Graphics and Visualization on the Web
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2013
Pages: 122

Create beautiful, interactive images on the Web with RaphaëlJS, the JavaScript library that lets you draw Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) right in the browser. With this concise guide, you’ll quickly learn how to paint the screen with shapes and colors that you can turn into lively, animated graphics and visualizations.

Author Chris Wilson (Time.com) shows you how to create Raphaël objects and manipulate them with animation, transformations, and other techniques, using just a few lines of code. Packed with working examples, sample code, and cool hands-on projects, RaphaëlJS is ideal for new and experienced JavaScript programmers alike.

  • Create images that work on browsers new and old, as well as mobile devices
  • Start with the basics—shapes, colors, transformations, sets, and text
  • Learn how to build custom curves and shapes with paths
  • Code animations that move through space, follow paths, or change direction
  • Make your artwork come alive through user interaction
  • Bind a dataset to a collection of visual objects—the basis of data visualization
  • Learn techniques to make your detailed visuals stand out on screens of any size
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Great Overview with helpful examples

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  • Easy to understand
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    Comments about oreilly RaphaelJS:

    I purchased this book as a reference for when I'm unplugged from the internet. At 122 pages the book is fairly short, but Chris provides a great overview of the drawing and animations apis. I found his examples were short and simple which is great. The examples also covered a range of concepts from drawing curves to animating alongs paths. Before purchasing this book I had some notions about how I needed to structure my next SVG project and his writing helped me organize those thoughts. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in SVG.

    P.S. I've also been exploring Snapsvg which is another SVG library written by RaphaelJS creator Dmitry Baranovsky. Snapsvg provides a similar api as RaphaelJS and this book's material/content can be used for both libraries.

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