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Here's a problem ColdFusion and other Web developers will have to solve at some point: how to get up-to-date data from a database, put it into a chart and display it on the Web, then make the chart interactive so users can "drill down" to more detailed information. Sound familiar? This type of request is becoming more common as the Web develops into the corporate application platform of choice and decision-makers need information fast, in a form that's easily digestible. What's the best way to implement this kind of application? Java applets? Massive GIF batch jobs during nonbusiness hours? MS Excel? Perl? In this article I'll examine some of the common approaches and also introduce a ColdFusion integrated solution using Visual Mining's ChartServer. A typical example of this type of Web application is the Executive Information System, or EIS. An EIS gives executives ... (more)