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Learning Responsive Data Visualization

By : Christoph Körner
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Learning Responsive Data Visualization

By: Christoph Körner

Overview of this book

Using D3.js and Responsive Design principles, you will not just be able to implement visualizations that look and feel awesome across all devices and screen resolutions, but you will also boost your productivity and reduce development time by making use of Bootstrap—the most popular framework for developing responsive web applications. This book teaches the basics of scalable vector graphics (SVG), D3.js, and Bootstrap while focusing on Responsive Design as well as mobile-first visualizations; the reader will start by discovering Bootstrap and how it can be used for creating responsive applications, and then implement a basic bar chart in D3.js. You will learn about loading, parsing, and filtering data in JavaScript and then dive into creating a responsive visualization by using Media Queries, responsive interactions for Mobile and Desktop devices, and transitions to bring the visualization to life. In the following chapters, we build a fully responsive interactive map to display geographic data using GeoJSON and set up integration testing with Protractor to test the application across real devices using a mobile API gateway such as AWS Device Farm. You will finish the journey by discovering the caveats of mobile-first applications and learn how to master cross-browser complications.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Learning Responsive Data Visualization
About the Author
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Drawing shapes with D3

D3 is a great library to create web visualizations because it includes a lot of useful abstractions when working with SVG elements. In this section, we will look at some of these SVG abstractions to draw shapes. These abstractions for drawing shapes are called generators in D3; we will mainly use the line-, area-, and arc-generators when creating visualizations.


All SVG shape abstractions can be found in the D3 Github page at

Drawing Lines and Curves

If you've ever used the SVG path element and the d attribute to create custom shapes or Bézier curves, you already know that this is not as easy as it should be. Those who have never used the SVG path element only need to know that you would have to learn a special syntax to define and concatenate control points for a Bézier curve.


You can find more information about the d attribute on MDN at