Tabletop.js and Handlebars is amazing.—
Andy Boyle (@andymboyle) May 07, 2012
Developers and programmers are creating tools that use Google Docs, not databases such as MySQL or Postgresql, to power visualization.
These journalists are fueled by the opportunity to bring visualizations to newsrooms that are devoid of news app developers.
Tabletop was originally built to work with ProPublica’s TimelineSetter, a JS+Ruby library that creates timelines. You need some specifically-formatted JSON which is created by a Ruby script from a CSV, which means your workflow is usually spreadsheet -> CSV -> Ruby -> JSON -> JS.
With Tabletop, though, you get to hook right into a Google Spreadsheet for all of your info! You just need to massage your data a little bit, thanks to Google’s API messing with column names and you needing a timestamp.”
I am by no means a programmer. But show me an example that I can open up in a text editor and upload to a website using FileZilla, even I can figure that out.