Create an Auto-Scaling HTML Chart using Only SQL

8 07 2010

July 8, 2010 (Modified July 9, 2010)

I thought that I would try something a little different today – build an auto-scaling HTML bar chart using nothing more than a SQL statement.  I mentioned in this book review that I was impressed with the HTML chart that was included in the book, but I felt that it might be more interesting if the example used absolute positioning, rather than an HTML table.  So, I built an example using dynamic positioning that is not based on what appears in that book.

We will use the sample table from this blog article (side note: this is an interesting article that shows how a VBS script can generate a 10046 trace file, and then transform that trace file back into a VBS script), just with the table renamed to T1.

CREATE TABLE T1 AS
SELECT
  DECODE(TRUNC(DBMS_RANDOM.VALUE(0,5)),
          0,'MIKE',
          1,'ROB',
          2,'SAM',
          3,'JOE',
          4,'ERIC') EMPLOYEE_ID,
  TRUNC(SYSDATE)-ROUND(DBMS_RANDOM.VALUE(0,1000)) SHIFT_DATE,
  DECODE(TRUNC(DBMS_RANDOM.VALUE(0,10)),
          0,'VAC',
          1,'HOL',
          2,'BEREAVE',
          3,'JURY',
          4,'ABS',
          5,'EXCUSE',
          6,'MIL',
          'OTHER') INDIRECT_ID
FROM
  DUAL
CONNECT BY
  LEVEL<=1000;

COMMIT;

Now that we have 1000 rows in the sample table, let’s see how many entries fall into each week in the table (the week starts on a Monday) for those indirect entries that are either VAC, ABS, or EXCUSE:

SELECT
  NEXT_DAY(SHIFT_DATE,'MONDAY')-7 WEEK_OF,
  COUNT(*) IND
FROM
  T1
WHERE
  INDIRECT_ID IN ('VAC','ABS','EXCUSE')
GROUP BY
  NEXT_DAY(SHIFT_DATE,'MONDAY')-7
ORDER BY
  1;

Your results of course will be different from what follows due to the randomization of the data, but this is what was returned from my database:

WEEK_OF   IND
--------- ---
08-OCT-07   1
15-OCT-07   2
22-OCT-07   4
29-OCT-07   3
05-NOV-07   3
03-DEC-07   2
10-DEC-07   3
24-DEC-07   2
...
05-JAN-09   1
12-JAN-09   3
19-JAN-09   7
02-FEB-09   1
...
21-JUN-10   3
28-JUN-10   2
05-JUL-10   2

The above SQL statement should work for the base query, now we need to start manipulating the data so that we are able to calculate the size and location of the bars in the chart.  We will slide the above SQL statement into an inline view:

SELECT
  WEEK_OF,
  IND,
  MAX(IND) OVER () MAX_IND,
  COUNT(WEEK_OF) OVER () COUNT_WEEK_OF,
  ROWNUM RN
FROM
  (SELECT
    NEXT_DAY(SHIFT_DATE,'MONDAY')-7 WEEK_OF,
    COUNT(*) IND
  FROM
    T1
  WHERE
    INDIRECT_ID IN ('VAC','ABS','EXCUSE')
  GROUP BY
    NEXT_DAY(SHIFT_DATE,'MONDAY')-7
  ORDER BY
    1);

In addition to returning the original data from the SQL statement, we are now also returning the maximum data value, the total number of weeks with at least one entry, and a row counter:

WEEK_OF   IND MAX_IND COUNT_WEEK_OF    RN
--------- --- ------- ------------- -----
08-OCT-07   1       7           126     1
15-OCT-07   2       7           126     2
22-OCT-07   4       7           126     3
29-OCT-07   3       7           126     4
05-NOV-07   3       7           126     5
03-DEC-07   2       7           126     6
10-DEC-07   3       7           126     7
...
05-JAN-09   1       7           126    57
12-JAN-09   3       7           126    58
19-JAN-09   7       7           126    59
02-FEB-09   1       7           126    60
...
14-JUN-10   2       7           126   123
21-JUN-10   3       7           126   124
28-JUN-10   2       7           126   125
05-JUL-10   2       7           126   126

Next, we need to calculate the position and size of each of the bars in the chart, so we will again slide the above into an inline view:

SELECT
  WEEK_OF,
  IND,
  MAX_IND,
  COUNT_WEEK_OF,
  RN,
  TRUNC(300 * IND/MAX_IND) BAR_WIDTH,
  TRUNC(800 * 1/COUNT_WEEK_OF) BAR_HEIGHT,
  TRUNC(800 * 1/COUNT_WEEK_OF * (RN-1)) BAR_TOP,
  100 BAR_LEFT
FROM
  (SELECT
    WEEK_OF,
    IND,
    MAX(IND) OVER () MAX_IND,
    COUNT(WEEK_OF) OVER () COUNT_WEEK_OF,
    ROWNUM RN
  FROM
    (SELECT
      NEXT_DAY(SHIFT_DATE,'MONDAY')-7 WEEK_OF,
      COUNT(*) IND
    FROM
      T1
    WHERE
      INDIRECT_ID IN ('VAC','ABS','EXCUSE')
    GROUP BY
      NEXT_DAY(SHIFT_DATE,'MONDAY')-7
    ORDER BY
      1));

You might notice in the above that I specified that the maximum width of the chart will be 300 (pixels) and the maximum height will be 800 (pixels).  Here is the output:

WEEK_OF   IND MAX_IND COUNT_WEEK_OF    RN  BAR_WIDTH BAR_HEIGHT BAR_TOP BAR_LEFT
--------- --- ------- ------------- ----- ---------- ---------- ------- --------
08-OCT-07   1       7           126     1         42          6       0      100
15-OCT-07   2       7           126     2         85          6       6      100
22-OCT-07   4       7           126     3        171          6      12      100
29-OCT-07   3       7           126     4        128          6      19      100
05-NOV-07   3       7           126     5        128          6      25      100
03-DEC-07   2       7           126     6         85          6      31      100
10-DEC-07   3       7           126     7        128          6      38      100
24-DEC-07   2       7           126     8         85          6      44      100
...
05-JAN-09   1       7           126    57         42          6     355      100
12-JAN-09   3       7           126    58        128          6     361      100
19-JAN-09   7       7           126    59        300          6     368      100
02-FEB-09   1       7           126    60         42          6     374      100
...
14-JUN-10   2       7           126   123         85          6     774      100
21-JUN-10   3       7           126   124        128          6     780      100
28-JUN-10   2       7           126   125         85          6     787      100
05-JUL-10   2       7           126   126         85          6     793      100

Now what?  We need to convert the above into HTML using DIV tags to position the bars as calculated.  Prior to the first row we need to write a couple of HTML tags to set the page title, and after the last row we need to write a couple more HTML tags to close the BODY and HTML section of the document.  The transformed SQL statement looks like this:

SET TRIMSPOOL ON
SET LINESIZE 400
SET ECHO OFF
SET FEEDBACK OFF
SET VERIFY OFF
SET PAGESIZE 0
SET SQLPROMPT ''

SPOOL C:\CUSTOM_CHART.HTM

SELECT
  DECODE(RN,1,'<html><head><title>Custom Chart</title></head><body>' || CHR(13) || CHR(10),' ') ||
  '<div style="position:absolute;' ||
    'top:' || TO_CHAR(TRUNC(800 * 1/COUNT_WEEK_OF * (RN-1))) || 'px;' ||
    'left:' || TO_CHAR(5) || 'px;' ||
    'width:' || TO_CHAR(100) || 'px;' ||
    'height:' || TO_CHAR(TRUNC(800 * 1/COUNT_WEEK_OF)) || 'px;' ||
    '"><font size="1px" color="#0000FF">' || TO_CHAR(WEEK_OF,'MM/DD/YY') ||
      REPLACE('     ',' ',CHR(38) || 'nbsp;') || TO_CHAR(IND) || '</font></div>' ||
  '<div style="background:#444466;position:absolute;' ||
    'top:' || TO_CHAR(TRUNC(800 * 1/COUNT_WEEK_OF * (RN-1))) || 'px;' ||
    'left:' || TO_CHAR(100) || 'px;' ||
    'width:' || TO_CHAR(TRUNC(300 * IND/MAX_IND)) || 'px;' ||
    'height:' || TO_CHAR(TRUNC(800 * 1/COUNT_WEEK_OF)) || 'px;' ||
    '"><font size="1px" color="#FFFFFF"></font></div>' ||
  DECODE(RN,COUNT_WEEK_OF, CHR(13) || CHR(10) || '</body></html>',' ') HTML_LINE
FROM
  (SELECT
    WEEK_OF,
    IND,
    MAX(IND) OVER () MAX_IND,
    COUNT(WEEK_OF) OVER () COUNT_WEEK_OF,
    ROWNUM RN
  FROM
    (SELECT
      NEXT_DAY(SHIFT_DATE,'MONDAY')-7 WEEK_OF,
      COUNT(*) IND
    FROM
      T1
    WHERE
      INDIRECT_ID IN ('VAC','ABS','EXCUSE')
    GROUP BY
      NEXT_DAY(SHIFT_DATE,'MONDAY')-7
    ORDER BY
      1));

SPOOL OFF

There is a slight problem with the above, the SQL statement and SPOOL OFF are printed in the resulting HTML file – if someone knows how to avoid that behavior (without placing the above into another script file), I would like to see how it is done (Oracle’s documentation did not help).

This is what the resulting HTML file looks like:

The number of result rows from the query was a bit high (126) so the bars are significantly compressed in height.  Just to see what happens, let’s add the following to the WHERE clause in the inner-most inline view:

AND SHIFT_DATE >= TO_DATE('01-JAN-2010','DD-MON-YYYY')

The resulting chart now looks like this:

Of course it is possible to adjust the colors of the font (#0000FF) and the bars (#444466), which are specified in hex in the format of RRGGBB (red green blue).  It is also possible to adjust the color of the bars to reflect the value represented by the bar, but that is an exercise for the reader.  For those who need to feel creative, it is also possible to display pictures in the bars, but that is also an exercise left for the reader.

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Edit: The sample output from the SQL statement displays correctly on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 using Firefox 0.8:


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2 responses

9 07 2010
ezuall

Very good post, I’m acually looking into something similar myself. I bought the SQL Recipes book after your review and it’s pretty good, thanks.

One question: What is that strange looking web browser you’re using ;-) Just kidding.

9 07 2010
Charles Hooper

I agree that the SQL Recipes book is a pretty good book as long as you keep in mind that the book is showing you what is possible with SQL statements – but not necessarily showing you exactly the correct way to retrieve some of the information. For people just learning SQL coding, the book is certainly helpful just to come to grasp with the scope of SQL statements on the Oracle platform. I am happy to hear that my review helped.

Regarding the web browser, I considered providing a screen shot of a different web browser just to verify that the output displays as expected, but it just didn’t look right on Windows 95.

Next week I have another article planned that will use multiple vertical oriented bar charts, rather than the single horizontal bar chart. That article, of course, will require more than just a SQL statement.

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