Post tagged: plotting

Plotting & Graphs for the web

Or, "there must be simpler way to do graphs in Rails"

In several recent projects, I've needed to produce graphs of various epidemiological & bioinformatic datasets on demand in web applications. Unfortunately, in the world of Ruby and Rails, the choices of toolkits aren't as straightforward as hoped. This is a summary of the available choices and what I found.

Background & assumptions …


Some problems, some solutions.

If you need to draw a custom graph type in Ruby, there's a few problems:

  1. There's only a modest number of graphing libraries
  2. You don't have to go to far for your graph type to not be covered by these

Which leaves you few choices. You could manually draw it …