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    Visualising China-Africa trade


    Visualising China-Africa trade

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Over the past few months I’ve been trying to learn D3.js, the extremely powerful Javascript visualisation library. As a relative newcomer to Javascript (some background in PHP) D3.js has been a challenge. I first started trying to learn D3.js in April 2014 but gave up after some false starts and frustrations. Then earlier this year I tried again, after having spent some time working with Javascript.

    In late November and early December we had a project at work that probably could have been done with far less effort using something like Tableau Public or one of the other popular data visualisation tools but I decided to give it a go using pure D3. The result is not perfect but it did the basic job, I think. We originally published this on IOL.

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    Written by Alastair Otter

    Data visualisation & design, journalist, hacker.


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