A big part of manipulating  and understanding data is creating visuals. For the past few years I’ve been using the standard libraries of python (matplotlib.pyplot), but yesterday I was recommended to usa a language that embeds data nicely into HTML scripts called D3.

This is a JavaScript library that eases presenting and manipulating data on documents and claims to be consistent across all browsers (*most*, except some old versions of Explorer). Here you can see a nice demo.

Scott Murray from USF has an excellent tutorial to get one started. It is detailed with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

This is just a short blurb to mention the existence of D3, for  those who not aware of it, not an expert’s reference.

Hopefully, with time, I’ll have more to show using D3.

July 24th 2014:

In the spirit of everything python, I came across a library that provides tools to make D3.js like plots, called Bokeh. See their gallery here for a few examples.


July 27th 2014:

I was just made aware of Mike Bostock’s public notebooks. Thanks John Whitmore!