We are pretty excited to hear that JIT (JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit) developed by Nicolas Garcia Belmonte, has got a heap of new features coming in version 2.0. The coolest Javascript library we’ve come across, JIT makes viewing dry data like your server landscape, as mesmerizing as a rubric cube – you just can’t stop playing with it.
Ranging from radial layouts of tree directories, space trees and pie graphs in pie graphs, JIT has some ingenious ways of showing relationships between things. For example the Rgraphs allow users to click on nodes to zoom into, while adjusting the overall graph to still show its relationships to other nodes. Thanks to precisely this visualisation, which Icinga web developers have used for status maps – we can click between hosts and see the dependencies that exist.

We like JIT because it’s so easily extensible, all visualization classes can be added to or written over, and combined to create completely new views. It also displays well on all the popular browsers like Firefox, IE, Safari etc, and works well with any DOM manipulation framework – whilst being of course open source under BSD.
Believe it or not as Nicolas promises in his JIT blog, graphs can get more dynamic than that – check out his sneak-peak videos of new zooming and panning functions, animated and interactive tree maps which allow nodes to be deleted and shifted around. Crazy looking stuff and we’re looking forward to it!