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A Map to Perfection: Using D3.js to Make Beautiful Web Maps

via Building Great Web Maps: A D3.js Tutorial | Toptal.

Data Driven Documents, or D3.js, is “a JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data”. Or to put it more simply, D3.js is a data visualization library. It was developed by Mike Bostock with the idea of bridging the gap between static display of data, and interactive and animated data visualizations.

D3 is a powerful library with a ton of uses. In this tutorial, I’ll discuss one particularly compelling application of D3: map making. We’ll go through the common challenges of building a useful and informative web map, and show how in each case, D3.js gives capable JavaScript developers everything they need to make maps look and feel beautiful.