11 Server-side visualization

This chapter covers

  • Rendering charts and visualizations with Node.js
  • Building reusable functions for rendering charts that we can use when doing exploratory data analysis
  • Using a headless browser to capture web pages to PNG image files and PDF documents
  • Taking web scraping to the next level with a headless browser

When we’re doing exploratory coding (chapter 5) or data analysis (chapter 9), we want to render charts and visualizations to explore and understand our data. In chapter 10, we learned how to create web-based interactive visualizations for the browser. That’s a normal and common way to create visualizations in JavaScript. Browser-based visualization techniques are well known and well understood, and ...

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