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D3.js 4.x Data Visualization - Third Edition

By : Aendrew Rininsland, Swizec Teller
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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


Welcome to D3.js 4.x Data Visualization, Third Edition. Over the course of this book, you’ll learn the basics of one of the world’s most ubiquitous and powerful data visualization libraries, but we don’t stop there. By the end of our time together, you’ll have all the skills you need to become a total D3 ninja, and will be able to do everything from build visualizations from scratch straight through to using it on the server and writing automated tests. If you haven’t leveled up your JavaScript skills in a while, you’re in for a treat--this book endeavors to use the latest features currently being added to the language, all the while explaining why they’re cool and how they differ from "old school" JavaScript. 

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Getting Started with D3, ES2017, and Node.js, covers the latest tools for building data visualizations using D3.

Chapter 2, A Primer on DOM, SVG, and CSS, reviews the underlying web technologies that D3 can manipulate.

Chapter 3, Shape Primitives of D3, identifies and creates the basic shapes that comprise a data visualization.

Chapter 4, Making Data Useful, teaches how to transform data so that D3 can visualize it.

Chapter 5, Defining the User Experience – Animation and Interaction, helps you use animation and user interactivity to drive your data visualizations.

Chapter 6, Hierarchical Layouts of D3, focuses on how hierarchical layouts can take your D3 skills to the next level by providing reusable patterns for creating complex charts.

Chapter 7, The Other Layouts, discusses the non-hierarchical layouts that speed the creation of many addition complex chart types.

Chapter 8, D3 on the Server with Canvas, Koa 2, and Node.js, outlines how to build and deploy a Node.js-based web service that renders D3 using Koa.js and Canvas.

Chapter 9, Having Confidence in Your Visualizations, showcases how to improve the quality of your code by introducing linting, static type checking, and automated testing to your projects.

Chapter 10, Designing Good Data Visualizations, compares and contrasts differing approaches to data visualization while building a set of best practices.

What you need for this book

You will need a machine that is capable of running Node.js. We will discuss how to install this in the first chapter--you can run it on pretty much anything, but having a few extra gigabytes of RAM available will probably help you while developing. Some of the mapping examples later in the book are kind of CPU intensive, though most machines produced since 2014 should be able to handle it.

You should also have the latest version of your favorite web browser--mine is Chrome, and I use it in the examples, but Firefox also works well. You can also try to work in Safari or Internet Explorer/Edge, or Opera, or any number of other browsers, but I find Chrome’s developer tools to be the best.

Who this book is for

This book is for web developers, interactive news developers, data scientists, and anyone interested in representing data through interactive visualizations on the Web with D3. Some basic knowledge of JavaScript is expected, but no prior experience with data visualization or D3 is required to follow this book.


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