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Elijah Meeks’ D3.js in Action (D3iA) reflects how amazingly feature-rich D3 is; in some senses, it’s like trying to take a drink from a fire hose. There’s a lot to D3.js and this book covers it! Not to worry, though; Elijah guides you through D3’s many features with extensive, well-documented examples.I have done some charting in my career but D3iA opened my eyes to the expansive world of data/information visualization. Yes, D3iA covers the basics (things I already knew about) like line, bar, stacked bar, pie charts and histograms and some variations of the basics (e.g., donut/ring charts and exploded pie charts). But I also learned about more advanced charting techniques like pack and tree (dendograms) layouts for representing hierarchical data, streamgraphs, Sankey diagrams, creating Word clouds, network diagrams (force-directed layouts, adjacency matrices and arc diagrams).As software engineers, D3iA guides us to the best methods we should employ to represent the types of data we’re working with (just because you can represent data in a certain way, doesn’t mean that you should do it that way).The book devotes an entire chapter to geospatial information visualization; not only can you implement your standard mapping; you can also plot information on those maps (à la push pins on the maps of yesteryear).D3iA also discusses using HTML5’s canvas in collaboration with SVG.Now that I have done the 30,000 foot “flyover”, I plan to go through the book a second time and dive more deeply into each of the examples. There’s a lot to digest!
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