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With backbone-d3 we aim to provide a simple interface to visualise with d3 dynamic data held in backbone collections. The simple visualisations provided (pie, bar, line, scatter) are as much for demonstration or testing as for wider use. We've tried to connect two great packages without putting too much between them.

Hopefully this means you can quickly create some basic plots of your data or get into more sophisticated visualisations without having to fight with asynchronous JavaScript or a lot of wrapper code.

Examples from the repo are also hosted on so you can see the library in action.


Any backbone collection of any backbone model can be used by the plotting view. The collection containing them can have a caption variable set which will be rendered (using Markdown if pagedown is available) under the plot. This is all the backbone.d3.PlotCollection does.

Some simple collections are provided for use with the canned views. If your data maps onto these models/collections well you can just reuse them. If you already have model/collections in use you should be able to reuse them trivially.


PlotView is where the magic happens. It deals with the captioning of plots and makes sure the appropriate actions are taken when data in the collection changes. The PlotView defines how the data is extracted from the collection (through the plotdata() method) and how it is rendered to the browser via the plot() method.

The PlotView is responsible for both formatting and rendering the plot to allow one collection to be visualised in multiple ways. The view can also hold a caption for the visualisation, overriding the one set on the data collection.


As your collection changes so should your visualisation. The change/add/remove triggers are bound to the redraw method of the plot view (reset redraws the visualisation from scratch. This triggers a d3 transformation, updating the plot in place with your new data. Tasty!

The canned plot views

Each type of visualisation (should be careful about referring to them as plots...) is a Backbone view. There are canned views for some common visualisations, or ones we've needed ourselves, that are available in individual files (to minimise what gets loaded) under the Backbone.d3.Canned namespace.

If you want to create more interesting visualisations you'll be subclassing the PlotView baseclass (please send pull requests if you make something nice!).

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