[Sugar-devel] GSoC idea: Chart/graph-making activity

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Wed Mar 25 10:16:04 EDT 2009

The Measure activity is another approach to consider: data collection
from multiple sources are shared and displayed in the same
visualization space.


On Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 11:02 AM, Eben Eliason <eben at laptop.org> wrote:
> 2009/3/23 Jameson Quinn <jameson.quinn at gmail.com>:
>> On Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 8:44 AM, Garrison Benson <Benson.Garrison at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Jameson Quinn wrote:
>>> >
>>> > Implementing a whole spreadsheet is a big enough chore. We do really
>>> > care
>>> > about collaboration, but I would advise you to limit your ambitions to
>>> > something achievable, so worrying too much about collaboration right now
>>> > is
>>> > not vital.
>>> >
>>> I don't plan to create a spreadsheet, just a graph/chart tool. Obviously a
>>> full-featured spreadsheet (with functions, formulas, etc.) would be great
>>> for Sugar, but I think a simple, user-friendly charting activity would be
>>> much more feasible and more likely to actually be used in a primary
>>> school/middle school environment. (Full spreadsheet applications are
>>> pretty
>>> daunting to learn.) I was just throwing out the idea of a
>>> spreadsheet-style
>>> interface as the most obvious (but not necessarily best) type of interface
>>> for this kind of program.
>> OK, understood. I think that you're right, a spreadsheet-style interface is
>> best - when you're doing charts by hand, you start with data tables. Still,
>> I recommend that you plan your main deliverable as something that is
>> polished but without collaboration, and keep collaboration as something that
>> you'll work on if you have the time. Collaboration is actually harder to get
>> right than formulas, IMO.
> Agreed.  I'd simply encourage you to keep future collaboration in
> mind, such that large reorganization of the code isn't needed later on
> to add it.  You might also look into
> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Groupthink, which could be a potential
> solution to adding collaboration in the long run.
> - Eben
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Walter Bender
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