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Expert Data Visualization

By : Jos Dirksen
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Expert Data Visualization

By: Jos Dirksen

Overview of this book

Do you want to make sense of your data? Do you want to create interactive charts, data trees, info-graphics, geospatial charts, and maps efficiently? This book is your ideal choice to master interactive data visualization with D3.js V4. The book includes a number of extensive examples that to help you hone your skills with data visualization. Throughout nine chapters these examples will help you acquire a clear practical understanding of the various techniques, tools and functionality provided by D3.js. You will first setup your D3.JS development environment and learn the basic patterns needed to visualize your data. After that you will learn techniques to optimize different processes such as working with selections; animating data transitions; creating graps and charts, integrating external resources (static as well as streaming); visualizing information on maps; working with colors and scales; utilizing the different D3.js APIs; and much more. The book will also guide you through creating custom graphs and visualizations, and show you how to go from the raw data to beautiful visualizations. The extensive examples will include working with complex and realtime data streams, such as seismic data, geospatial data, scientific data, and more. Towards the end of the book, you will learn to add more functionality on top of D3.js by using it with other external libraries and integrating it with Ecmascript 6 and Typescript
Table of Contents (10 chapters)

External charting libraries

There are many extensions and additional charting libraries built on top of D3. In this section we'll discuss a couple of the best-known and popular ones. If you want a more extensive overview of what is available for D3 you can look here: Note though that you should always check whether the library is made for D3 version 3 or D3 version 4, the latter of which is the version used in this book.

In this section, we'll discuss the following four of these:

  • Dimple.js: Dimple.js is a charting library that aims to make the basic usage of D3 easier. It aims to make D3 available to people not highly proficient with D3, and provides a simple-to-use API for creating axis-based visualization. Dimple.js is based on D3 v4.
  • MetricsGraphics.js: This library provides additional tools and charts for creating time-series-based charts, such as line charts, histograms...