Creating charts in GWT was never so easy. (OFC GWT)

In Java world there are many libaries which allow to create charts (with the most popular is JFree Chart Library). None of this libraries are however simple, powerfull and gives pretty looking charts. This is why I investigated Open Flash Chart which is library for charting written in flash. Fortunately there is a port for GWT which allows to use OFC in RIA applications. So in the next few paragraphs I will show how to use OFC GWT (this is the name of GWT port) and why this library is so amazing. Enjoy.

Starting point is OFC GWT homepage. This is the place from where porting libary (with OFC inside) could be downloaded.  I prefer to use maven  instead of downloading, so here is part of my pom.xml configured for OFC GWT. Notice that the library version is 1.3.0 but in the nearest future there will be release of new 2.0.1 version (now available in beta).

<br />
<repositories><br />
<repository><br />
<id> OFCGWT repo</id><br />
<url></url><br />
</repository><br />
</repositories><br />

<br />
<dependency><br />
<groupid>ofcgwt</groupid><br />
<artifactid>ofcgwt</artifactid><br />
<version>1.3.0</version><br />
</dependency><br />


Now, after the OFC GWT library is downloaded, it’s time to make some code. In OFC GWT there are many sort of charts such as: bar (horizontal, vertical), pie, scater, radar etc. All them are represented in GWT by ChartWidget class (which extends Widget). This class is a wrapper, which can be placed on any GWT panel, container just like normal GWT widget. ChartWidget renders chart on screen by communicating with OFC library by JSON.
JSON data, which describes chart to draw, have to be created by ChartData class. This is the heart of the OFC GWT port, the most important class. This class objects are used to configure title, axies, data and chart type to render. Below is the code which shows how easy is to use both above classes.

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FlowPanel panel = new FlowPanel();

ChartWidget chart = new ChartWidget();
ChartData chartData = new ChartData(title);
chartData.setBackgroundColour(“#ffffff”);//white background
chart.setSize(“350”, “350”);



Only one thing left – function which create pie chart. In OFC You can chose from various charts. All of them are easy and simmilar in use. There is a good demo app with source code in the library, where You can find out how to configure each graph. Here is my code, which creates animated and transparent pie chart without labels on graph.

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private PieChart createPieChart() {<br />
PieChart pieChart = new PieChart();<br />
pieChart.setAlpha(0.3f);    //set transparency<br />
pieChart.setNoLabels(true); // w do not want labels on screen<br />
pieChart.setAnimate(true);<br />
pieChart.setGradientFill(true);<br />
pieChart.setColours("#779C00", "#0000ff");<br />
pieChart.setTooltip("#label# - #val#");<br />
pieChart.addSlices(new PieChart.Slice(30, "TV's in Poland")); //this should be passed in parameter<br />
pieChart.addSlices(new PieChart.Slice(70, "Radios in Poland"));//this should be passed in parameter<br />
return pieChart;<br />
}<br />

And thats all. This is all You need to draw pretty looking graphs. No playing with css’es or colors, no complicated building of data sets and what is the most important, not even line of server side code!

Here is the running example of OFC GWT charts, where You can see and experiment with different types and effects.

One more thing. OFC GWT is not only library to draw charts. It also allows to handle user interaction. This is done by IOnClickListener’s. More about themcould be found in OFC GWT JavaDocs.

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