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D3.js 4.x Data Visualization - Third Edition

By : Aendrew Rininsland, Swizec Teller
Book Image

D3.js 4.x Data Visualization - Third Edition

By: Aendrew Rininsland, Swizec Teller

Overview of this book

Want to get started with impressive interactive visualizations and implement them in your daily tasks? This book offers the perfect solution-D3.js. It has emerged as the most popular tool for data visualization. This book will teach you how to implement the features of the latest version of D3 while writing JavaScript using the newest tools and technique You will start by setting up the D3 environment and making your first basic bar chart. You will then build stunning SVG and Canvas-based data visualizations while writing testable, extensible code,as accurate and informative as it is visually stimulating. Step-by-step examples walk you through creating, integrating, and debugging different types of visualization and will have you building basic visualizations (such as bar, line, and scatter graphs) in no time. By the end of this book, you will have mastered the techniques necessary to successfully visualize data and will be ready to use D3 to transform any data into an engaging and sophisticated visualization.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Author2
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback
Shape Primitives of D3

Helping your audience understand scale

A big part of visualizing data is conveying scale and differences in magnitude. The following examples do this particularly well.

To start with, view John Burn-Murdoch's graphic on high-speed elevators for the Financial Times at

The following screenshot doesn't really do it justice:

If the preceding screenshot were a live visualization, you would see the elevators at each building endlessly rise and fall, with a counter beneath tracking how many times the elevator has gone up and down while looking at the page. A nice bit of easing at the top and bottom makes you feel that the little magenta square travelling along the line is a real elevator, subject to physics in the same way a big metal cage rapidly moving up and down the world's tallest buildings would be. Although this printed version only communicates one dimension--the relative heights of each elevator and building--the interactive...