But that sooo last-century …
But that sooo last-decade …
Now there is this, using the latest HTML5 capabilities and resolution-independent SVG:
See http://selection.datavisualization.ch/ (click through on each one to get details).
That picture doesn’t really do justice to the way some of these tools adjust dynamically and animate on change. All in the web browser. Stunning – in features and in variety!
I’ve been zooming in a bit (heh) on tools such as Rickshaw and NVD3 – both with lots of fascinating examples. Some parts are just window dressing, but the dynamics and real-time behaviour will definitely help gain more insight into the underlying datasets. Which is what all the visualisation should be about, of course.
For an interesting project using SocketStream, Flot, and DataTables, see DaisyCentral. There’s a great write-up on the Architectural Overview, and another page on graphically setting up automation rules:
This editor is based on jsPlumb for drawing.
Another interesting project is Dashku, based on SocketStream and Raphaël. It’s a way to build a live dashboard – the essence only became clear to me after seeing this YouTube video. As you build and adjust it in edit mode, you can keep a second view open which shows the final result. Things automatically get synced, due to SocketStream.
Now, if only I knew how to build up my fu-level and find a way into all this magic…