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From David Jencks <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Monitoring Client may need a new graphing engine
Date Fri, 07 Dec 2007 07:34:00 GMT
+100 for simile.

IMO the curved lines in dojo 0.4.3 are really bogus and basically lie  
about how much data you have.  I'd recommend you not use them if  
The mouse-over feature is very useful, you can easily read actual  
numbers off the graph
multi-series display is pretty much essential IMO to get a reasonable  
view of data on only one web page.

The multi-series display example you point to indicates the meaning  
of each data series in text above the graph.  How is this worse than  
labelling the y-axis?

david jencks

On Dec 6, 2007, at 6:29 PM, Erik B. Craig wrote:

> All,
> Currently the monitoring client is using Dojo 0.4.3 charting, which  
> does not necessarily behave as expected on Firefox/Safari on a mac,  
> or on IE6 on Windows.
> I consider this to be a shortcoming, and given the new version of  
> Dojo available (1.0.1), began investigating migrating the  
> monitoring client over to the new version of Dojo, only to find  
> that the new version of dojo appears to be a significant rewrite of  
> the old code base, leaving out some features that I consider to be  
> very visually pleasing and important for statistics viewing. While  
> rummaging through the Dojo forums, I stumbled upon another  
> Javascript graphing framework called Timeplot, which is part of the  
> SIMILE project at MIT, and while this has it's own set of  
> limitations... I'm trying to figure out the lesser of three evils  
> before it comes a time that this monitoring plugin will be  
> released, so that I have enough time (read: 3-5 days) to migrate  
> the javascript generation over to something new if necessary.
> I have created a small demonstration page that shows all three  
> options graphed with the same data series, as well as weighing some  
> of the advantages/disadvantages I could come up with,
> Please have a look, and let me know your thoughts.
> Personally, I think it would be really cool if we could use the  
> Timeplot graphing libraries, as it is all BSD licensed and  
> therefore friendly I believe (right, Kevan?)... and also EXTREMELY  
> cool for showing multiple data series in one chart.
> -- 
> Thanks,
> Erik B. Craig

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