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Flex on Rails: Building Rich Internet Applications with Adobe Flex 3 and Rails 2 by Daniel Wanja, Tony Hillerson

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7 Data Visualization

Flex Builder Professional provides a new data visualization framework enabling you to manage and display complex data structures by supplying three main types of visual components: the advanced data grid, the OLAP data grid, and the charting components. The three components let you create some impressive data analysis applications. The advanced data grid provides progressive features, such as multicolumn sorting, data grouping, and summaries. The OLAP data grid enables display of multidimensional data, which is a common use in executive dashboards. Like a spreadsheet, it organizes data into rows and columns to show aggregated data in a very condensed way. Finally, the data visualization framework includes the Flex ...

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