[IPython-dev] D3js and IPython

lecast martin.zmk at gmail.com
Tue Jan 8 11:26:16 EST 2013

This is a new thread but it is born out and related to a  previous discussion
. The goal there was to live update figures created with d3js in IPython
Notebook. It was suggested that a solution would be to use widgets, which I
have to admit I did not have time to understand so instead I decided to
create something that produces the end product I was aiming at, i.e. take
output from Python, use d3js to create a table/figure, use some blackbox,
have the output visible in the notebook (or be able to save it elsewhere as

You can find an example notebook with a lot of custom tables and some
figures  here <http://nbviewer.ipython.org/4484816/ipyD3sample.ipynb>  .
They are all created based on data from Python, rendered in PhantomJs (in
that case I just copy the html, but PhantomJs allows for conversion to other
formats), and then published in the notebook.

I created it for myself, so there is hardly any commenting in the file (I
know, bad), but I have been using it for a few months now and it works
really well. D3js has some great modern visualizations coded in and it takes
only a few days to learn the syntax by doing.

Personally I think it would be really nice to make it into an
extension/package, but I lack experience/time to do that.

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