Ian Johnson is the author of Tributary - an open source live-coding environment designed for prototyping data visualizations with D3. He also co-organizes the SF Bay Area d3 Meetup and makes educational D3 videos.
Bay Area D3 and Tributary
The append method will allows you to add D3 elements to DOM elements. The select method is similar to the jQuery "$". It allows you to target specific DOM elements in the browser. The selectAll method is useful for data binding. It allows you to target multiple DOM elements at once and provide them with data.