- SEE ALSO
GD::Graph::sparklines - plot "sparkline" graphs
use GD::Graph::sparklines; my $graph = GD::Graph::sparklines->new(100, 30); my $gd = $graph->plot( [[0,1,2,3], [16, 40, 35, 20]] ); print $gd->png();
GD::Graph::sparklines is a Perl module for creating sparklines using the GD::Graph infrastructure -- if you want a sparkline of your data, you can just replace
and it will "just work", assuming you've not used any esoteric options.
GD::Graph::sparklines was originally a simple wrapper around GD::Graph::lines but it turned out very difficult to get the graph sizing correct without subclassing and overriding methods.
(It's also very difficult to get ploticus to draw sparklines.)
GD::Graph::sparklines adds a few options to the GD::Graph set.
If set, clips the graph to those values (overriding any minimum or maximum values in the data sets).
If set, plots a background "range" band between the two values.
If set, forces the first colour to be light grey and plots a small red blob on the last value point.
If not, uses the standard GD::Graph colours (as set by dclrs) and doesn't plot the blob.
Undoubtedly lots. In particular, the full power of GD::Graph isn't implemented and will probably go terribly wrong if attempted.
The graphs are generally ugly -- I tend to render them at 4x and use "| convert -scale 25%" to generate the final smoothed output. (GD's copyResampled method doesn't seem to work very well otherwise there'd be a resample option for generating anti-aliased graphs.)
Plotting more than one dataset on a sparkline will look ugly.
Edward Tufte for his chapter about sparklines in "Beautiful Evidence" Martien Verbruggen for GD::Graph George A. Fitch III for GD::Graph::boxplot which helped me a lot
Copyright (c) 2004, Rob Partington <email@example.com>