Interactive Data Visualization: Getting Started with D3.js Key Concepts


D3.js has become the standard for creating custom interactive data visualizations for the web. This feature-rich open source javascript library allows you to create dynamic and extremely diverse experiences that can interact with users and any other element on a web page. For programmers familiar with Javascript, it is not hard to pick up and run with D3 very quickly. For those with limited javascript experience, it can be intimidating. This course will help anyone who has some javascript familiarity get comfortable creating rich, animated, interactive experiences with D3. If you have worked with jQuery, for instance, you can easily work with D3. Your instructor, Bill Shander, is a self-taught programmer with over 20 years doing data visualization. He remembers how confusing and intimidating it can be to learn a new technical skill. This course uses simple language, not technical lingo, and walks through everything step by step, explaining every minute detail. Even if you don't know any javascript, you should be able to follow along with the lessons, even if it might be a little confusing at times. All of the code used in the videos are available for download under "Class Project" to help you follow along. FYI, this course is using D3 version 4 - the current version of the library.

What am I going to get from this course?

Create an interactive and animated scatter plot using D3.js V4. These specific skills be be translatable to allow students to easily move on to other D3 chart types, because D3 is so modular and consistent in its processes and syntax to do similar tasks.

Prerequisites and Target Audience

What will students need to know or do before starting this course?

This course is ideal for people with at least some basic HTML, CSS, and Javascript capabilities. But you do not need to be an expert in an of these. In fact, even if you know very little, you will be able to follow along. This is ideally suited to beginner to intermediate programmers and is not intended for advanced users. However, an advanced programmer looking for a quick introduction to D3 will appreciate this course as well!

Who should take this course? Who should not?

If you are interested in creating custom interactive and animated visualizations for the web, D3 is the standard technology to use and this course is for you.
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