I’m still not quite sure this is really happening, maybe its the flu jab I just had… I was tinkering with settings for this site, specifically mucking around with widgets and thought I’d try the widget that lets me add a Google Gadget. I thought, I’ll see if there is something out there to do with BI, so I searched for BI and came up with…(giggles)…
A “7D Pie Chart for Google Spreadsheet”
This really has to be seen to be believed, so I have embedded it (admittedly right down, waaaay out of sight over there on the right, scroll down a lot). For one thing, I have no idea what 7D really means but just to give you some idea, the creators have combined the usual 3D stuff with more dimensions, size, colour, and (this is the best bit) sound! I mean it really is quite incredible, you can spin the thing around and click and it makes noises and shows stuff and you can stretch it and really go to town. But what on earth is it for?
What I find amazing is that the code necessary to achieve this must be really complicated, someone really, really smart must have sat down and worked really hard to develop this but I just don’t understand why. It doesn’t help in terms of conveying the information and at best it is just distracting and ‘clever’. It reminds me of my early programming days (here he goes again) when people did ‘smart’ stuff which the next programmer could never work out when a simple statement would have worked just fine. At 3am when you get called in to fix a batch finance job you really don’t want to be unpicking ‘smart’ code. So just keep it simple, keep the layout, the format, the colours and the content simple, just enough detail to communicate the story.
Stephen is just going to love this one 😉