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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

Chapter 2. A Primer on DOM, SVG, and CSS

You might already be used to manipulating DOM and CSS with libraries such as jQuery; if so, much of this will seem very familiar, as D3 has a full suite of manipulation tools. If not, don't worry, as this chapter exists to get everyone up to speed.

Very similar to HTML's DOM is the SVG namespace, which we'll use for most of the examples in this book. SVG is at the core of building truly great visualizations, so we'll take special care to understand it, starting out by manually drawing shapes and then doing the same using D3's path generators in Chapter 3, Shape Primitives of D3.

In this chapter, we'll take a look at the core technologies that make D3 tick. They are as follows:

  • Document Object Model (DOM)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)