Review: Learning Raphaël JS Vector Graphics

I’ve been reading on JavaScript library — Raphaël — on the weekends. I work for a advertising analytics company working on web user interfaces so I got interested in data visualization in the process.

The key take away from this book is to create vector graphics and data visualizations in your browser using Raphael.js.

Raphael is a API that provides an excellent abstration over SVG. It allows you to add animation and interactivity to your web applications.

To learn more, there’s a good book by Packt Publishing — Learning Raphaël JS Vector Graphics which is written by Damian Dawber.

Learning Raphaël JS Vector Graphics

The book contains a good introduction to Raphael. It goes on to cover quite a bit on SVG and paths as well. The fourth chapter, Transformation and Event Handling gave good insights to prepare you for animations in the next chapter. The book eventually leads you to create an social media visualization.

If you’re interested in learning more about Raphael, check out the book from Packt.

Nvidia now claims CPU is dead

Previous Nvidia CEO criticized Intel’s graphic offerings, calling them a joke. Now it’s Roy Taylor’s turn. Roy Taylor, as we all don’t know, is Nvidia’s vice president of content relations (What?).

From: Roy Taylor [] 
Sent: 10 April 2008 23:36
Subject: The best job in the world.

Guys I have the best job in the world. Official. I cant tell you how much fun we’re having here right now.

I don’t know how much this will mean to you all but for those that don’t know a war has just started that will likely be written about for years and which will affect everyone who owns a PC. Everyone.

Basically the CPU is dead. Yes, that processor you see advertised everywhere from Intel. Its run out of steam. The fact is that it no longer makes anything run faster. You don’t need a fast one anymore. This is why AMD is in trouble and its why Intel are panicking. They are panicking so much that they have started attacking us. This is because you do still [need] one chip to get faster and faster – the GPU. That GeForce chip. Yes honestly. No I am not making this up. You are my friends and so I am not selling you. This shit is just interesting as hell. Continue reading “Nvidia now claims CPU is dead”

CEOs say the darnest things

NVIDIA CEO Jen Hsun-Huang was quoted saying Intel’s integrated graphics offerings were “a joke,” and that even a tenfold increase in performance would put them behind NVIDIA’s current products. “We’re going to open a can of whoop ass,” he told analysts, whom quickly broke out into laughter.

NVIDIA CEO: “We’re Going to Open a Can of Whoop Ass”

Throughout the bulk of the conference call, Huang continued to lament Intel for poor graphics performance. He hints at another Intel slide deck that claims Intel GMA 3100 is Windows Vista Premium compatible — a claim which was debunked by Microsoft employees in a recent lawsuit.

Intel fired back minutes later, sending emails to analysts detailing NVIDIA’s poor track record when it comes to Vista crashes due to incomplete drivers. Almost on queue, Huang responded once again.

“NVIDIA has to support several new titles every week,” he said, alleging that Intel’s graphics just have to support the basic office packages. “You already have the right machine to run Excel. You bought it four years ago,” he said.

The statement clearly struck a nerve with Huang, who paused for a second before adding “How much faster can you render the blue screen of death?” Continue reading “CEOs say the darnest things”