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A static, reusable donut chart for D3.js v4.

I'm relatively new to d3.js and know it can be tough getting started as a lot of bl.ocks and tutorials don't have what I would consider adequate comments.

One of the first real-world problems I had to tackle with d3 was a donut chart (which would eventually need to be dynamic).
I flew around stackoverflow, google, bl.ocks, and everything inbetween trying to get my head around how to make one. I eventually got something up and running but the code was a bowl of spaghetti and I had no idea how it was actually working.

What I decided to do in the end was to start with a clean slate and build the pieces one-by-one. I have been helped immensely by juancb's bl.ock and the Pie Chart Update series by Mike Bostock.

Two of the main goals I wanted to achieve with making this were:

  1. Make the chart reusable. Which, in my opinion, is one of the most important concepts in d3.
  2. Make it using d3 v4, as most tutorials I come across are still in d3 v3.

Going through the process of making a chart reusable really helps in understanding how all the pieces fit together and boosts your understanding of how charts are constructed.

I worked through the tutorials mentioned above until I understood (pretty much) every line of code. I went to town on the comments because:

This donut chart has a tooltip that appears in the centre of the donut when the mouse enters a chart slice or hovers over a species name. By making the chart in this reusable fashion I think you should be able to easily tweak any settings to meet your needs. If you do need any help or advise with this those feel free to get in touch.

This is my first bl.ock so please let me know if there are any issues or things I can improve on.
I am also working on a dynamic, updating version of this so I will add and link that when it is done.

Next: Dynamic, reusable chart.

forked from geoffreyammons's block: A static, reusable donut chart for D3.js v4.