[lug] Development & reporting tool choices

Ville Kallioniemi ville.kallioniemi at gmail.com
Thu Feb 5 20:22:35 MST 2009

On Feb 5, 2009, at 4:50 PM, Kevin Kempter 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 ?

There are a ton of java based open source libs for doing the things  
that you describe.

> 2) anyone know of a good source of C library routines (something  
> like CPAN) ?

http://sourceforge.net/  is a good place to start

> 3) Any thoughts on the methods to generate XML via C ?

libxml is pretty good:

Although doing xml in C/C++ is a PITA compared to e.g. python or java.


> 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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