Top 24 Google Charts Interview Questions You Must Prepare 14.Jun.2024

With the Visualization API you can access data locally from your browser by creating the API's standard DataTable format, or access any data source that supports the API. Well-known applications that already support the API are Google Spreadsheets and on their developer platform. You may also implement your own data as a Chart data source.

Running third party code directly on your web site poses inherent risks. Google makes no promises or representations about application performance, quality, security, or content. Chart applications that do not comply with the Google Visualization API Terms of Service may be removed from the galleries.

Google Charts uses JavaScript, which uses zero-based indexing. The first day of the month is 0, and the months range from 0 (January) to 11 (December). If your code assumes one-based indexing, subtract one before putting the your data into a JavaScript date object.

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With the Google Visualization API, you can access structured data--created locally in your browser or retrieved from supported data sources in a simple tabular format. You can also implement your own data source as Visualization API data source and enable any Visualization-compliant visualization and/or application to access your data. The format is amenable to use by reporting, analysis or chart applications. You can thus visualize the data and/or add new functionality to applications, such as Google Spreadsheets.

A Data Source URL is the unique URL identifier of a Visualization API data source. A data source URL may also include Chart Query Language parameters. In this case a query (such as sorting, grouping, etc) is performed on the data source prior to fetching the data.

You can use the getNumberOfColumns() and getColumnType() methods of class google.visualization.DataTable to test that the data you get matches what you expect, and issue an error message for mismatches.

Yes. The Google Visualization Library for the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) allows you to access the API compliant visualizations from Java code compiled with the GWT compiler and to write Visualization API compliant visualizations in Java using the GWT complier. The release candidate library also supports the Visualization API event model.

Yes. The Google Visualization Library for the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) allows you to access the API compliant visualizations from Java code compiled with the GWT compiler and to write Visualization API compliant visualizations in Java using the GWT complier. The release candidate library also supports the Visualization API event model.

By default, both axes show a range of 0 to @This is regardless of the data values. If you want the line, bar, or whatever to align with the actual data value, you must specify a label range that matches the data range exactly using the chxr parameter.

Your users' computers must have access to in order to use the interactive features of Google Charts. This is because the visualization libraries that your page requires are loaded dynamically before you use them. The code for loading the appropriate library is part of the included script, and is called when you invoke the google.charts.load() method. Our terms of service do not allow you to download the google.charts.load or google.visualization code to use offline.

The maximum length of a URL is not determined by the Google Chart API, but rather by web browser and web server considerations. The longest URL that Google accepts in a chart GET request is 2048 characters in length, after URL-encoding (e.g., | becomes %7C). For POST, this limit is 16K.

If URL length is a problem, here are a few suggestions for shortening your URL:

  • If you are using a text encoding data format, remove leading zeros from numbers, remove trailing zeros after decimal points, and round or truncate the numbers after decimal points.
  • If that does not shorten the URL enough, use simple (1 character) or extended (2 character) encoding.
  • Sample data less frequently; i.e., reduce granularity.
  • Remove accoutrements and decorations, such as colors, labels, and styles, from your chart.

We recommend for a trove of information about browser incompatibilities. With Google Charts, there are sometimes problems in Internet Explorer 8 and earlier, for two reasons:

  • IE8 doesn't support SVG, so Charts fails over into VML, which is more limited.
  • IE8's JavaScript doesn't allow trailing commas in lists.

We built the service originally as an internal tool to support rapid embedding of charts within our own applications (like Google Finance for example). We figured it would be a useful tool to open up to web developers.

The Google Visualization API allows you to create charts and reporting applications over structured data and helps integrate these directly into your website.

Post your implementation on the Visualization Group. If we like it, we might even mention it ourselves.

The Chart API provides a simple way to create image charts of various kinds by sending a formatted URL that includes both the data and chart configuration options to a Google server. The Chart API includes a closed set of charts with various options. The Chart API datasets are limited to the size of a URL (roughly 2K).

The Visualization API provides a way to connect charts and data sources over the web and to publish them:

  • The Visualization API provides a Javascript API to access charts.
  • Its gallery of charts includes Google-created charts, but is also open to any third party to create their own Visualization API-compliant visualizations.
  • Visualization API charts and charts can be anything that can be rendered by a browser. This includes images, Javascript, vector-graphics, Flash, etc.
  • A considerable number of Chart API charts are accessible through the Visualization API, although some of their configuration options may not be available.
  • The API also provides a documented wire protocol and a way for anyone to expose their data sources to any of the APIs visualizations.
  • The API has a defined event model that allows charts to throw and receive events and thus communicate with their host page and/or other charts on the page.

Violations of these Program Policies can result in the disabling or removal of your chart, being blacklisted from uploading future charts, termination of your Google accounts and/or deletion of all your charts.

The Chart Gallery is a listing of applications that use the Visualization API. It provides a central location for the Visualization developer community to share Chart applications. 

Absolutely. The Visualization API uses a JavaScript API, but there are libraries that enable Flash apps to connect with Javascript code.

First, check your JavaScript console. On Chrome, you can access the JavaScript console via Chrome->View->Developer->JavaScript Console, or Chrome->Tools->JavaScript Console. All modern browsers have a JavaScript console; you may need to poke around menus with names like "Advanced" or "Developer Tools" to find it.

Hopefully, the console leads you immediately to the problem. Sometimes, however, it'll be hard to trlate the console message to the underlying cause. Here are some common pitfalls:

  • You may be using the Google Loader incorrectly.
  • Only load the charts/loader.js once. No matter how many charts you have on your web page, you should have one and only one call like this:

    <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> // Do this ONCE.

    This can be in the head or the body of your web page, depending on when you want the load to occur.

  • Ideally, call google.charts.load only once, with all the packages you'll need for your web page.

<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
  google.charts.load("current", {packages: ["corechart", "timeline"]});

  function drawBarChart1() {
    var barChart1 = new google.visualization.BarChart(document.getElementById('chart1'));

  function drawBarChart2() {
    var barChart2 = new google.visualization.BarChart(document.getElementById('chart2'));

  function drawTimeline() {
    var timeline = new google.visualization.Timeline(document.getElementById('chart3'));

<div id="chart1"></div>
<div id="chart2"></div>
<div id="chart3"></div>

  • Every chart should have a unique element id (e.g., chart1, chart2 in the above example).
  • Look for typos. Remember that JavaScript is a case-sensitive language.

The chart data included in the HTTP request is saved in temporary logs for no longer than two weeks for internal testing and debugging purposes. Of course you should understand that if your chart appears in an image tag on a public webpage, it could be crawled.

The Google Chart API is an extremely simple tool that lets you easily create a chart from some data and embed it in a webpage. You embed the data and formatting parameters in an HTTP request, and Google returns a PNG image of the chart. Many types of chart are supported, and by making the request into an image tag you can simply include the chart in a webpage.