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Learning Raphaël JS Vector Graphics Paperback – May 17, 2013
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Damian Dawber is a web developer working on medium- to large-scale e-commerce websites and bespoke web and mobile applications. He works with both frontend and server-side technologies having had exposure to a wide range of projects working on behalf of small and medium enterprises through to FTSE 100 companies.
He started his career after being exposed to programming as it used to solve problems in physics and decided he wanted to write code on a daily basis thereafter.
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Top Customer Reviews
I wish it had a few more full fledged examples. The long examples that are included are well written and interesting.
I hope that the the authors follow this up with a text on snap.io the replacement for Raphael.
Into the core of the book it goes over almost all library functionalities, from the basics like the canvas, basic shapes, text and images, to paths, transformations and animations. In general, it gives basic examples of the functionalities, not going into too much depth. One of the things that stands out are the examples of custom attributes, in my opinion, a really nice functionality that is not very used. All examples are uploaded in the book samples page.
Then it has a specific chapter for working with existing SVGs, a chapter worth reading if you are going to work with SVG not generated by Raphael.
Finally the author creates a suite of social media visualisations using all the things explained in the previous chapters using jQuery for DOM interaction. He mixes paths, custom attributes, animations, and DOM interaction for building widgets with social media data. Complex enough for all the concepts explained before. And then to finish, explains where Raphael is going and mention some supplementary material.
In summary, great book to get to know Raphael and become an experienced user, but not enough to build a complex app with it. I would have liked a more "app example" than a widget example.
Do you want to start using Raphael? This is definitely a good start.