One of the more recent additions to Business Intelligence (BI) dashboard visualizations has been the ability to customize and extend their capabilities by leveraging Data Driven Documents (D3). D3 visualizations are comprised of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and have gained wide spread adoption due to their ability to be custom tailored to each individual dataset.

The uphill battle that I’ll face in this post however will not be a confirmation of the flexibility of D3 but rather the possibility of losing half of my audience after using words like “customize” or “JavaScript”. The reason being that these words convey a notion of a more involved technical endeavor than we may want to or have the time to embark on. And while the veracity of those connotations may have carried weight in the past they no longer have to do so today. In the spirit of Mary Antoinette, may I suggest that you can “bake your cake and eat it too?”

In our latest episode of SDK TV, Patrick Caron a Software Developer at Data Meaning conducts a layman’s introduction to D3. He demonstrates how beginners can use D3 plugins in a BI Tool like MSTR 10 and also how more advanced developers can select and configure their own visualizations. No matter what your level of technical prowess, this episode will have something for you.

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