11 :: The Power of Projections

It was through Dan Chudnov that I first became aware of this post entitled D3 and the Power of Projection published in March of this year. I read it then and bookmarked for a later deeper read.

And now that I’ve done a smidge of reading on projections, I thought I would read it again. It’s amazing what even the smallest amount of context can bring to an understanding of text.

D3.js:  Data Driven Documents

D3 is a javascript library that not only does choropleths, proportional symbols, etc. in the browser (no IE 6-8; we can’t wait up forever), but a stunning array of other types of visualizations.  Which is essential because even we mappers realize that sometimes the best map isn’t a map. A Swiss-army knife of data-display possibility to complement our everyday cudgeling of points, lines, and polygons.

May I Interest You In Some Peirce Quincuncial?

 

BREAKING:  Projections are back in the browser.

Ok! So an understanding of d3.js library sounds like a must on my learning list. Um, but wait… here’s some advice from Tom McWright (hey! I recognize him! he’s a developer at MapBox!) about d3.js

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Aw, crap.

Brian Timothy agrees:

D3 has moving parts and a conceptual framework that needs grokking before the cool stuff happens.  Your go-to technique of “COPY-PASTE, TWEAK-’N-HOPE” isn’t the play here.

BUT THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY JAVASCRIPT STRATEGY FOR ALL THIS TIME

*sigh*

Time to add, Learning Eloquent JavaScript to the list…

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