[lug] Development & reporting tool choices

Davide Del Vento davide.del.vento at gmail.com
Thu Feb 5 18:08:50 MST 2009

Probably this will not be a good reply, but I think that you will find
bunch of useful libraries for what you need in many of the "modern
web" languages such java, python etc. Perhaps you will find something
in C too, but I'll bet there are not be such a huge choice of
solutions, customizable things, robustness, choice of license (since
you are going to be closed sourced), etc.
Are you sure you *really want* to use C for this project?

On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 16:50, Kevin Kempter <kevin at kevinkempterllc.com> wrote:
> Hi All;
> We're preparing to embark on a new development project. It will eventually be
> released dual projects similar to Red Hat with a commercially supported side
> and a leading edge open source side.
> The project will pull data from a database and present info to users. We'll
> need a graph/chart component and a way to generate html, PDF and spreadsheet
> reports/downloads. It will be a web based interface.
> Questions:
> 1) I'm thinking we'll write the initial commercial (closed source) code in C.
> Anyone have any thoughts/alternative suggestions ?
> 2) anyone know of a good source of C library routines (something like CPAN) ?
> 3) Any thoughts on the methods to generate XML via C ?
> 4) Any suggestions per the generation of the PDF, HTML, etc reports on screen
> and for download ? maybe php within the web front end? a set of C routines to
> be called based on basic report parameters? others ?
> Thanks in advance for your feedback...
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