“b[0] is undefined” error when using Google’s Visualization API

When playing around with google’s visualization API I came across the following error, which just appeared in the place of lovely colourful chart. No javascript errors were thrown or anything else.

b[0] is undefined

After searching the internet a bit I did not manage to find any answers, at which point I decided it was time to change values passed to the API at random and see when it started working.

The Fix:

It turns out is was the width and height properties it didn’t like, apparently they were too small?!?

Original Code:

function drawVisualization() {
var data = new google.visualization.DataTable();
 data.addColumn('string', 'fruit');
 data.addColumn('number', 'quantity');
 data.setValue(0, 0, 'Oranges');
 data.setValue(0, 1, 3);
 data.setValue(1, 0, 'Bananas');
 data.setValue(1, 1, 4);
 data.setValue(2, 0, 'Grapes');
 data.setValue(2, 1, 2);
 data.setValue(3, 0, 'Apples');
 data.setValue(3, 1, 6);
 var chart = new google.visualization.BarChart(document.getElementById('visualization'));
 chart.draw(data, {width: 150, height: 200, title: 'Fruit',
 vAxis: {title: 'Type of Fruit', titleTextStyle: {color: 'blue'}}

When I modified width and height values I gave to the draw function (as so):

chart.draw(data, {width: 190, height: 200, title: 'Fruit',
 vAxis: {title: 'Type of Fruit', titleTextStyle: {color: 'blue'}}

It started working again. Not quite sure why setting small sizes on the charts causes this, or why it only produces are fairly useless error message.

By the way: At first I was just testing out the API using Googles Code Playground, which is quite smart!

Any way this is how my chart looked after the fix (and I bit more resizing)

Flat image of bar graph created using Google's Visualization API

Flat image of bar graph created using Google's Visualization API

Connecting to an Amazon RDS via PHP

If your trying to connect from an Amazon EC2 instance to an RDS instance in PHP and finding that the connection keeps timing out (i.e. you get a mysql 2003 error). try using the IP address for the RDS instance instead of the hostname (or ‘Endpoint’ as Amazon calls it).

So instead of using:

$link = mysql_connect('mydbinstance.c7hszkfowzmc.us-east-1.rds.amazonaws.com:3306', 'mysql_user', 'mysql_password');

Use something like this (obviously replacing the IP address below with the IP of your RDS):

$link = mysql_connect('', 'mysql_user', 'mysql_password');