Reporting With jqPlot and EPPlus

Posted on Mar 05, 2013 by Nate in Uncategorized

When you get down to it, most business applications are simply displaying and manipulating data. But while that sounds simple, achieving it is not easy. Luckily, there are some great libraries available that help us avoid reinventing the wheel.

I recently worked with a client whose analytic toolset was a large Excel spreadsheet that they emailed to their management staff. But this company had locations all over the country, and they needed a better solution. So using jqPlot, a free jQuery library developed by Chris Leonello, I helped create a web-based platform for all their charts and graphs. And since the client still wanted the ability to export all their information to Excel, the EPPlus library, based on Open Office Xml, was able to do most of the heavy lifting for me.

If you’re looking for good, robust reporting tools, I can’t recommend these two enough. And if you’d like to know more about their specifics, I’ve written about them here and here.

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