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What is D3.js? 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.

What is Matplotlib? A plotting library for the Python programming language. It is a Python 2D plotting library which produces publication quality figures in a variety of hardcopy formats and interactive environments across platforms. It can be used in Python scripts, the Python and IPython shells, the Jupyter notebook, web application servers, and four graphical user interface toolkits.

D3.js and Matplotlib can be primarily classified as "Charting Libraries" tools.

D3.js is an open source tool with 86.4K GitHub stars and 21.1K GitHub forks. Here's a link to D3.js's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, D3.js has a broader approval, being mentioned in 659 company stacks & 666 developers stacks; compared to Matplotlib, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 19 developer stacks.

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Pros of D3.js
Pros of Matplotlib
  • 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
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    Templates, force template
  • 9
    The standard Swiss Army Knife of plotting

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Cons of D3.js
Cons of Matplotlib
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    Beginners cant understand at all
  • 5
    Complex syntax
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    Lots of code

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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 Matplotlib?

It is a Python 2D plotting library which produces publication quality figures in a variety of hardcopy formats and interactive environments across platforms. It can be used in Python scripts, the Python and IPython shells, the Jupyter notebook, web application servers, and four graphical user interface toolkits.

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What are some alternatives to D3.js and Matplotlib?
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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