Generate a class breaks visualization

Note: Support for 3D on mobile devices may vary, view the system requirements for more information.

This sample demonstrates how to generate a data-driven class breaks visualization based on a classification method used to classify data from a numeric field in a FeatureLayer.

This is accomplished with the createClassBreaksRenderer() method in the color renderer creator helper object. All that is required for generating a renderer is a Feature Layer and a field name.

var params = {
  layer: layer,
  field: "COL_DEG",
  normalizationField: "EDUCBASECY",
  basemap: map.basemap,
  classificationMethod: "quantile",
  numClasses: 4,
  legendOptions: {
    title: "% population with a college degree"

// generate the renderer and set it on the layer
    layer.renderer = response.renderer;

A word of caution

Keep in mind that generating renderers should be avoided in most applications because of the performance cost affecting the end user. As stated in the Visualization overview: Smart mapping API guide topic, the Smart Mapping APIs were designed for two types of applications: data exploration apps and visualization authoring apps similar to ArcGIS Online. In all other cases, renderers should be saved to the layer or manually created using any of the renderer classes.

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