Past Meetup

Apps + Exploration

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For this meetup we'll be focusing on more complex app structure and also the data exploration side of visualizations. We'll have a talk focusing on Crossfilter.js, and another on integrating D3 and Backbone.js. Beer and food will be provided by GeekdomSF. Talks will begin promptly at 7:00pm.

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6:30-7:00 Social and Food
7:00-8:00 Main Talks
8:00-8:30 Rapid Fire Show-and-Tell
8:30-9:00 Social


Shirley Wu: "Adventures with D3.js and Backbone.js"

D3.js makes it easy to render complex visualizations, and Backbone.js makes it easy to manage complex web applications. Together, they make it possible to build powerful tools in the browser. It is not, however, always straightforward how the two should be combined and used together. This talk will go through several approaches I have taken in marrying Backbone and D3, and will build upon the last Bay Area D3 Meetup talks on D3.js + MV* frameworks.

Shirley (@shirleyxywu) hails from the dark halls of business school, where she had planned out a life in finance, disillusioned as she was. Then she took a Computer Science class and watched a TED talk by Aaron Koblin ("Visualizing Ourselves...with crowd-source data" (, and found her life's calling. Two and a half years later, she happily codes apps for tech company Splunk, and messes around with visualizations and small data-sets at night.

Miles McCrocklin "Coordinated Visualizations - An introduction to crossfilter.js"

We will be creating interactive, tightly coupled visualizations. We will look at some great examples of coordinated visualizations and discuss where this motif is beneficial for designing your systems and potential pitfalls. We will then explore the crossfilter.js API and its limitations which will help us develop the skills necessary to create systems that allow users to visually* explore data.

*The dc.js charting library will be leveraged to focus the conversation to crossfilter.js' API and not on how to build the components of a coordinated visualization.

Miles (@milr0c) has a passion for data science and cares greatly about improving the comprehension of data and information through data representation and product design. He loves to learn and explore – especially through travel. He is currently working on design and engineering at Bluenose Analytics and is a co-organizer of @sfdatamining and Bay Area D3 User Group.

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