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Here's a script that I use when I want columns turned into rows and vice-versa (assuming tab delimiters for both input and output). The code itself is 4 lines (including the shebang line, which covers most of the work), and the rest is docs.

This is especially handy when I just want to see a row or two from a table with lots of columns, and the first line of data fed to the script is the column labels.

#!/usr/bin/perl -l -n @F = split/\t/; $a[$_][$.-1] = $F[$_] for (0..$#F); END{ print join "\t", @{$a[$_]} for (0..$#a) } =head1 NAME transpose-tsv -- invert a tab-delimited table =head1 DESCRIPTION This stdin-stdout filter assumes that the input is two or more lines of plain text consisting of tab-separated-values, and that all lines have a consistent number of fields. (It doesn't do sanity checks.) The output will be transposed (or inverted), so that what had been columns in the input become rows, and vice-versa. Input like this: heading1 heading2 heading3 value11 value12 value13 value21 value22 value23 value31 value32 value33 will be output like this: heading1 value11 value21 value31 heading2 value12 value22 value32 heading3 value13 value23 value33 =head1 AUTHOR David Graff =cut

Update: forgot to mention (in case it's not obvious): given this little script, the only other thing you need is something that will dump your mysql table content to stdout as one tab-delimited row per line, so you can pipe its output to this script. You probably want that sort of tsv table-dump tool anyway, if you don't have one already.

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    [Corion]: I'm interested in how their product actually works. It uses websockets between two non-browser components, so there are some weird technology decisions, or rather, I assume the product started out as something completely different :)
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