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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

Readying the environment

Ever written server apps in PHP? If so, you're in for a treat. JavaScript web applications are a million times easier to deploy thanks to Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) web hosting providers, and you can manage an entire fleet of servers using a few simple tools. Instead of fighting with a huge monolithic Apache or Nginx configuration, you can deploy a new instance for every app you create, which sandboxes them and allows for much more compact infrastructure. We'll discuss how to deploy to Heroku later in the chapter; for now, we will just test everything locally.


What is Heroku, and do you have to use it? Heroku is a way of deploying applications that use 12-factor app principles (for the specifics, visit Without going too deep into the 12-factor app philosophy, the idea is that you try to create stateless applications that use web services in the place of a large, monolithic piece of server infrastructure (for instance, a Linux-based virtual...