Tributary is an experimental environment for rapidly prototyping visualization code. The environment provides several useful libraries, as well as a simple interface for live code editing. We call these shareable code examples inlets.
Try a basic example
Or start with a clean slate
Share what you make and allow others to play with and modify your creations. Each one gets it's own URL you can send to anyone. Sign in to or create a GitHub account and save your inlets as gists.
@enjalot has released two video tutorial mixtapes explaining the basics of D3 through Tributary; dot enter & dot append.
Who is involved?
Tributary is @enjalot's digital laboratory.
Much of the design is @mrejfox's vision.
Contributors include bollig,ejfox and roundrobin.
Power users that shape the projects direction include @syntagmatic, @bausofthenauf,
@ptvan, @poezn and @zeffii
Where did it come from?
Tributary is possible because of a lot of other people's hard work. We started
with Gabriel Florit's implementation of concepts introduced in Bret Victor's Inventing
on Principle talk. Mike Bostock makes much of Tributary possible with his excellent
d3.js library. The use of gists to drive the code comes from his bl.ocks.org project.
What we dream it will do
We hope to make programming feel more like playing, so that anyone can
explore visual spaces with code. Graphical web APIs are getting more
powerful and more numerous, and the tools to manipulate them are as well.
By creating an environment that gives you what you want to start with, we
hope that learning these new tools and capabilities will go faster. We
also enjoy sharing our knowledge and techniques, so we have created a
system that makes it easy and effortless to save ideas and exchange them
. We hope that people will continue to "fork" good ideas and take them in
their own directions.