Must Try: JavaScript Graphics Libraries

Graphics is the essential part of softwares in general and web development in particular. From games to visual representations of data, from icons to visual 3D text, everything is almost dependent upon graphics when we talk about the client-side.

It is an old saw that the first impression is the last impression. Same applies to the softwares and websites. Modern browsers have evolved a lot and rendering of interactive 3D graphics within the browser is not a dream anymore.

Therefore, it is imperative to know of the best graphics libraries related to JavaScript. Let us have a look at the list of some attractive, optimized JavaScript Graphics libraries:

three.js

three.js is the lightweight 3D JavaScript graphics library which is easy to use. It provides various renderers e-g <svg>, <canvas>, WebGL etc. Usage: First, download the mini-fied library by going to the link https://threejs.org/build/three.min.js .

Second, include the above downloaded document in your HTML’s head or at the end of the body as:

<script src="js/three.min.js"></script>

That’s it! You can explore the documentation of three.js for more information. The link to its documentation is https://threejs.org/docs/ .

The GitHub page of three.js can be accessed by going to https://github.com/mrdoob/three.js . It has over 39000 stars.

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Photon

As explained officially, “Photon is a JavaScript library that adds simple lighting effects to DOM elements in 3D space. It's rather processor-intensive, so please use responsibly.”

The official website link of Photon is http://photon.attasi.com/index.html.

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Voxel

Voxel is also the lightweight JavaScript graphics library which is easy to use. Its details can be explored on the GitHub page, which is https://github.com/HunterLarco/voxel.css. It has over 3000 stars.

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Taucharts

Taucharts is a data-focused JavaScript charting library based on D3 and easy to use. It is the flexible JavaScript charting library for data exploration. The official website of Taucharts is https://www.taucharts.com/. There are comprehensive documentations available there. You must try it if you want to manipulate and visualize your data set.

Usage:

1) Taucharts with a CDN • Load JavaScript dependencies in your HTML document; following are the two dependences that are required to use Taucharts:

    <script src="//cdn.jsdelivr.net/d3js/latest/d3.min.js" charset="utf-8"></script> 
    <script src="//cdn.jsdelivr.net/taucharts/latest/taucharts.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>`
•   Include a CSS file. For example:

     `<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="//cdn.jsdelivr.net/taucharts/latest/taucharts.min.css">`

2) Downloading Taucharts using Bower • The following command you should use to install Taucharts: bower install taucharts 3) Downloading Taucharts using npm • In order to download Taucharts using npm, use the following command: npm install taucharts

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Do try all of the above-mentioned graphics libraries. You would LOVE them!

AUTHOR

12 months ago

Hello Adam. I am going to try the libraries, although I am still fairly new at this. But, who doesn't like a challenge? Thanks!

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