[futurebasic] Re: [FB] How to proceed with old FB-projects

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From: PZ <pierrezippi@...>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 12:52:51 -0600
Thanks, Herbie,

My plotting format needs are not met by standard graphing applications,
hence I have written my own solutions. In addition to specific plot formats,
there are also specific ways to sort, find, omit, etc. columns of graphical
data. I create the graphical representations in FB apps then use Intaglio or
Illustrator to combine major charts into a final montage with maps,
commentary text, etc.


> From: "H. Gluender" <h@...>
> Reply-To: <futurebasic@...>
> Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 19:26:45 +0100
> To: FB Mailing List <futurebasic@...>
> Subject: [FB] How to proceed with old FB-projects
> 
> Pierre wrote:
> 
> So, here's my same old question rephrased for the context of this thread...
> 
> Which programming environments would you (the list) recommend for these
> criteria:
> 1) ease of programming (I'm already in over my head with FB5)
> 2) read a text spreadsheet
> 3) plot (graph) the data
> 4) transform the data
> 5) save the new data as text spreadsheet
> 6) save the graphs as editable vector graphics
> 
> I would expect 2, 3, 4 & 5 to be easily achieved. It's #1 and #6 that
> concern me.
> 
> Are there examples out there? What allowed me to accomplish as much as I
> have in FB2 & FB4 was the wealth of good examples, from application shells
> to small demo apps that I could easily follow and adapt to suit my needs.
> 
> I like the cross platform idea of Java, but like RealBasic, will the
> graphics code need to be written independently for Mac and Windows?
> 
> Thanks.
> -------------------------------
> 
> An idea that comes to my mind is using already available applications
> that are perhaps linked by scripts.
> 
> A)
> There are several apps for #2 and #3.
> 
> B)
> Some of the apps that are suited for #2 and #3 also provide
> data-processing facilities for #4 as well.
> 
> C)
> Apps for #2 and #3 should also perform #5 and #6.
> 
> 
> Of course I don't know about your special formats and requirements
> and it may turn out that my suggestion is far from realistic.
> 
> Have a look at Kaleidagraph. There is a free trial version and it
> comes with a nice scripting language for data processing. The
> graphical output/display is not bad but for better graphing I
> recommend the free software "Plot".
> 
> If your task should require several applications, then you might
> couple them and perhaps do some additional computations by using
> AppleScript which is quite fast these days!
> 
> Just an idea
> -- 
> 
>                    Herbie
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