New Chartpart.Com uses Google Chart API
If the Internet is overwhelming us with a flood of data, then graphical summaries of that data are one way to manage the torrent.
Chartpart was created to make it easy to quickly summarize some data in a chart, and post the result as part of a blog post, wiki, or web page. Check it out to see what it can do.
Chartpart was originally created with Rails in the summer of 2007. It was created to scale well, which made for a bunch of work on the server side to be able to handle generating tens of thousands of chart images a day. Unfortunately, the site wasn’t that compelling — only a handful of users showed up daily. A great learning experience, but a waste otherwise.
One reason was Chartpart did not provide a permanent URL for the generated images (because I didn’t want to commit to keeping the server up forever). For users, it was a hassle to generate then save the images in a hosted location where you could link to them.
When Google launched their Chart API a few weeks ago, it was a great opportunity to take a fresh shot at doing Chartpart in a much simpler and better way.
Some of the benefits are
- Every generated chart now has a permanent URL link provided by Google (formatted for you by Chartpart). Feel free to use it on any blog/web page. It’s subject to the same usage limits as other clients of the chart API — 50,000 hits/day/domain, which should do for any small/med traffic site.
The new chartpart is now up — try it out and let me know if it’s useful to you. It’s a simple 1-1 mapping of the old functionality to the new chart API. There are many additional capabilities of Google’s API that it can’t do today, but feedback on what you’d like to see is welcome.