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Learn D3.js

By : Helder da Rocha
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Book Image

Learn D3.js

2 (1)
By: Helder da Rocha

Overview of this book

This book is a practical hands-on introduction to D3 (Data-driven Documents): the most popular open-source JavaScript library for creating interactive web-based data visualizations. Based entirely on open web standards, D3 provides an integrated collection of tools for efficiently binding data to graphical elements. If you have basic knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript you can use D3.js to create beautiful interactive web-based data visualizations. D3 is not a charting library. It doesn’t contain any pre-defined chart types, but can be used to create whatever visual representations of data you can imagine. The goal of this book is to introduce D3 and provide a learning path so that you obtain a solid understanding of its fundamental concepts, learn to use most of its modules and functions, and gain enough experience to create your own D3 visualizations. You will learn how to create bar, line, pie and scatter charts, trees, dendograms, treemaps, circle packs, chord/ribbon diagrams, sankey diagrams, animated network diagrams, and maps using different geographical projections. Fundamental concepts are explained in each chapter and then applied to a larger example in step-by-step tutorials, complete with full code, from hundreds of examples you can download and run. This book covers D3 version 5 and is based on ES2015 JavaScript.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Shapes and layouts

Shape generator functions return data strings for the <path> SVG element, which can be used to draw straight lines, Bezier curves, symbols, and arcs. Shapes are described in SVG by a path language expressed as a compact string containing letters and numbers. The letters represent commands, such as M: moveTo, L: lineTo, A: arc, and C: cubic Bezier curve. In complex shapes, a path data string can be very long.

Two examples of path data strings drawing arbitrary shapes are shown here (spaces are optional and are usually not present in generated code):

M50,20 L200,200 V140 h70 Z
M100,200 C100,100 250,100 250,200 S400,300 400,200

Path data strings are used in the d (data) attribute of <path> elements, as in the following SVG code:

<svg width="800" height="300">
<path d="M50,20L200,200V140h70Z"