Graphing Tutorials - Dynamic Date and Time Axis


Dynamic Date/Time X-Axis Labels

This tutorial demonstrates how the X-Axis labels can be dynamically generated from input parameters passed through on the IMG tag request.


The following tutorials assume you have already downloaded and installed the
PHP Advanced Graphs and Charts package.

The latest release can be downloaded here

Directory Structure

In this tutorial you will be create a web page and a couple of configuration files. For the purposes of this tutorial you should create a directory /graphtest/ directory under your web root directory.

This tutorial also assumes that you installed the graphing software directly under the web root
(e.g. /webRootFilePath/jpowered/graph/ )

Step 1 - Create a test MySQL Database

For the purpose of this tutorial the following MySQL database should be created.-

Now add the following data to the 'salesPerYear' table:-

Step 2 - Create a Custom Data Function

Create a file named datafunction.php which contains the following:-

Replace [USER] and [PASSWORD] with valid logon details for your MySQL server.

Place the file on your web server in a directory /graphtest/ under your web root directory

Note: The above assumes that your MySQL server is running on the same machine as your Web Server. If this is not the case then you will need to replace "localhost:3306" with the correct route to your MySQL server.

Step 3 - Create the config file

Create a file named 'config.php' and add the following contents to it. This file should then be placed in the /graphtest/ directory.

Notes: This config.php file contains the parameters which determine certain aspects of the graph like colors and fonts. For the function and options of each parameter see the following page:-
Graph Parameters »

Step 4 - Create a web page and add the Graph to it

Add this HTML code to your page (replacing [] with the actual domain of your web site. Place this page in the /graphtest/ directory.

Note:The relative file paths are relative to the location of the vertical-cylinder-graph.php file (they are NOT relative to the location of the web page).

Save the web page and load it up to your web server placing it in the /graphtest/ directory.

Final Step - View the page in a browser

Open your web browser and view the page. You should see a Vertical Cylinder Graph with 36 bars plotted (12 for each series).

How it works

When the page loads the graph function is called and the 'startDate' parameter is passed through.

The graph function in turn passes this through to the config.php script which then dynamically generates the x-axis labels using the value of startDate as a starting point.

In the config.php The output date format is set to 'month year' and the time interval to 1 month. However these can be changed to whatever interval and date/time format is required.




Adding Graphs to Web Pages

Direct DB Access to MySQL DBs

Custom Data Function

Interface Scripts

Constructing configuration dynamically

Creating Date/Time Axis Labels

Graphing Data Directly from Spreadsheets



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