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D3.js Quick Start Guide

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  • Build a scatter plot
  • Build a bar graph
  • Build a pie chart
  • Build a force-directed graph
  • Build a map
  • Build interactivity into your graphs

D3.js is a JavaScript library that allows you to create graphs and data visualizations in the browser with HTML, SVG, and CSS. This book will take you from the basics of D3.js, so that you can create your own interactive visualizations, to creating the most common graphs that you will encounter as a developer, scientist, statistician, or data scientist.

The book begins with an overview of SVG, the basis for creating two-dimensional graphics in the browser. Once the reader has a firm understanding of SVG, we will tackle the basics of how to use D3.js to connect data to our SVG elements. We will start with a scatter plot that maps run data to circles on a graph, and expand our scatter plot to make it interactive. You will see how you can easily allow the users of your graph to create, edit, and delete run data by simply dragging and clicking the graph. Next, we will explore creating a bar graph, using external data from a mock API.

After that, we will explore animations and motion with a bar graph, and use various physics-based forces to create a force-directed graph. Finally, we will look at how to use GeoJSON data to create a map.

  • Takes you through the most common graphs you'll need
  • Add interactivity to your visualizations
  • Easy to follow builds
Page Count 180
Course Length 5 hours 24 minutes
Date Of Publication 26 Sep 2018
Defining GeoJSON
Setting up the HTML
Using a projection
Generating a path using a projection and GeoJSON data


Matthew Huntington

Matt Huntington has worked as a developer for about 15 years now, and has a full understanding of all aspects of development (server side, client side, and mobile). He graduated magna cum laude from Vassar College with a degree in computer science in which he received departmental honors. He's worked for many clients in New York, including Nike, IBM, Pfizer, MTV, Chanel, Verizon, Goldman Sachs, Nestle, AARP, and BAM. He's worked with companies in pretty much all of the major industries applicable to development, and he has a deep understanding of the differences in the ways those industries work.

As an instructor, Matt has been teaching full-time since 2015 at General Assembly and has lead workshops at many locations, including prestigious universities such as Columbia University and NYU.