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Feedback on FluidPivotsPlugin

-- MariaDelCarmenHuertas - 07 Apr 2008

Thank you Maria and FluidSignal for contributing this plugin!

Some small feedback:

  • It would be helpful to show one or two simple examples how this plugin is used. (in conjunction with the ChartPlugin if so)
  • Usability: Avoid "this page" or "click here" links, see AvoidClickHereLinks
  • Add the SHORTDESCRIPTION setting, the reports in the Plugins web depend on it. (I added it to the plugin topic)
  • Add "Test if the installation was successful" explanation
  • Use your name as the plugin author, e.g. TWiki:Main.MariaDelCarmenHuertas instead of TWiki:Main.FluidSignal; the Main.FluidSignal topic does not (and should not) exist. (I added it to the plugin topic)
  • On copyright, use a direct link to the FluidSignal website. (I added it to the plugin topic)
  • How about measuring and documenting the PluginBenchmarks numbers?
  • Do not add the version umber to the package name, name it simply FluidPivotsPlugin.zip. (TWiki takes care of versioning; The reports in the Plugins web depend on this naming convention; I renamed the attachment)
  • The plugin ships with lib/TWiki/Plugins/FluidPivotsPlugin/Table.pm, but the code refers to TWiki::Plugins::ChartPlugin::Table. Same for Parameters.pm. That is, those modules are never referenced; there is a dependency on ChartPlugin. Either remove those modules and document the dependency, or change the package names and references to TWiki::Plugins::FluidPivotsPlugin::Table
  • Help on tag votes on the plugin topic so that people can discover it. (I added some tags)

-- PeterThoeny - 09 Apr 2008

This is good work - took some time for me to understand exactly what problem this Plugin solves. It would have been great help if the problem is stated clearly.

Agree with PeterThoeny - it always helps if a few sample/simple examples are explained/demonstrated with the Plugin.

I was able to install it successfully on my test instance, a Perl module CPAN:Math::Round is missing in the dependencies, corrected that in Plugin Topic.

Thanks for contributing the good work to the community-appreciated.

-- SopanShewale - 09 Apr 2008

Hm, can somebody explain briefly what it is this plugin does that ChartPlugin can't? I'm just curious why it was necessary to introduce a new plugin instead enhancing an existing one.

-- FranzJosefGigler - 09 Apr 2008

"took some time for me to understand exactly what problem this Plugin solves"

@Sopan - can you give us your interpretation?

Thanks, M.

-- MartinCleaver - 02 Sep 2008

It's been a long time that we were looking for TWiki to SupportPivotTables !! So this should be a nice enhancement, I'll have to play with it.

-- KeithHelfrich - 03 Sep 2008

Hi, I am having trouble to generate pivot table from a table of very few rows. The FluidPivotsPlugin works if the original table has multiple rows of different values. But if the table only have one or a few rows, it would pick the wrong column when generating the pivot table. It might be related to picking data from spreadsheetplugin. Here are some sample code. The first pivot is pick the wrong column for the quantity, at least on my system. Please let me know if anyone knows how to solve it. Thanks.

%TABLE{name="TestTable1" headercolor="#666666"}%

Type Month Quantity
abc 2009-05 35

%TABLE{headercolor="#666666"}% %FLUIDPIVOTS{name="TestTablePivot1" table="TestTable1" rows="Type" columns="Month" data="Quantity" operation="sum" visible="all" order="Month"}%

%TABLE{name="TestTable2" headercolor="#666666"}%

Type Month Quantity
abc 2009-05 35
abc 2009-06 40

%TABLE{headercolor="#666666"}% %FLUIDPIVOTS{name="TestTablePivot2" table="TestTable2" rows="Type" columns="Month" data="Quantity" operation="sum" visible="all" order="Month"}%

-- BingHuang - 2009-05-14

I updated the FluidPivotsPlugin, it works now on TWiki-5.0. I also set the modification policty to "feel free to modify" since the author is no longer reachable (the e-mail bounces).

-- PeterThoeny - 2011-01-17

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