Dynamic Data in Highcharts

I have a chart page with 12 charts on it. Each chart is in a self
contained partial. Each chart is a different group of data however the
common filter is a date range which I pass into the partial.

I implemented a jQRangeSlider to select the date range and pass that to
the controller which in turn re-renders the page.

I can’t seem to get the charts to refresh showing the new data. I can
see in the terminal window the queries being called and they have the
right date however the chart is not refreshing.

HELP !!!


Part of the Controller

class ChartsController < ApplicationController
def charts
if params.has_key?(:startdate)
@startdate = params[:startdate]
@enddate = params[:enddate]
@displaystartdate = @startdate.to_date.strftime("%m/%d/%Y")
@displayenddate = @enddate.to_date.strftime("%m/%d/%Y")
respond_to do |format|

Primary Chart View

<%= link_to 'Back to Main Menu', :controller => 'home', :action => 'menu' %>

Dates from <%= @displaystartdate %> to <%= @displayenddate %>

And finally _chart8 partial

<%= render partial: 'chart8', :locals => {:startdate => @startdate, :enddate => @enddate} %>

Your using a $.ajax call but not handling the response in any way. It
seems that the data for your charts is being driven by instance
from the controller. This means that the data is set for the chart
when the page is rendered and then never again.

I think what you want to do here is have your front-end charts populated
through an ajax call, wrapped in a method. This same method is used
you need to refresh the data on the page. Essentially the HTML is
to give you the page structure and populate this with data using the
call, as opposed to using iVars from the controller. Take a look at the
jQuery documentation to get an idea on how to handle the ajax response.
You will want to write handler code for error responses as well to
your debugging experience.

Does this make sense/help you out? If not I can toss a small example of
what I’m talking about here.

On Monday, February 15, 2016 at 11:50:47 AM UTC-8, Ruby-Forum.com User

Also jQuery documentation for ajax method can be found here

I think I understand what you are saying to do, but an example would be
helpful… I am far from a JQuery expert… :slight_smile:


Thank you. I assumed that was what you were saying… Let me play with
that idea and see if I can get that to work.


So in your _chart8 partial you are populating chart.series.data using
proved startdate and enddate variables. You will want to change these
values when your ajax function returns data meaning you should first
persist your chart object instead of just creating it without

Something simple would be
$(function() {
window.chart8 = new Highcharts.Chart({
// etc…

Once this chart is accessible you can update your ajax query to do
something like this (forgive me I’m not familiar with the Chart API you
url: “/charts”,
type: ‘POST’,
data: { startdate: newstartdate, enddate : newenddate},
cache: false,
dataType: ‘json’
}).done(function(data) {
window.chart8.series.data = data // or some such thing
}).fail(function(msg) {
//something went wrong with the request

Again browse through the documentation at

Hope this gives you a good direction.

On Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 10:12:33 AM UTC-8, Ruby-Forum.com User

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