How FusionTime Works
In this article, we will discuss the complete flow starting from connecting data from the data source to rendering the chart.
How FusionTime is different from FusionCharts
While FusionCharts can help you visualize data in dozens of different ways, FusionTime works exclusively with time series data. Unlike other varieties of charts in FusionCharts, which only (till now) accept data in JSON/XML, FusionTime accepts data in rows and columns as a Datatable. You can then apply different data operations (filter, grouping, etc.) on the
DataTable to optimize your data as per the requirement.
FusionTime Data Layer
So, how do you create the
DataTable? The FusionTime data layer comes with a DataStore which accepts data in JSON/2D array format. The data fed in the
DataStore is converted to a root
DataTable contains the source data in a tabular format.
All you need to do is provide the source data in JSON/2D array to the
DataStore and the data layer takes care of the rest. You can then either provide this
DataTable to render the chart or apply data operations to create new
DataTable with optimized data.
DataStore also contains a set of data operators (filter, grouping, etc.) which can be applied to any
DataTable. Any operations applied on a
DataTable to optimize data generates a new child
DataTable. Likewise, any number of data tables can be generated from either the master or other child data tables. You can then provide any one of them to render the chart.
To help understand better refer to the illustration below:
The above illustration is a flow diagram which defines the following:
Source data transfered to the browser in JSON/2D array format from the data source.
DataTableis then fed to the chart renderer along with chart configurations to render the chart.
Alternatively, you can also apply data operations on the root
DataTableto generate another child
You can then feed the derived
DataTableto the chart renderer along with chart configurations to render the chart.
Now that you have the basic understanding of the data flow for FusionTime it's time to install and build your first chart.