Using Alternative charts with wappler query

I will look into this, I was hoping that the chart would have the functionality rather then trying to adjust my data. This functionality exists in chart.js charts for example. You simply specify that the x axis should be linear in nature.

I tried implementing as per the link you posted, but I have no way to deal with the null data. It fixes the issues with the x axis, but the null values bring my line chart to zero.

Should they not be zero if no data is in the data set?
Can you clarify more?

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Well they are null in the data query so I guess they should be zero. Is it possible to use alternative charts while using the Wappler queries? Do you know have others done this with Wappler?

Thanks for your help by the way Brian.

I still remain confused as to what you think the chart should do when the date has no data points. Should it not show zero if no data available or what do you expect it to do. Your explanation remains confusing to me.

Sorry I haven’t explained myself properly.

So in the above image you can see the x axis is a DATETIME axis and that it is uniformly distributed, so the vertical gridlines are equally spaced and represent the same interval of time each. This graph was not created in Wappler. This graph was created with data that does not necessarily have a datapoint for each day, but the graph joins the dots when the next data point is recorded.

The next graph was created in Wappler and you can see that Wappler only graphs the data points that exist, which means that the vertical gridlines although equally spaced visually do not represent equal quantities of time. For my particular application, the user is particularly interested in how the data varies over time, ie. the change in slope. But when I graph this in Wappler the visual change in slope doesn’t really tell the right story. As the slope from one point to the next could represent a week or a day. Does this clarify things anymore?

Yes, i get that bit about the axis which can be resolved easily with the right join on a full calendar table in the same manner I suggested with the month/year data points in the post i linked to you

It would be easy to take the min and max dates from the data-set, generate a temporary table of all dates in that range then right join that temp table with the data set to merge the missing dates into the result with null values for those dates

What I am unclear about is what you want the graph to do on those days with zero date i.e. plunge to 0 on the axis for that date or link the dates either side with an appropriate linear slope

So I have actually tried the above. I want the line graph to ignore the null values and act as per my first attached graph in my last reply. That’s ultimately my goal.

Sorry, still not actually answering what I am asking clearly, the image you posted does not indicate any null dates so does not show what needs to be done in that case.

In this example 2010-07-04 has no data

Do you want each line to

A. show no data and drop to 0 on the axis like this

B. Extrapolate the line from the previous point to the following point, ignoring the real null value like this

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I want to extrapolate as per your second graph ignoring the null value.
Thanks for your help by the way.

I am no charts.js expert but this does not appear possible with the current component. If you could tell me which charts property you think will achieve this i can look at the possibility of manually binding that property to the chart component but my gut feeling is that this wont work as dmxCharts,js appears to act as an interface to chart.min.js so manually bound properties probably wont be passed though to charts.js at all, they will be ignored

That leaves the alternative of calculating mid points for the missing data which I get the impression you don’t want to do.

Should mention, nothing in wappler prevents you adding your own code to interface with charts.js pr any other .js chart component.
Wappler produces standard HTML/ JS so just add it as you would any other webpage as a custom script section.

Hello @whlrb,
I saw several topics created by you, asking the same question about what you are trying to achieve.
If that’s natively supported in charts.js, then we can add it as an option in the UI in our next updates.

So in charts.js it seems that you just need to specify the axis distribution as linear. I believe this will distribute the axis values uniformly regardless of the presence or absence of data for each division in that axis.

@Teodor That would be brilliant. As mentioned above, I believe it is the linear distribution functionality that I am looking for in the chart. I have also created a feature request on this topic. Apologies for creating multiple topics on the same problem. I’m just under a bit of pressure to create a workaround.

<dmx-chart id="chart1" smooth="true" labels="DAY.toDate()" dataset-1:label="Mass" thickness="4" responsive="true" colors="colors2" point-size="" dataset-1:value="DailyReading" dmx-bind:data=", idtag.value, &quot;==&quot;)"></dmx-chart>

If I was to try and do this in charts.js and looking at the code for my current Wappler graph above, is it possible to hand the data in this . notation format to charts.js? Does anyone have any examples of using data returned from a server connect query in a charts.js chart.

Again thanks for putting time into helping me out with resolving this.

I did look at that possibility but couldn’t get it to work. I think the chart component takes the parameter sent then passes them on to charts.js. However it looks like only the parameters defined within the component are passed through so this may need an update to dmxCharts,js to pass the additional parameters through. Guess that’s one for the developers, you could try a feature request, they tend to be led by those features most voted for


Perfect, I have created a feature request topic anyway. In the meantime I am going to try and see if I can extract the data from my query and feed it in to the chart. Thanks again for your help Brian.

I guess what my feature request is looking for is an X-Y scatter graph. Maybe that is my issue, perhaps the line graphs x axis is always serial in nature.

Is it possible to turn a wappler query result into an array that I can pass to a charts.js graph?

Yes, you can use the app connect array component to create an array based on a server action result

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Perfect, thanks a million, now I just need to brush up on my JS to get this into the the following format for charts.js XY scatter.

x: -10,
y: 0
}, {
x: 0,
y: 10
}, {
x: 10,
y: 5

Are these dmx array’s JS arrays that I can use by just referencing in JS do you know? ie. In your example can I just ref arr1 in a JS script section as if it was a standard JS array?