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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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In this chapter, you learned how to solve the most common cross-browser issues with the best tools. With Modernizr, we can build a lightweight script that detects supported browser features in CSS and JavaScript. We can provide polyfills or use a wrapper whenever it is necessary.

For creating an SVG visualization using D3, we need to be aware of the restrictions from the supported SVG specification. Hence, we need to take special care when dealing with filters, animations, and clipping paths.

You learned how to create responsive visualizations that work across all browsers. One key thing to remember when using Media Queries is the matchMedia polyfill, which is commonly used by other tools to polyfill the native JavaScript function. Respond.js is a great polyfill for simple CSS Media Queries, and Enquire.JS motivates you to move your Media Queries to JavaScript.

Finally, we discussed different mouse- and touch-related problems and a solution for building cross-browser compatible applications...