Embeddable Charts Made Easy with New Google Charts API

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On Thursday, Google rolled out the new Google Charts API, which makes putting stunning, dynamic charts into your web pages easier than you’d think. And don’t let the term “API” scare you off with this one. The new Google Charts API is perhaps one of the simplest Google APIs to learn to date, and you don’t have to be a brilliant programmer to figure it out.

The Charts API was original created by Google’s Zurich team for use internally. You may recognize the charts, as they have appeared countless times in Google Video and Google Finance. Now Google has opened up the technology to the masses, and I fully expect to see these charts popping up in a lot more places soon.

In response to a URL, the Google Chart API will return a PNG format image. Several different types of charts can be returned, including: line graphics, pie charts, bar charts, Venn diagraphs, and scatter plots. Chart API images can be easily embedded into a webpage by embedding a URL within an tag, so that when the page is displayed in a browser, the Chart API renders the image within the page.

To get started with the Google Charts API, I would recommend visiting the Developer’s Guide website, where you can get acquainted with the processes and codes used. Once you understand how the basics of it work, you’ll be making your own great charts in no time. And I promise you, the Charts API is far easier to use than Google’s Maps API, and there isn’t as much of a learning curve.

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  • Rob Lewis

    You’re right, it’s a great little tool – it can produce a wide variety of charts, and some of them can be quite complex. It looks as if there more features than are documented in the developers guide: http://gulopine.gamemusic.org/2007/12/google-chart-api-revisited.html

  • Contract Mobile Phone Deals

    This looks to be a little gem from Google.. I’ve already wasted 2 hours playing around with it 😉 Its a super simple and elegant solution. This is going in my must-have toolbox for web-based projects.

  • Small Business Marketing

    You’re right on. Although I’m not a ‘techie’, I am still able to grab the concepts pretty quickly. I’m going to be placing charts and graphs on all my pages where applicable. and