Monday, January 12, 2015

Developing On A Laptop Is The Worst

I spent an hour this morning playing with my rainfall graphing project. Southern California got some rain this weekend and I wanted to see how it affected the charts. I've got pChart working and it's very powerful, but I'm still not facile with it and I need to keep a browser window open with my latest chart page, the manual and examples as I write code in Dreamweaver. I also need a window open with HeidiSQL, my database viewer.

I've got a laptop with a single 17" screen.

Yes, that's a big screen and my friends at work mock me for having such a monster to lug around, but it's still not anywhere big enough to make web development easy. At work I've got two screens and have worked with three in the past. That makes things so easy! This is torture.

In the end, I wasn't able to label the axes, draw a legend or create a title. Pathetic. Enjoy?

Percent of normal rainfall for San Diego. The upper curve is this year, the lower curve is last year. There's a slight uptick after yesterday's rains. The x-axis is the date going from 21 December 2014 to 12 January 2015. The y-axis probably goes from 20% to 220%, but I'm not completely sure.

If I could master labeling the graph dynamically, I wouldn't have to type this. Sigh.

1 comment:

tim eisele said...

Well, you obviously need several tablets plugged in to act as supplemental screens, while reading the documentation on your phone!

It will still be portable. Sort of.