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Visualizing Graph Data by Corey L. Lanum

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Appendix. A tutorial on D3.js

This appendix covers

  • A brief tutorial on D3.js, one of the popular open source JavaScript libraries for data visualization
  • The graph visualization capability of the library
  • Creating a simple graph visualization application using D3.js

D3 stands for Data-Driven Documents and is an extremely popular way to visualize data in a browser. It was designed by Mike Bostock in 2011 in an effort to separate the data layer of visualization from the visualization itself. This enables a programmer to allow for multiple visualizations of the same data on the same HTML page and facilitate interaction between them. This is not to say that D3 eliminates the need for a database—it’s only intended to hold the data that you want ...

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