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Comment Tibco Spotfire (Score 1) 180

There was a previous replier that mentioned Tibco Spotfire. This software solution deserves, IMHO, a much stronger endorsement. I have no idea how much it costs and I suspect it's hell'a expensive, but know this: it will let you visualize the living daylights out of whatever data you can throw at it.

As another poster mentioned, there is no substitute for UNDERSTANDING your data. But sometimes 'understanding' must be arrived at by an initial hypothesis (an educated guess) and the data must support the hypothesis. Tibco is a tool that will let you visualize the data very easily to test these hypotheses, in a very dynamic and flexible way.

How does it work? Think about pivot tables in Excel... then think about feeding it the same juice that the Incredible Hulk took. It's pivot tables on lots and lots of steroids.
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Submission + - Free tool offers 'easy' coding

jackstack writes: "From bbc: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6647011.stm
"A free programming tool that allows anyone to create their own animated stories, video games and interactive artworks has been developed.
Primarily aimed at children, Scratch does not require prior knowledge of complex computer languages.
Instead, it uses a simple graphical interface that allows programs to be assembled like building blocks.
The digital toolkit, developed in the US at MIT's Media Lab, allows people to blend images, sound and video.
"Computer programming has been traditionally seen as something that is beyond most people — it's only for a special group with technical expertise and experience," said Professor Mitchel Resnick, one of the researchers at the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT.
"We have developed Scratch as a new type of programming language, which is much more accessible.""

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