|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
Really slick Charts and Graphsby jdrago_999 (Hermit)
|on Apr 07, 2006 at 17:31 UTC||Need Help??|
jdrago_999 has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I've been looking at graphing modules and tools (both Free and commercial) and have not found anything that really looks nice.
I mean nice. Like Dundas Charts for .NET ($700 - $4,000 USD).
In my opinion the best Perl graphing software I have come across is Perl Chart Director ($59 - $99) from Advanced Software Engineering.
While the Perl Chart Director looks a lot nicer (IMHO) than GD, it doesn't come anywhere close to Dundas.
We're not only talking about the visual appeal of the graphs generated by the software - I'm impressed by the simple API the Perl Chart Director has - very much along the lines of GD. Not exactly the same, but you basically pass it a list of data and a list of labels to generate graphs.
I'm shocked that something written on a platform that is consistently blasted and booed by the open-source community could have all these Features -- way more than anything else I have seen. Why don't we have something like this? I would do what I could to contribute, but this is certainly more than a one-person-project. This would have to be the the result of concerted effort of several expert programmers.
I figure some kind of OpenGL-to-raster conversion could help take things from 3D objects to the 2D world of images. Image::Magick, GD or Imager could handle stitching the resulting images together. New functionality could be borne from what already exists.
So, before I go and start up a new project on Sourceforge or whatever, I have to ask: Did I miss something, or are we lacking Really Nice Graphs?