Having spent a frustrating week trying to make a graph with Java. I sat down with PHP and pounded out the following graphics in 15 minutes. Click the picture and you will go to a page with the code.
I was able to write the program quickly because PHP knows the secret to making a programming language a success: They write clean documentation geared toward people who want to get the job done.
For some odd reason the "visionaries*" who write Java documentation are on some sort of kick where they spend their time talking about how great java is and never tell people how to do simple things like write a computer program.
(yes, Sun calls the documentation writers visionsaries)