Google Chart API

The Google Chart API just keeps getting better and better, so if you haven’t checked it out for a while, it might be worth taking a second look.

The above examples were knocked up in 10 minutes to highlight some of the features available, in particular,

  • Data tables contain a lot of options in the back end to control look and feel, sort options, paging, and the ability to add html links to table elements to allow users to drill down into more detailed report (in this example ‘Vince’ has been made a link (that doesn’t go anywhere)).
  • There is just about every form of graph available, including line, bar, line/bar, Venn diagrams, organisational charts, etc…
  • The graphs themselves are interactive.  Note how you can sort the table by clicking on the headers, see the numbers behind the bars by hovering your mouse over them, see the numbers in the geographic graph, and, in some instances, change the graph layout directly in the browser.

The Google Chart API isn’t (yet) at a stage where it can compete with ‘proper’ BI solutions, and you do need to understand some basic HTML to get the most out of it, but for the cost (free) it’s a solution that we’re finding is suitable for lots of clients without large budgets to spend on BI solutions.

Please contact us if you would liek to discuss further.