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D3.js vs jQuery: What are the differences?

Developers describe D3.js as "A JavaScript visualization library for HTML and SVG". 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. On the other hand, jQuery is detailed as "The Write Less, Do More, JavaScript Library". jQuery is a cross-platform JavaScript library designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML.

D3.js and jQuery are primarily classified as "Charting Libraries" and "Javascript UI Libraries" tools respectively.

"Beautiful visualizations", "Data-driven" and "Svg" are the key factors why developers consider D3.js; whereas "Cross-browser", "Dom manipulation" and "Power" are the primary reasons why jQuery is favored.

D3.js and jQuery are both open source tools. D3.js with 85.8K GitHub stars and 21K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than jQuery with 51.9K GitHub stars and 18.3K GitHub forks.

Uber Technologies, Twitter, and reddit are some of the popular companies that use jQuery, whereas D3.js is used by Coursera, Square, and Zalando. jQuery has a broader approval, being mentioned in 4051 company stacks & 2607 developers stacks; compared to D3.js, which is listed in 531 company stacks and 91 developer stacks.

Decisions about D3.js and jQuery
Peter Schmalfeldt
Senior Software Engineer · | 9 upvotes · 43.2K views

I have made an extended effort to drop frameworks completely if they are not actually needed. While I still use JS Frameworks like Vue, Angular and React ( if I have too ), I see far too often devs / teams deciding to build a single page site entirely in a framework, rather than just using HTML, CSS and a little JS.

I personally feel it's important to know when a framework is a good solution, and maybe when it's overkill.

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Malek Boubakri
Web developer at Quicktext · | 0 upvote · 127.5K views

The project is a web gadget previously made using vanilla script and JQuery, It is a part of the "Quicktext" platform and offers an in-app live & customizable messaging widget. We made that remake with React eco-system and Typescript and we're so far happy with results. We gained tons of TS features, React scaling & re-usabilities capabilities and much more!

What do you think?

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kazi shahin
CTO at Blubird Interactive Ltd. · | 3 upvotes · 71.6K views

I've an eCommerce platform building using Laravel, MySQL and jQuery. It's working good and if anyone become interested, I just deploy the entire source cod e in environment / Hosting. This is not a good model of course. Because everyone ask for small or large amount of change and I had to do this. Imagine when there will be 100 separate deploy and I had to manage 100 separate source. So How do I make my system architecture so that I'll have a core / base source code. To make any any change / update on specific deployment, it will be theme / plugin / extension based . Also if I introduce an API layer then I could handle the Web, Mobile App and POS as well ? Is the API should be part of source code or a individual single API and all the deployment will use that API ?

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Manatsawin Hanmongkolchai
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When I started TipMe, I thought about using React frontend. At the end, plain, simple jQuery won.

I had to build this iteration of the site fast and by using jQuery I could keep using Django as a full stack development tool. One important point is Django form (combined with Django Bootstrap3) means that I don't have to reinvent form rendering again, which will be the case with React.

Over time, more interactivity seeped into the site and React components start making its way into the codebase.

I now wish the site is built using React so that I could add more user friendly interfaces easier (no more fuddling with server states) but I would still say jQuery helped me get past those early days.

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Pros of D3.js
Pros of jQuery
  • 189
    Beautiful visualizations
  • 99
    Svg
  • 91
    Data-driven
  • 80
    Large set of examples
  • 60
    Data-driven documents
  • 23
    Visualization components
  • 20
    Transitions
  • 18
    Dynamic properties
  • 16
    Plugins
  • 11
    Transformation
  • 7
    Makes data interactive
  • 4
    Components
  • 4
    Enter and Exit
  • 3
    Exhaustive
  • 3
    Backed by the new york times
  • 3
    Open Source
  • 2
    Easy and beautiful
  • 1
    Angular 4
  • 1
    Awesome Community Support
  • 1
    Simple elegance
  • 1
    123
  • 1
    Templates, force template
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    Cross-browser
  • 957
    Dom manipulation
  • 807
    Power
  • 660
    Open source
  • 610
    Plugins
  • 458
    Easy
  • 395
    Popular
  • 350
    Feature-rich
  • 281
    Html5
  • 227
    Light weight
  • 92
    Simple
  • 84
    Great community
  • 79
    CSS3 Compliant
  • 69
    Mobile friendly
  • 67
    Fast
  • 43
    Intuitive
  • 42
    Swiss Army knife for webdev
  • 35
    Huge Community
  • 11
    Easy to learn
  • 4
    Clean code
  • 3
    Because of Ajax request :)
  • 2
    Just awesome
  • 2
    Used everywhere
  • 2
    Powerful
  • 2
    Nice
  • 1
    Widely Used
  • 1
    Improves productivity
  • 1
    Open Source, Simple, Easy Setup
  • 1
    It Just Works
  • 1
    Industry acceptance
  • 1
    Allows great manipulation of HTML and CSS
  • 1
    Javascript
  • 1
    Easy Setup

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Cons of D3.js
Cons of jQuery
  • 10
    Beginners cant understand at all
  • 5
    Complex syntax
  • 1
    123
  • 6
    Large size
  • 5
    Sometimes inconsistent API
  • 5
    Encourages DOM as primary data source
  • 2
    Live events is overly complex feature

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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 jQuery?

jQuery is a cross-platform JavaScript library designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML.

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What are some alternatives to D3.js and jQuery?
three.js
It is a cross-browser JavaScript library and Application Programming Interface used to create and display animated 3D computer graphics in a web browser.
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.
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.
Python
Python is a general purpose programming language created by Guido Van Rossum. Python is most praised for its elegant syntax and readable code, if you are just beginning your programming career python suits you best.
Tableau
Tableau can help anyone see and understand their data. Connect to almost any database, drag and drop to create visualizations, and share with a click.
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