How to use billboard[.js]
Data is such a crucial part of not just software development, but society in general. Wherever data resides, and however it’s used, it’s important to display it in a way that helps the audience digest and understand it.
There are many libraries that facilitate data visualization in charts and other forms. stands out for its simplicity and ease of use.
In this tutorial, we’ll explore billboard.js and show you how to use it to create beautiful charts in Node.js.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
To follow along with this tutorial, you should have the following:
- or higher
- / on your PC
What is billboard.js?
billboard.js gets its name from the , which tabulate the relative weekly popularity of music released in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Developers like using billboard.js because it’s easy to get started with and use. It also supports D3.js V4+ and offers a wide variety of chart options to choose from.
There are various ways to use billboard.js in a project. billboard.js uses D3.js under the hood, so you’ll also need to load D3.js.
<!-- Step 1) Load D3.js -->
<!-- Step 2) Load billboard.js with style -->
<!-- Load with base style -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="$YOUR_DOWNLOAD_PATH/billboard.css">
Create a div for your chart to be displayed in:
You can also download styles for various chart themes via the official website.
Alternatively, you can install billboard.js using npm:
$ npm install billboard.js # latest