Live Electricity Usage

So, following on from my recent post on updating my Currentcost code I now have every update coming from the Currentcost unit popping directly into the database, every 6 seconds.

I had become aware of the Highcharts charts javascript and when reading through their Live Charts Demo decided that this was just waiting to be played with.

I now have essentially the same graph that they have in that demo, and the page HTML is very similar. The difference is obviously to call my code instead, and also a change to refresh every 6 seconds:

function requestData() {
        url: '/power/latest.php',
        success: function(point) {
            var series = chart.series[0],
                shift = > 60; // shift if the series is longer than 20

            // add the point
            chart.series[0].addPoint(eval(point), true, shift);

            // call it again after one second
            setTimeout(requestData, 6000);
        cache: false

My AJAX call is also to some PHP, but mine looks up the latest data from the database with a simple SQL statement:

select unix_timestamp(time) as time,data_value from data order by time desc limit 1

I quickly realised that this would slap the database, and more so if more than one person was viewing the page. That would be unnecessary, and so I installed memcached and the php5 memcached module.

<?php header("Content-type: text/json"); $m = new Memcached(); $m->addServer('', 11211);

if(!($row = $m->get('leccy'))) {
        //echo "didn't get from memcache\n";
        $row = get_from_db();
        $m->set('leccy', $row, 6);
else if(time() - $row['time'] > 5) {
        //echo "got, but is old\n";
        $row = get_from_db();
        $m->set('leccy', $row, 6);

// x is JS time which is unixtime x 1000
$x = $row['time'] * 1000;

// y is the value at that point
$y = $row['data_value'] * 1;

$ret = array($x, $y);

echo json_encode($ret);

function get_from_db() {
        mysql_connect("db server","db user","db passwd") or die("cannot connect: ".mysql_error());
        mysql_select_db("db name");
        $sql = 'select unix_timestamp(time) as time,data_value from data order by time desc limit 1';
        $sth = mysql_query($sql) or die("no query: ".mysql_error());
        $row = mysql_fetch_assoc($sth);
        return $row;


Edit: Slight tweak to the code, as there was some obvious lazyness that I tidied up.