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February 8, 2014

Web based Gapminder

by Joe Kuan

If you haven’t heard of Gapminder, then watch this very charismatic presentation from Ted talk by Prof. Hans Rosling. Basically, Gapminder is a Flash application which presents the world of statistics and demonstrates how it has evolved over centuries. It has been in my long overdue tasks list to implement a web based Gapminder using my Highcharts extension for ExtJs. So far it took me few hours a week over couple months to come up with this prototype. The challenge is that simultaneously updating and animating nearly 300 data points (with color shading) in a fraction of a second is quite CPU intensive. At least, it is possible now in HTML5.

The following is a short video demo of the prototype. It is running under my Mac Mini (Quad core 2.3GHz i7 – 4G RAM).

However, there are still plenty to implement. Online demo and code on github will be available soon

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