It's been a big year for dygraphs!
Looking back at the last 365 days in the commit log, there were 356 commits. A big "thank you" to everyone who contributed:
- danvk (207 commits)
- kberg (107 commits)
- nealie (13)
- jeremybrewer (9)
- antrob (8)
- flooey (6)
- paul felix (3)
- bombela (1)
- ben winslow (1)
- Lee (1)
One thing I learned this year is how to better manage the commit history on the master branch. So those counts may understate the contributions of people like Paul who contributed later in the year.
So what changed? The flashy stuff first! Here were the new features:
- Range selector (Paul Felix)
- Log Scale (kberg)
- Chart labels & "legend: always"
- Animated Zooms
- CSS-based sizing & automatic resizing
- Better float format handling (jeremybrewer)
It's also been a year of greatly-improved documentation. Some of the biggest wins here have been:
- The options reference page, and logic which ensures that it stays up-to-date
- JSDoc for our public APIs.
- A comprehensive guide to dygraphs and IE
- This dygraphs blog (kberg)
auto_tests (kberg gets a dygraphs gold star for this one). Automated tests help us prevent unexpected side-effects from changes, as well as regressions. We had no automated tests at the start of the year, but now we have 83. This is good news for users as well as developers, who can make changes with a lot less fear than they did a year ago. Another gold star goes to Cory Smith for developing JSTD.
There have been many other internal changes — we fixed a bajillion bugs, and antrob made some contributions which resulted in significant speedups for large charts.
So where is dygraphs going next? Here are some areas I'd like to work on next year:
- Improved auto_test coverage
- More intuitive/discoverable interactions
- Nicer-looking charts
- Better warnings when you misconfigure a Dygraph
- Customized interactions for touch-screens
- Speed improvements (maybe by using WebGL and reducing internal copying)
- Improving dygraphs.com
All-in-all, 2011 has been a great year for dygraphs. Here's hoping that 2012 will be even better!
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