Introduction

This showcases some features that are yet to be available on CRAN and currently being tested: feedback in the form of github issues and pull requests is more than welcome!

This essentially covers a consequential new feature of echarts4r that allows using any function that adds a serie to a chart (e.g.: e_bar) as a proxy. This, combined with a new e_remove_serie lets one seamlessly add and remove series from a chart without having to redraw it in its entirety, making for much slicker Shiny charts.

Examples

Below is a basic Shiny application that uses echarts4r. We’ll afterwards add to the app the ability to add and remove a serie.

library(shiny)
library(echarts4r)

# phoney data
df <- data.frame(
  x = 1:100,
  y = runif(100),
  z = runif(100)
)

ui <- fluidPage(
  echarts4rOutput("chart")
)

server <- function(input, output){

  output$chart <- renderEcharts4r({
    e_charts(df, x) %>% 
      e_scatter(y, z)
  })

}

shinyApp(ui, server)

We add a button to enable adding a serie on the chart.

  1. Create a proxy with echarts4rProxy.
  2. We use e_line to add a scatter plot.
  3. Actually update the chart with e_execute.

First, this means we can now use echarts4rProxy just like our nearly chart initialisation function e_charts. Then we used e_line but you are free to use any other functions that adds a serie to a chart. The e_execute function is used to actually send the the updates to the front end and have the chart updated, this allows batching updates, e.g.: add a scatter plot and a line at once.

library(shiny)
library(echarts4r)

# phoney data
df <- data.frame(
  x = 1:100,
  y = runif(100),
  z = runif(100)
)

ui <- fluidPage(
  actionButton("add", "Add z serie"), # button
  echarts4rOutput("chart")
)

server <- function(input, output){

  output$chart <- renderEcharts4r({
    e_charts(df, x) %>% 
      e_scatter(y, z)
  })

  observeEvent(input$add, {
    echarts4rProxy("chart", data = df, x = x) %>%  # create a proxy
      e_line(z) %>% 
      e_execute()
  })

}

shinyApp(ui, server)

We can then add another button to remove the serie with e_remove_serie which does not require the use of e_execute.

library(shiny)
library(echarts4r)

# phoney data
df <- data.frame(
  x = 1:100,
  y = runif(100),
  z = runif(100)
)

ui <- fluidPage(
  actionButton("add", "Add z serie"), 
  actionButton("rm", "Remove z serie"), 
  echarts4rOutput("chart")
)

server <- function(input, output){

  output$chart <- renderEcharts4r({
    e_charts(df, x) %>% 
      e_scatter(y, z)
  })

  observeEvent(input$add, {
    echarts4rProxy("chart", data = df, x = x) %>%  # create a proxy
      e_line(z) %>% 
      e_execute()
  })

  observeEvent(input$rm, {
    echarts4rProxy("chart") %>%  # create a proxy
      e_remove_serie("z")
  })

}

shinyApp(ui, server)

We can now demonstrate how to add multiple series, and the useful of e_execute.

library(shiny)
library(echarts4r)

# phoney data
df <- data.frame(
  x = 1:100,
  y = runif(100),
  z = runif(100)
)

ui <- fluidPage(
  actionButton("add", "Add series"), 
  actionButton("rm", "Remove series"), 
  echarts4rOutput("chart")
)


server <- function(input, output){

  output$chart <- renderEcharts4r({
    e_charts(df, x) %>% 
      e_scatter(y, z)
  })

  observeEvent(input$add, {
    echarts4rProxy("chart", data = df, x = x) %>%  # create a proxy
      e_line(z) %>% 
      e_loess(y ~ x, name = "fit") %>% 
      e_execute()
  })

  observeEvent(input$rm, {
    echarts4rProxy("chart") %>%  # create a proxy
      e_remove_serie("z") %>% 
      e_remove_serie("fit")
  })

}

shinyApp(ui, server)