[BangPypers] Creating PPT with graphs

Santosh Rajan santrajan at gmail.com
Thu Jan 13 14:48:29 CET 2011

Looks more like a systems engineering problem to me rather than a
programming language problem.

IMHO you should first exhaust all possibilities of using Unix services/Commands.

Use code only where the logic dictates that you use a programming
language. (where a shell script will not suffice).

On Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 4:59 PM, Jins Thomas <jinsthomas at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> To be frank i have a doubt whether it's a right thing to ask in this forum.
> We had a requirement where we need to process some HTML files (which
> contains tabular data) and create some graphs and finally create a PPT which
> contains the graphs and a pdf which contains its tabular data.
> We that time used Perl to achieve this since we already had the expertize
> and there were some time constraints. We used GD graph module for creating
> graphs as .png files and used OpenOffice::OODoc module to create OpenOffice
> impress document with these *.png files. And we also had a xml configuration
> file to configure for each type of html files what kind of graphs are
> required.
> Now the problem is (Not sure it's a problem of Perl, it can also be due to
> some poor programming style)
> 1. Script has become huge (around 2500+ lines, though it has lot of newlines
> and comments) when we included many options, flexibilities and exceptions.
> 2. Still at some point of time we are getting stuck because of the
> limitations of the GD graph module or OpenOffice module.
> 3. Readability is also getting difficult day by day even though I'm the only
> who wrote all those things. I myself is struggling a bit to understand why i
> did that.
> So I would like to have some opinions/suggestions from you like
> 1. Would these kind of problems happen if i had used Python also
> 2. How good is the similar modules for creating OpenOffice documents, pdfs ,
> graphs as png files in Python
> 3. Would it be a good idea to rewrite the entire thing in Python.
> 4. And some general programming thoughts/suggestsion/advice why this
> happened :(
> Thanks alot
> Jins Thomas
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