At Revelry, we believe in sharing and learning from one another (beliefs that are rooted in our Core Values). Among the many things we do to encourage internal knowledge exchange is to have a different team member present at each Engineering Meeting. These presentations don’t have to be lengthy, formal, or complicated; in fact, many are brief, but also powerful in that they teach our Revelers something new, inspire conversation, and encourage collaboration.
In the spirit of sharing, we share our This Week I Learned presentations (aka RevTWILs”) here. We hope you find them helpful.
THIS WEEK: Software developer Danielle Tyler shares about ContEx:
What Is ContEx?
- ContEx is a pure Elixir server-side data plotting library outputting SVG.
- It’s still a relatively new library, but being maintained and updated; it’s latest release is dated May 31, 2023.
- ContEx’s purpose is to simplify charting / plotting in Elixir apps and eliminate the need for JS in simple use cases.
- The typical usage pattern consists of:
- Wrapping data in a Contex.dataset() object
- Passing this dataset into a Contex.Plot() object, along with the desired chart type (i.e., BarChart)
- Using to_svg function to output SVG with plotted data
Benefits of ContEx
- It’s easy to use.
Limitations of ContEx
- ContEx is a newer library that is still being tweaked. Documentation is being steadily improved, but there are not a ton of resources like you would find with a more established library.
- It has some visual limitations, for example: 1.) There are no built in animations like you would get with JS libraries, and 2.) It is not as highly interactive as JS libraries.