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By G. Wade Johnson (‎gwadej‎) from
Date: Tuesday, 22 June 2010 15:00
Duration: 40 minutes
Target audience: Any
Language: English
Tags: charts graphs svg visualization

Data Visualization with Perl and SVG

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Perl has pretty much unsurpassed data manipulation capabilities. One of the language's great strengths is text manipulation, and it is fast enough to do reasonable amounts of raw numeric manipulation as well.

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an XML-based vector graphics format that has been gaining traction in the last few years. It supports extensive 2D graphics capabilities, scripting, and (in some implementations) declarative animation.

Combining these two tools is a great way to visualize data in new and exciting ways. A Perl program can easily generate SVG or an SVG-based application can call a Perl-based server for updated information.

Although each of these tools can be used with other technologies, the combination is extremely powerful and flexible.

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