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Eric Mesa
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Review: Data Visualization with Python and JavaScript: Scrape, Clean, Explore & Transform Your Data

Data Visualization with Python and JavaScript: Scrape, Clean, Explore & Transform Your Data by Kyran Dale

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While a book about web technologies is undoubtablely going to get out of date (especially when Javascript is involved), I would definitely recommend this book if you want to do some data visualization either as part of your job or for an undergrad, grad, or PhD project. While I would probably use FastAPI rather than Flask, I heard recently that the Javascript library the author uses, D3, is still one of the best in class libraries for this kind of work.

The author guides you through the process by building a website to visualize Nobel Prize winners. The early steps where the author teaches you how to obtain and how to clean data are very important and, to some extent, will never go out of style. The same can be said of the author’s section explaining how to select the best visualizations.

It’s very well written and I highly recommend.

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