How to Visualize Data with JavaScript [Video]

By Elisabeth Robson
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About this video

Data visualizations are representations of data in pictorial or graphical format. Sometimes we draw a simple line graph, like the graph of global surface temperature; sometimes, we use maps, like the high-temperature map for the United States for June 15, 2018. Other types of visualization include bar graphs, scatter plots, pie charts, bubble charts, heatmaps, treemaps, cloropleth maps, sankey diagrams, and more. Even art can visualize data.

In this course, we’ll learn how to incorporate data visualization into your web skills using simple JavaScript along with HTML and CSS. We will take you through building an interactive visualization using data downloaded from NOAA, reading data into a webpage, adding the data to an HTML table with JavaScript code, adding color to the visualization with JavaScript and CSS, and using a little jQuery to make selecting and updating elements in the page easy.

To successfully complete this project, we recommend that you have some background in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. You don’t need to be an expert by any means, but you should have experience building web pages with HTML and CSS and you should have basic programming skills in JavaScript.

By the end of this course, you will be able to visualize your data with JavaScript.

All the resources and supportive files for this course are available at

Publication date:
May 2021
1 hour 1 minute

About the Author
  • Elisabeth Robson

    Elisabeth Robson is a co-founder and principal at WickedlySmart, an author and software developer, and teaches online courses for O’Reilly Media and LinkedIn Learning. She’s the co-author of four best-selling titles—Head First JavaScript Programming, Head First Design Patterns, Head First HTML & CSS, and Head First HTML5 Programming—and was previously the director of special projects and co-director of the Head First series at O’Reilly Media. Prior to her work at O’Reilly Media, Elisabeth was the director of engineering at The Walt Disney Company. Elisabeth holds a master’s degree in computer science from Yale University.

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