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Getting Started with D3.js

Learn how to build a custom visualization using D3.js and get acquainted with the popular JavaScript library.

D3.js is one of the most popular JavaScript libraries for creating web-based data visualisations. It has a unique and powerful way of working but a steep learning curve. Most charting libraries provide a selection of ready made charts such as bar, line and pie charts while D3 offers building blocks from which you construct a bespoke chart.

This tutorial will get you started with D3 and shows you how a custom chart can be made. Along the way you’ll learn some of the key features of D3 such as loading CSV data into the browser, adding SVG elements, data-driven styling and user interaction.

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About the Author

Peter Cook is a freelance data designer and developer. He's also the author of D3 in Depth. You can find him on Twitter @peter_r_cook and his personal site.