June was a busy month for the ZingChart team. We’ve been building cool new demos, developing third party integrations, and adding new features. Let’s take a look at some of these recent developments, as well as some of the impressive activity in the JavaScript and dataviz communities.

JavaScript and Dataviz Links of Interest

JavaScript News and Releases

Brendan Eich announces WebAssembly

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JavaScript creator Brendan Eich recently announced WebAssembly, a new binary compile format that aims bring more features to the web stack via the use of lower level languages. This W3C Community Group has contributions from:

NPM Launches npm3 Beta

NPM (node package manager) has released npm3 beta, touted to be a “near-total” rewrite, so NodeJS users, pay attention! Version 3.0.0 will remain in beta until stable and NPM will continue pushing releases to npm2 during that time. Read all about in the release notes.

ECMA6 Officially Approved

ECMAScript 2015 (aka ECMA6), the most significant update to ECMAScript since 1999, has been officially approved by the ECMA International General Assembly. It’s formalization means that browser developers can now complete their implementation of ECMA6 features without fear of changes to the specification. Check out the official documentation to learn about the new features in the spec.

ZingChart News and Releases

ZingChart v2.1.1

We kicked off June 2015 with ZingChart build 2.1.1, which included some minor bug fixes and syntax additions, but also some cool new legend features. Check out our blog post for more details!

ZingChart + Your Framework or Database

We understand that most charts aren't made in a vacuum. With that in mind, the ZingChart team has been working hard to demonstrate a wide range of use cases in our new Github demo repo. Don’t see your framework or database in our demo list? Drop us a line and let us know which tool you’d like to see a demo for next!

What makes ZingChart Better?

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The admins over at developer community Devmag.io tapped us to answer a member’s question about how ZingChart stacks up against other popular charting libraries, like Highcharts. Check out our very own Merrily Chopp’s thoughtful answer to this important question.

Dataviz Around the Web

FEMA’s Disaster Dataviz Tool

The United States Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA) released an interesting new dataviz tool that allows users to explore disaster declarations and grants by location, year, month, and disaster type. They’ve also made the data set available to the public, for those of you who are interested in making a dataviz of your own.

Boxplots and Big Data

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We took some time this month to demystify boxplots, a potentially underused chart type in the dataviz field. Come for the guide, stay for the interactive big data boxplot using 119 years worth of data!

Nathan Yau Recreates the Statistical Atlas

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Lamenting the recent loss of the Statistical Atlas of the United States, Nathan Yau of Flowing Data decided to take matters into his own hands. Using only publicly available data from US government websites, Yau has recreated the Statistical Atlas with recent data in the style that we all know so well. Well done!

Have interesting news or projects that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!