- Paperback: 70 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (13 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449328792
- ISBN-13: 978-1449328795
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.4 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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About the Author
Mike Dewar is a data-scientist at Bitly, a New York tech company that makes long URLs shorter. He has a PhD in modelling dynamic systems from data from the University of Sheffield in the UK, and has worked as a Machine Learning post-doc in The University of Edinburgh and Columbia University. He has been drawing graphs regularly since he was in High School, and is starting to get the hang of it.
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Attempting to cover the four underlying technologies, as well as D3, is clearly an impossible task in only 57 pages, so Dewar deserves credit for keeping things relatively simple; he develops a handful of graphs that exemplify some useful D3 methods and highlights a core D3 idiom (selectAll, data, enter) in the process. In each case, I liked the reminder that effective visualization is as much about good design as well written code; it was also nice that the examples were based on 'real' data.
In many respects, this book marks D3's transition from academia to the mainstream; at the very least, it should give the reader some confidence that D3 isn't going to go the way of Protovis, its predecessor. In summary, "Getting Started with D3" is worth reading, but not in isolation. And do check the errata!
(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book through O'Reilly's Blogger Review Program.)
On the other hand, I know more about the New York transit authority and their datasets than anyone living on the other side of the Atlantic has any need for.
The one thing of value that this book has taught me is in future make more of an effort to read the comments/description of a "book" before hitting the purchase button.
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