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Re: Statistics graph as a separate application

From: Simon Large <simon.tortoisesvn_at_googlemail.com>
Date: 2007-10-19 15:08:24 CEST

On 19/10/2007, Andreas Nicolai <Andreas.Nicolai@gmx.net> wrote:
> Hi there,
> On Thu, 18 Oct 2007 22:44:16 -0400, Alexander Klenin <klenin@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > I see statistics graph receive a lot of attention lately.
> > If Andreas plans on further improvements, perhaps it makes sense to
> > create a separate TortoiseStats application in line with TortoiseMerge
> > and others?
> >
> > I think that with carefully designed API we could allow to use
> > Excel/OpenOffice Calc/GNU Plot instead of it, by analogy with external
> > merge tools.
> Well, I don't think that the revision stats viewer would have a great
> re-usability value outside the context of viewing stats from an SVN
> repository. And just having an interface for externally developed
> statistics tools doesn't quite justify the amount of implementation work
> needed for such an external "swappable" statistics viewer.
> However, if a lot more sophistic statistics graphs and charts are
> required, maybe that could be implemented faster using a different class
> library (I'm thinking either Qt4 or Borland's VCL with the TeeChart
> component) instead of hand-writing everything with the current rather
> low-level MFC code.
> But let's think this through: if the interface were to be created at the
> point where the statistics dialog is just called, all data necessary to be
> passed to the statistics dialog module would be the 4 data arrays
> containing commit dates, authors, file counts etc. If these are stored in
> consecutive memory arrays (which is questionable for large data sets) they
> could easily be passed through a c-style DLL interface. Everything else
> would then be just part of the actual Dll.
> Anyway, at the moment this is way too much work for me, so I would step
> back from this task. But maybe it's worth keeping this in mind for the
> future? I'll add it as a new feature request to the tracker...

I think this falls into the category of 'feature creep' - adding new
features just because we can rather than because someone has a
pressing need for it.


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