I was looking yesterday for a way to create a simple chart (Dates and values). I wanted some library to include into the MVC-CMS I created so that I can use everytime I want something.

Open Flash Chart

I knew Open Flash Chart from before. http://teethgrinder.co.uk/open-flash-chart-2/ You can see it in action here: http://www.radiotower.gr/station_details.php?id=12028.
Looks pretty good, and it uses Flash. For me that was not good. I want something that can play on every browser and OS so that clients don’t complain.

Google Charts

Looking for alternatives I found this: https://developers.google.com/chart/ I thouth my journey had finished there, because everything that google creates is awsome! Except from Google Wave, And google+ of cource and … Ok that’s not the point. So this uses javascript HTML5/SVG and it’s compatible with everything. I just didn’t like the examples enough.

HighCharts

HighCharts is just great. Just see the examples: http://www.highcharts.com/demo/ . Again only javascript. Especially the dates thing I wanted to do it’s there, “Time series, Zoomable”. Yes! That’s right, zoomable! How can you say no to that ? I impemented it in just 5 minutes. Works great, and it has some awsome export functions. I don’t even know how, but it works.