Most charts are monoliths; the more features they provide, the more expansive and complex their APIs become. D3 has for a long time provided a different perspective. Rather than a complex charting-specific API, it is a low-level toolkit, ideal for creating data-driven visualisations. However, that low-level nature can mean that simple chart construction becomes a complex task.
There are a number of charting libraries built around D3, but by wrapping D3 they lose its awesome power and start travelling down the ‘monolith’ route once again.There must be a better way!
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From monoliths to components with D3
Colin's business card says 'Technology Director' and he works at a UK-based software consultancy, however, he thinks of himself as a technology enthusiast. Colin has been working in software for many years, and has never stopped exploring, learning and creating. He writes a lot, speak a lot and code a lot. He likes telling stories, he likes his presentations to have a narrative. He likes people to feel educated, but more than anything else, he wants them to just enjoy it and have fun.