My latest article, A Bright, Shiny Service: Sparklines, is now available on XML.com. It's about the BitWorking Sparkline Generator, which is a web service, a web application, and source code, all for generating sparklines.
Update: First public sighting of the sparklines service being used: Where Left Is Right.
Update 2: First port of the web service, this one being to .NET, by Eric Bachtal.
Posted by anonymous on 2005-06-25
Dan: You have no idea how much I was sweating the fact that someone might beat me to the punch before my XML.com article was published :)
didier: No particular reason, it seemed the simplest thing that could possibly work. Patches are always welcome!
Posted by Joe on 2005-06-25
Posted by Dave Smith on 2005-06-26
Man, this just kills me! Swear to god, I've been playing with the same thing -- I wanted a Sparkline generator myself, and I realized how easy it would be to make it a web service (and how great it would be to help popularize Sparklines). I started goofing around with the PHP code a month ago.
I fully admit I'm a mediocre coder, though (barely past hobbyist), and I wouldn't have come up with anything a fraction as polished. Very, very cool, there. I really had wondered whether someone else -- maybe someone with the chops to make this a weekend project -- would get there first. Kudos and a bow.
Posted by Dan Hartung on 2005-06-25