D3.js Quick Start Guide: Create amazing, interactive visualizations in the browser with JavaScript

Matthew Huntington



This book will help you build interactive graphs that are viewable in any web browser using JavaScript, D3.js, and SVG. You will learn how to make a scatter plot, a bar graph, a pie chart, a force directed graph, and a map.

Key Features

  • Takes you through the most common graphs you'll need
  • Add interactivity to your visualizations
  • Easy to follow builds

Book Description

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.

What you will learn

  • 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

Who this book is for

This book is for web developers, interactive news developers, data scientists, and anyone interested in representing data through interactive visualizations on the Web with D3. Some basic knowledge of JavaScript is expected, but no prior experience with data visualization or D3 is required to follow this book.

Table of Contents

  1. Getting Started with D3.js
  2. Using SVG to Create Images Using Code
  3. Building an Interactive Scatter Plot
  4. Making a Basic Scatter Plot Interactive
  5. Creating a Bar Graph Using a Data File
  6. Animating SVG Elements to Create an Interactive Pie Chart
  7. Using Physics to Create a Force-Directed Graph
  8. Mapping