Social Data Visualization with HTML5 and JavaScript
By Simon Timms
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: September 2013
Pages: 104

In Detail

The increasing adoption of HTML5 opens up a new world of JavaScript-powered visualizations. By harnessing the power of scalable vector graphics (SVGs), you can present even complex data to your users in an easy-to-understand format and improve the user experience by freeing users from the burden of tabular data.

Social Data Visualization with HTML5 and JavaScript teaches you how to leverage HTML5 techniques through JavaScript to build visualizations. It also helps to clear up how the often complicated OAuth protocol works to help you unlock a universe of social media data from sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

Social Data Visualization with HTML5 and JavaScript provides you with an introduction to creating an accessible view into the massive amounts of data available in social networks. Developers with some JavaScript experience and a desire to move past creating boring charts and tables will find this book a perfect fit. You will learn how to make use of powerful JavaScript libraries to become not just a programmer, but a data artist.

By using OAuth, which is helpfully demystified in one of the book's chapters, you will be able to unlock the universe of social media data. Through visualizations, you will also tease out trends and relationships which would normally be lost in the noise.


This book is a fast-paced guide full of step-by-step instructions that teach you how to visualize social data using HTML5 and JavaScript.

Who this book is for

This book is for developers who are excited about data and who want to share that excitement with others. Developers who are interested in the data which can be extracted from social networks will also find this book hugely beneficial.

Readers should have a working knowledge of both JavaScript and HTML.

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It is a book for beginner to get started

By Makzan

from Macao SAR

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  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • This Book Compares Bitmap


  • Too basic

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  • Novice
  • Student

Comments about oreilly Social Data Visualization with HTML5 and JavaScript:

In summary, it is a book for beginner to start connecting social networks and their APIs with JavaScript. And some examples to draw graphs with different web drawing libraries.

# Pros

This book compares bitmap and vector drawing approach by showing both canvas-based drawing and Raphaël drawing code examples.

Most of the code examples in latter part of book uses d3.js for social network data visualisation.

This book has detail code example of using OAuth with Facebook and Twitter.

It may serve as a quick guide on how to access different social network API, including Facebook, twitter, Google+ and StackOverflow.

Very good for beginner to kick start both visualisation and social network API connection.

# Cons

Doesn't provide much in depth code example on each topic. For example, this book doesn't discuss how to make use of Facebook graph API to get complex objects relationship.

Not a book for whom to have detail usage example on particular drawing libraries.

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