7 days of php add-ons - Day 3: flot

Friday, 10 April 2009

I've got a great looking library to show you today as part three of our 7 days of php add-ons.

Today we are going to look at flot. Flot is a pure Javascript plotting library for jQuery.

This is a very nice looking piece of work. It is light and looks just as good as any other flash implementation you can find out there. Some of our apps have dashboards and these load up several small swf files. The problem is that when you start loading more than a couple of flash files on the one page this can become cumbersome and can slow a system down. Because it is using a very lightweight library flot is a great alternative and can reduce the sluggishness that is sometimes associated with loading a large number of swf files. Flot even icludes interactive options such as zooming and mouse tracking and even works with IE 6/7/8, WOW!

Have a look here at some examples. You can see the attention that has been put into producing a good looking quality product. The examples also include tooltips and zooming.

As with yesterday, I'm not going to go into too much detail with examples as the API and examples are downloadable as part of the package. Also to note, although the last release was in September last year, the author still actively replies to questions in the flot Google group.

Enjoy flot!
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