how to create a powerful reporting experience using drill-down and advanced JavaScript capabilities. You will also connect your charts to server-side scripts pulling data from databases. Finally you round up the experience learning reporting best practices including right chart type selection and practical usability tips.

By the end of the book, you will have a solid foundation in FusionCharts Suite and data visualization itself. You will be able to give your users a delightful reporting experience, from developers to management alike.

  • Go from nothing to delightful reports and dashboards in your web applications in super quick time
  • Create your first chart in 15 minutes and customize it both aesthetically and functionally
  • Create a powerful reporting experience with advanced capabilities like drill-down and JavaScript integration
  • Integrate the charts with PHP, ASP.NET, Java or other server-side scripts pulling data from databases
  • Learn reporting best practices including right chart type selection and practical usability tips
  • A fast-paced yet comprehensive guide to FusionCharts Suite filled with examples and practical tips
Page Count 252
Course Length 7 hours 33 minutes
ISBN 9781849691765
Date Of Publication 23 Apr 2012


Sanket Nadhani

Sanket Nadhani previously headed Marketing and Sales at FusionCharts, fresh out of college. As part of the role, he had to conceptualize different dashboards and demos and was often frustrated with the lack of practical resources on data visualization to learn from. Once he learned them after his daily bouts with tons of data, he started writing about the usability and best practices on the FusionCharts blog that have been well received. He loves food, beer, and travelling. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter. com/sanketnadhani.

Pallav Nadhani

Pallav Nadhani is the co-founder and CEO of FusionCharts, and an angel investor. He started FusionCharts at the age of 17 as a way to make pocket money. Today, FusionCharts has around 20,000 customers and 400,000 users in over 110 countries. His entrepreneurial journey has been covered by various magazines such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, Business Today, Economic Times, and numerous blogs and websites. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from The University of Edinburgh and loves traveling, beer, and poker. He has also worked on the book "Flash.NET", Friends of Ed Publication.

Shamasis Bhattacharya

Shamasis Bhattacharya has been a part of FusionCharts since 2008. As a JavaScript architect, he heads the JavaScript development team and spends most of his time analyzing, modeling, and coding the FusionCharts JavaScript charting library with attention to smart software design and innovative data visualization countenances. He writes on his blog http://www.shamasis.net/ and spends the rest of his time with his wife, Madhumita.