[Chicago] Graphing libraries

James Snyder jbsnyder at fanplastic.org
Mon Jan 19 21:17:12 CET 2009

There's also a related library that uses Cairo as well, called PyCha: 
(the URL takes some time to load, for some reason his Trac install is a bit sluggish). 

I have to say though, CairoPlot does look pretty sexy. 

If you're looking for some user interaction on the client side as well, without the ugliness of doing it in Flash, there's an implementation of Processing.org in JavaScript, written by John Resig of jQuery fame: 

It's in no way specific to doing time series data, but if sexy is what you're after, check out the molten bar chart example: 

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From: "Kevin Harriss" <special.kevin at gmail.com> 
To: "The Chicago Python Users Group" <chicago at python.org> 
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2009 3:58:55 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central 
Subject: Re: [Chicago] Graphing libraries 

I have heard a lot of good things about CairoPlot[1]. It seems to make some pretty pictures and looks really simple to use. 

[1] https://launchpad.net/cairoplot 


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On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 1:24 PM, Garrett Smith < g at rrett.us.com > wrote: 

Any thoughts on the most awesomest graphing library for Python? 

I need something that's free of weird commercial licenses, obviously. 

Simple APIs are preferred. Performance and efficiency are very important. The ability to create pretty pictures is a bonus, but this is first for foremost for utility. 

Most, if not all, of the data will be time series. 

I'm using rrdtools, which of course is very good for managing and graphing time series data. This may ultimately be the right course, but I'm wondering if anyone has some insight into some other options in the Python world. 

Thanks for any input! 

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