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needs suggestions for website graphs
or use a graphing api?
edzillion

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Msg#: 3617200 posted 2:42 pm on Apr 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

My company wants to display graphs on its website.
- the graphs will be static but the data dynamic (ie. need to click refresh to update the graph)
- they want the graphs to be wholly owned by us, no branding from another company

I've looked about, and there isnt much - smartdraw, visual mining are the only ones I can find, and there is always visio but I dont know if that can be run via server scripts and embedded in a page.

Has anyone any experience of this?

Cheers
Ed

 

phranque

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Msg#: 3617200 posted 10:41 pm on Apr 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

you can easily create your own graphs with a graphing package.
you can have the image tag source refer to a cgi script that responds with the image headers and content.
for example i usually use perl with GD::Graph [search.cpan.org].

edzillion

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Msg#: 3617200 posted 10:47 am on Apr 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

I suppose a server side script that automatically writes images to a certain url could be used to display on other's websites relatively easily.
Are there any off-the-shelf apps that can do this?

limbo

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Msg#: 3617200 posted 1:33 pm on Apr 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

You can use CSS - search for CSS Graphs and you may be surprised what can be achieved with some raw data and a bit on ingenuity.

dreamcatcher

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Msg#: 3617200 posted 2:40 pm on Apr 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

Try looking on Sourceforge too, you`ll find all sorts of things on there.

dc

edzillion

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Msg#: 3617200 posted 3:05 pm on Apr 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

I was thinking about something more robust than css.

Basically the idea is to have the server constantly polling another site for some data in XML format, and continuously build graph images from this information and dump them to specific urls.

I looked on Sourceforge and couldn't find anything that stood out for its completeness or features. Any suggestions?

g1smd

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Msg#: 3617200 posted 9:57 pm on Apr 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

What's the technology behind the graphs within Google Analytics?

LifeinAsia

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Msg#: 3617200 posted 10:03 pm on Apr 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

You might want to look into the Google Chart API [code.google.com].

henry0

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Msg#: 3617200 posted 10:20 pm on May 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

phpclass should have a bunch of such

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