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Graticule Plugin for Planetary.js
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After a couple of attempts at drawing a map using plain D3 and only rather limited success, I stumbled upon Planetary.js and decided to give it a go. The rotating globe with pings was pretty much where I wanted to go so I shamelessly borrowed the code and started modifying it as needed.

One thing that I was missing on the original example was graticules in order to give the sphere a more map-like look. As it turned out writing a plugin for Planetary.js is very straightforward: The plugin consists of a single function named drawGraticule, which defines what the plugin does (updating the graticules onDraw in this case):

function drawGraticule(color, width) {
    return function(planet) {
        planet.onDraw(function() {
            planet.withSavedContext(function(context) {
                var graticule = d3.geo.graticule();
                context.strokeStyle = color;
                context.lineWidth = width;

To then use the plugin we load it using the loadPlugin() function, passing both the desired stroke color and stroke width as parameters:

var globe = planetaryjs.planet();
globe.loadPlugin(drawGraticule("#000000", 1));

Whether or not the graticules overlay the rest of the map (e.g. the countries) can be controlled by initialising this plugin before or after the built-in plugins. Enjoy.

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