Custom axes with Sencha 3.1 GXT Charts

Here’s a short idiom for today. If you have a Sencha chart with multiple BarSeries, you can click on the legend by default, which will “exclude” certain values from the recalculation of the y-axis minimum and maximum. We found that there are certain times when Sencha will compute the max range of a chart as a value less than 10, while the axis has 10 tick marks. This leaves some ugly decimal points in the y-axis labels, which just doesn’t make sense in some instances (e.g. you can’t have a fraction of a whole object).

Bad! You can't have a fraction of a device!
Bad! You can’t have a fraction of a device!

In order to get whole numbers here, I added a legend handler which recomputes the axis and sets a minimum value if Sencha would compute a < 10 max for the y-axis. Here's the code snippet:

			legend.addLegendSelectionHandler(new LegendSelectionHandler() {

				@Override
				public void onLegendSelection(LegendSelectionEvent event) {
					if (axis.getTo() < 10) {
						axis.setMaximum(10.0);
					} else {
						axis.setMaximum(Double.NaN);
						axis.setInterval(Double.NaN);
					}
					axis.calcEnds();
					axis.drawAxis(false);
					_chart.redrawSurface();
				}
				
			});

And here's the result:

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 2.04.52 PM
Ahh, much better.

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