Is there portable Perl somewhere for producing GIFs or PNGs?
Every month or so, usually in different environments, I need to produce data-drive graphic for some web app. If I'm lucky (which has been about 25% of the time), GD will be installed. If I'm not lucky (again, about 25% of the time), I either can't acquire admin rights on the box, or can't marshall all of the pieces needed to build GD, and then burn up time doing some kludgey one-off. The in-between 50% just takes time.
This time, I scratched the itch by finding a half a page of pure Ruby for generating PNGs, and did the data analysis and graph production in another two pages of Ruby.
There's gotta be a way to painlessly convert bits to some web-friendly image format in Perl.