O’Reilly: Programming Web Graphics With Open Source Software

For immediate release
March 5, 1999
For more information contact:
Lisa Mann (707)829-0515 ext 230
or lisam@oreilly.com

Programming Web Graphics With Open Source Software

Sebastopol, CA–Many people assume that creating web graphics
requires graphics editors like Adobe Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro.
But with Open Source software like Perl and GNU Image Manipulation
Program (GIMP) you have the power to dynamically generate graphics
based on user input and activity, easily manipulate graphics
content, and optimize graphics for compression and quality.

It’s a little-documented field, and the valuable free libraries
and tools available on the Internet are little publicized. From
access counters and log-report graphs to scientific plots and
on-the-fly animated GIFS, graphics scripting is within the grasp of
most web scripters. “Programming Web Graphics with Perl & GNU
Software” was written to provide a practical resource for
intermediate and advanced web programmers who want to use CGI
Scripts to generate dynamic graphic content.

“This book takes online graphics out of the pixel-based world of
programs like Photoshop” says Richard Koman, O’Reilly editor, “Open
source software like Perl and the GIMP enable programmers and
scripters the ability to create web sites with dynamically
generated graphics that interact with user input and behavior. With
this book, author Shawn Wallace heralds an era of just-in-time

“Overall, well written and very valuable to me. I learned quite
a few things about the Image::Magick library that I didn’t already
know. The book will be setting at my deskside along with a select
group of other essential web programming resources.”
–Lincoln Stein

For more information, including Table of Contents and index,

Programming Web Graphics with Perl & GNU Software
By Shawn P. Wallace
1st Edition February 1999 (US)
1-56592-478-9, 470 pages, $29.95 (US$)

Get the Free Newsletter!

Subscribe to Developer Insider for top news, trends, & analysis