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The Data Visualization Beginner’s Toolkit #2: Visualization Tools

The Data Visualization Beginner’s Toolkit #2: Visualization Tools
(Note: if you are new to this series, the DVBTK doesn’t teach you how to do visualization. Rather it is meant to help people find a less chaotic and more effective path towards the acquisition of the necessary skills to become a data visualization pro. To know more, make sure to read the introduction to the series first.) The DVBTK #1 introduced books and study material to make sure you acquire the right knowledge in the right order. That said, it is extremely important to realize that good visualization cannot happen without practice. But if you want to do visualization you need some tools right? Here is the guidance. And there is more to come! I felt you needed to know more about each tool, so I decided to interview (at least) one data visualization professional with proven and long-lasting experience with it. Golden Rules of Visualization Tools First of all you need some fundamental rules. Rule #1: No tool will turn you into a pro. Rule #2: First learn one single tool very well. Excel

Tal Raviv — Being a Developer Makes You Valuable. Learning How to Market Makes You Dangerous Being a Developer Makes You Valuable. Learning How to Market Makes You Dangerous I love engineering, and not just because I’m a nerd. The best part of engineering isn’t the technical details or the particular science behind it, rather, it’s the opportunity to solve an unfairly hard problem in a way no one has before. In business and marketing there’s a word for that kind of person – hustler – or, in the software startup space, growth hacker. As much as engineers like to joke about our counterparts in sales and marketing, the most successful sales and marketers think like engineers. I got an email from a student who reached out via our “breaking every rule” page. He described his previous entrepreneurial experience: I started a small startup which unfortunately has refused to take off am guessing the idea wasn’t all that awesome or it will pick up after a year, whatever. I checked out Wasswa’s site. After exchanging some links for getting started, Wasswa sent me this: Becoming Dangerous

17 Free Awesome Data Visualization Tools: Free Software 1. StatPlanet StatPlanet is an easy-to-use, interactive data visualization and mapping software. StatPlanet can be used to create maps, dashboards, charts, and graphs to bring your data to life. In addition to being browser-based, StatPlanet also offers the following downloads for use offline: StatPlanet Map Maker to create fully customizable interactive maps and graphs with the ability to publish them online, StatPlanet World Database to visually explore over 250 development indicators to aid in the understanding of the world, and the Graph Maker to create interactive graphs and charts. 2. Tableau Public is the free version of Tableau, a commercial data visualization software that enables you to create interactive charts, graphs, maps, and dashboards. 3. Diagramly is an online drawing application that can be used to visualize relationships, organization charts, networks, database schema, and other information. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. flare 15. 16. 17. timetoast

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10 Tools for Creating Infographics and Visualizations The author's posts are entirely his or her own (excluding the unlikely event of hypnosis) and may not always reflect the views of Moz. Hello there! I'm Miranda Rensch, Product Manager at SEOmoz and lover of visual communication. Communicating visually is one of the most effective ways to explain complex concepts and relationships, and can be a great way to explain your services/products and create valuable site content. I often use diagrams and whiteboarding in order to communicate new features and concepts internally with my team. I've compiled a list of tools you can use to create visualizations, or simply use to communicate visually with your teammates. Tools for creating simple infographics and data visualizations 1. Piktochart is a web-based tool that has six decent free themes (and a whole bunch more for the paid version) for creating simple visualizations. 2. is another free web-based tool for creating infographics. 3. 4. 5. [Bonus!] Tools for diagraming and wireframing

Teaching my 5 year old daughter to code… | In The Attic So I decided to try and teach my 5 year old daughter some basic logical thinking and development principals. My little girl's shown a keen interest in what I do for a job amongst other things recently. She's a great reader and writer for her age and so I started looking around for a simple scripting language or similar that I could teacher her. Now the thing to remember about kids is this, no matter how smart they are they all have the attention span of a gnat! I spent the next 45 minutes talking to her about how to make the robot move, at first she thought it was a game and that she had to click on stuff but she quickly got the hang of it. Here she is trying to figure out how many squares to make the on-screen robot move. This is the program before script execution. This is the program after execution. In total I spent a good hour going through stuff with her, helping her out and debugging the code with her to produce this.

Infographics & Data Visualization | Set up Jenkins-CI on Ubuntu for painless Rails3 app CI testing - Nepal on Rails The 20 best tools for data visualization | Design tools It's often said that data is the new world currency, and the web is the exchange bureau through which it's traded. As consumers, we're positively swimming in data; it's everywhere from labels on food packaging design to World Health Organisation reports. As a result, for the designer it's becoming increasingly difficult to present data in a way that stands out from the mass of competing data streams. Get Adobe Creative Cloud One of the best ways to get your message across is to use a visualization to quickly draw attention to the key messages, and by presenting data visually it's also possible to uncover surprising patterns and observations that wouldn't be apparent from looking at stats alone. And nowadays, there's plenty of free graphic design software to help you do just that. As author, data journalist and information designer David McCandless said in his TED talk: "By visualizing information, we turn it into a landscape that you can explore with your eyes, a sort of information map.

Designing Better JavaScript APIs Advertisement At some point or another, you will find yourself writing JavaScript code that exceeds the couple of lines from a jQuery plugin. Your code will do a whole lot of things; it will (ideally) be used by many people who will approach your code differently. They have different needs, knowledge and expectations. This article covers the most important things that you will need to consider before and while writing your own utilities and libraries. Peter Drucker once said: “The computer is a moron.” Table of Contents Fluent Interface The Fluent Interface1 is often referred to as Method Chaining (although that’s only half the truth). Aside from major simplifications, jQuery offered to even out severe browser differences. Method Chaining The general idea of Method Chaining6 is to achieve code that is as fluently readable as possible and thus quicker to understand. Note how we didn’t have to assign the element’s reference to a variable and repeat that over and over again. Going Fluent

Big Data: 6 Ways To Find What Matters Big data is poised for a big backlash from business leaders if we can't deliver what matters clearly, in real time. One answer: visualization technology. This time, Susan Zweibaum was ready. Zweibaum, director of online content for Acme United, a manufacturer of cutting, measuring and safety products, was on deck for her quarterly meeting with the CEO and chairman. On the agenda: the rate of online growth, a huge topic that often got mired in some obscure detail of the data. Acme makes a range of products, including Westcott scissors, Camillus knives and Physicians Care first aid kits, that are sold at thousands of retailers and online sites, from specialty shops to Wal-Mart and Amazon. To highlight what's important, Zweibaum created a global index of retail sales that can be compared to sales at its big retail partners and to Acme's product sales. For the CEO, it shows exactly what's working and changes the tenor of the conversation from "Are we doing anything right?" More Insights