D3.js vs Highcharts vs Plotly.js

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D3.js

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D3.js vs Highcharts vs Plotly: What are the differences?

Amongst the various JavaScript charting libraries are D3.js, Highcharts, and Plotly. For visualizing data, Highcharts and D3 are used. Both these charts are popular JavaScript libraries for visualizations. Plotly offers charts and maps with data, white labeling, and analytic web apps development support, falcon SQL client support and a bunch of visualization libraries. Highcharts is free for non-commercial users and offers mobile and desktop compatibility. D3.js enjoys a high ranking amongst its users. This is because an active community offering a high level of interactivity and is backward compatible with all modern browsers. Plotly also offers creation of interactive graphs and is an open source JavaScript library for creating graphs and dashboards

Pros of D3.js
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    Beautiful visualizations
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    Svg
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    Data-driven
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    Large set of examples
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    Data-driven documents
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    Visualization components
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    Transitions
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    Dynamic properties
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    Plugins
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    Transformation
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    Makes data interactive
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    Enter and Exit
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    Backed by the new york times
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    Components
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    Exhaustive
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    Open Source
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    Easy and beautiful
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    Angular 4
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    Simple elegance
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    Templates, force template
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    Awesome Community Support
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    Low learning curve and powerful
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    Multiple chart types such as pie, bar, line and others
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    Responsive charts
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    Handles everything you throw at it
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    Extremely easy-to-parse documentation
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    Easy to customize color scheme and palettes
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    Built-in export chart as-is to image file
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    Bindings to popular languages like Python, Node, R, etc
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    Integrated zoom and filter-out tools in charts and maps
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    Great support for complex and multiple axes
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    Powerful out-of-the-box featureset
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    Beautiful visualizations
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    Active user base
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    Webgl chart types are extremely performant
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    Impressive support for webgl 3D charts
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    Charts are easy to share with a cloud account
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    Interactive charts
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    Publication quality image export
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    Easy to use online editor for creating plotly.js charts

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Cons of D3.js
Cons of Highcharts
Cons of Plotly.js
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    Beginners cant understand at all
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    Complex syntax
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      Terrible document

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    What is D3.js?

    It is a JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data. Emphasises on web standards gives you the full capabilities of modern browsers without tying yourself to a proprietary framework.

    What is Highcharts?

    Highcharts currently supports line, spline, area, areaspline, column, bar, pie, scatter, angular gauges, arearange, areasplinerange, columnrange, bubble, box plot, error bars, funnel, waterfall and polar chart types.

    What is Plotly.js?

    It is a standalone Javascript data visualization library, and it also powers the Python and R modules named plotly in those respective ecosystems (referred to as Plotly.py and Plotly.R). It can be used to produce dozens of chart types and visualizations, including statistical charts, 3D graphs, scientific charts, SVG and tile maps, financial charts and more.

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