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Google Charts – Ruby Style!

Posted in Programming by Brian Russell on December 17, 2007

By now everyone has probably heard about the Google chart API.  If you haven’t, check out the announcement.

I spent some time playing around with the API by just creating URLs and seeing what the browser would show.  After I was familiar with the API, I decided it would be cool to create a gem that wrapped this functionality so I could use it in my Ruby on Rails applications.  Of course, before you start any programming work, you should first go look to make sure someone else hasn’t already done the work for you.  Low and behold, there are a few out there.  Here is one I found I think I will be working with myself – Googlecharts.  The page has some good examples of what is possible, and it appears to include most, if not all, of the whole API.