Create Custom Interactive, Data Visualizations and Charts with PrismJS


Hello, welcome to a tutorial on how to build custom interactive data visualizations and charts with PrismJS. If you were looking for an online graphing tool, Prism is the right choice.

Prism is a free open source tool that helps you build charts and graphs online, with nothing but simple HTML+CSS+JavaScript coding.

As of writing, there are seven types of charts that you can create with Prism: area, bar, column, line, pie, scatter and steps. If you need to draw a graph that is not available on Prism’s current list of chart options, fret not. There is actually a “Graph” option that allows you to create custom graphs based on the format provided in the documentation page.

Eli Lopian is the CEO and Co-Founder at Edgybees, a Tel Aviv-based start-up focused on computer vision, augmented reality, and drone technology. Eli has been a developer for over 15 years and has worked with companies such as Microsoft, Intel, and Google. Eli was also the first person to be hired at Wix.com!

In this article we will go over how to make custom interactive, data visualizations with PrismJS. We will make sure that our code is easy to follow and reuse so that we can easily apply it to other projects in the future (and you should too!):

Here’s what we’ll be making:

![alt text](https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/2000/1*UWg6NyEwzSD2QKu5hxJbCQ.png)

In this tutorial, we’ll create a custom interactive chart with an intuitive interface that makes it easy to change data and legends, and fine tune the design. We’ll be using the popular data visualization library D3.js for the visualizations and PrismJS for the custom user interface.

D3.js is a powerful JavaScript library for creating data visualizations, charts and graphs. It has a steep learning curve and can be difficult to use but it’s very flexible and allows you to create some stunning visualizations.

PrismJS is another popular JavaScript library that makes it easy to create custom user interfaces for your web applications. It is typically used as a code syntax highlighter but we will be using it to create buttons, sliders, text inputs and other form elements that will allow our users to customize the chart.

PrismJS is a free, open source syntax highlighter, built with modern web standards in mind. It’s used in thousands of websites, including some of those you visit daily. You can download it and host the files on your own server, or hotlink to one of the many CDNs that host it for you.

Prism is a lightweight, extensible syntax highlighter, built with modern web standards in mind. It’s used in thousands of websites, including some of those you visit daily. You can download it and host the files on your own server, or hotlink to one of the many CDNs that host it for you.

It helps engage your website visitors and keep them interested as they read through your content.

How does Prism work?

Prism’s design is minimal and lightweight when it comes to dependancies: Prism uses only vanilla JavaScript (it doesn’t require jQuery or any other library) and has no external dependencies. Adding this plugin to Prism makes it easy to create custom interactive data visualizations such as charts, graphs and data tables on your website.

PrismJS is a robust, lightweight, and easy-to-use syntax highlighter built with modern web standards in mind. It’s used by thousands of developers every day.

In this blog, I am going to explain how to create a custom interactive chart with PrismJS. Since I am a fan of the ReactJS framework, we will be using the prismjs-react component to achieve our goal.

PrismJS provides a large number of plugins and themes to choose from. Let’s start by creating a simple project with create-react-app.

$ npx create-react-app customPrismJs

Once our project is created, we need to install the prismjs-react package as our dependency for this project:

$ cd customPrismJs && yarn add prismjs react-prism && yarn start

PrismJS is a JavaScript syntax highlighter. PrismJS is a lightweight, extensible syntax highlighter, built with modern web standards in mind. It’s used in thousands of websites, including some of those you visit daily.

Is it free? Yes! PrismJS is free and open-source software, released under the MIT License.

There are many different code editor and IDE options out there. The one I use is called Visual Studio Code. It’s an open-source editor with a ton of awesome extensions for web development.

You can download it for your platform here.

If you use Sublime Text, Atom or another editor, that’s totally fine too. The tutorial should work just the same.

In this tutorial we will be working with Javascript, HTML and CSS so ensure you have a project open that includes all of these files. If you don’t already have one open, create a new project and make sure it contains the following files:

index.html

style.css

script.js

My project is called prismjs-tutorial but feel free to name yours whatever you like!


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