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Monday, December 7th, 2009

Underscore.js gets some updates with 0.5

Category: JavaScript, Library

We posted on the underscore.js initial announcement and we liked what we saw. Jeremy Ashkenas of underscore.js pinged us to let us know that it is chuggin’ along and the library is now up to 0.5 and has had changes such as: OOP-style wrapping: _([1, 2, 3, 4, 5]).each( … ); OOP wrapping allows you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:33 am

3.2 rating from 29 votes

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

ES5 is an ECMA standard

Category: JavaScript, Standards

ES5 is an ECMA standard. Let’s hear it for forward progress, even though we want so much more for the only viable language to program the Web client to date. Let’s have a big “Booo” to IBM for being so stuck up that they think their IEEE decimal position is so freaking important that warrants Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:58 am

3.9 rating from 41 votes

Friday, December 4th, 2009

jQuery Wins .net Magazine’s Open Source Application of the Year

Category: jQuery

Some very exciting news coming from the jQuery project yesterday. The jQuery JavaScript library won .net Magazine’s “Open source application of the Year for 2009”. This was a pretty amazing accomplishment when you consider that both WordPress & Firefox 3.5 were the runner-ups. Simon Willison was on hand to accept the award for the project. Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 11:10 am

3.6 rating from 80 votes

Highcharts: Really nice charting API

Category: JavaScript, Library

We all want better and better charting libraries. Dojo has some good stuff, Protovis is a good option, and there are many many more (put your favourite below!). The latest guy in the ring is Highcharts uses either jQuery or MooTools for some common JavaScript tasks. In addition, Internet Explorer needs ExCanvas which emulates the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:36 am

4.1 rating from 49 votes

Fun Friday Particle System

Category: Canvas

I think we first featured Mr Speaker when we showed his fun Friday platformer game. This Friday we have a canvas based particle system that is very visual. Check it out.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:39 am

4.2 rating from 31 votes

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

The End of Days for “View Source”?

Category: Editorial, Performance

“View Source is your friend”, we’ve learned countless times as web developers. It’s something special about web development that we can seamlessly lift the covers on anything we see and find out how the sausage is made. And it gets even better with great tools to interrogate the system in real-time. This capability has helped Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 10:40 am

3.3 rating from 47 votes

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Screencast: PHP on Microsoft IIS7

Category: PHP

PHP on Windows has long been held as the preferred development platform for many PHP developers despite the awkward installation process. It has also been assumed that while Apache on Windows isn’t as good as on *nix, it is at least superior (or at least easier) compared to IIS on Windows. With the release of Read the rest…

Posted by tberardi at 10:52 am

2.5 rating from 95 votes

Google Analytics unblocks the Web w/ Async support

Category: Performance

I heard a huge cheer from the Internet today and found that Google Analytics has launched async mode which finally unclogs our browsers from blocking. Steve Souders must have had the loudest cheer, and wrote up his view: The pain of loading JavaScript files is that they block the page from rendering and block other Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:21 am

4 rating from 39 votes

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Star Wars HTML and CSS: A NEW HOPE

Category: CSS, Examples, WebKit

There are a lot of CSS transitions experiments going on right now. Yesterday I discovered another HTML and CSS experiment which went “far far away“, compared with my simple CSS gallery. Guillermo Esteves presented a piece of history translated for tomorrows browsers:  the Star Wars Episode IV opening crawl in HTML and CSS: Unfortunately, the Read the rest…

Posted by webreflection at 7:00 am

3.9 rating from 68 votes

TuneKit: The Web SDK to code up iTunes extras

Category: Apple, JavaScript

< View plain text > javascript = function (){ var t = bookletController.buildPlaylist(appData.songs);; if (window.iTunes.platform == "Windows" || window.iTunes.platform == "Mac" || window.iTunes.platform == "Emulator") { TKNavigationController.sharedNavigation.pushController(visualizerController); What’s that? The code from above is something you would see in an iTunes Extras experience. When Ben showed me a (admittedly poor) Star Trek iTunes Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:32 am

3.6 rating from 15 votes

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Statsy – find those wasted bytes with a bookmarklet

Category: Performance

Stoyan Stefanov is all about the performance of web products. One small tool that gives you a bit of insight as to where you can optimize is a new bookmarklet he released today called statsy. If you run statsy on a web site you get the following insights: JS attributes (e.g. onclick) – this is Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 7:14 am

3.3 rating from 17 votes

LABjs gets “Even Faster” with version 1.0

Category: Performance

We have posted about LABjs before, the library that aims to be able to effectively load any script resource(s), from any location, into any page, at any time. It loads them all as parallel as the browser will allow, but maintains execution order when you express the need to do so in the usage of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:32 am

3.5 rating from 29 votes

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

If That Is An Awesome CSS3 Gallery, How Would You Call Mine?

Category: CSS, Examples

Tutorialzine is a nice blog but I think sometimes it should should re-dimension chosen titles. I have discovered only yesterday and thanks to my good old favorite Web related italian blog, a nice (or if you prefer another) jQuery lightbox style experiment. The post is complete with examples and explanation over PHP, CSS, jQuery, and Read the rest…

Posted by webreflection at 6:00 am

2.1 rating from 126 votes

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Javascript JPEG Encoding

Category: Canvas

Andreas Ritter has managed to encode JPEGs in Javascript. This blog post explains how he did it, shows some benchmarks, and provides a demo and a downloadable library so you can play along at home. It was surprising that it was that easy to get the first js-encoded jpeg displayed in the browser. Of course Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 1:15 pm

4.2 rating from 51 votes

CBC Radio 3 Case Study

Category: Articles, Editorial, Prototype, Showcase

Phil Rabin of CBC Radio 3 has kindly written a guest post on his experience creating a fantastic Web interface for the station that uses Flash for audio, but a full HTML experience that maintains state from page to page. CBC Radio 3 is a community, radio station and user-generated independent music library which is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:05 am

3 rating from 31 votes

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Node and Djangode Follow-Up

Category: Node, Server

Simon Willison’s Talk last week on Node generated a healthy dose of post-conference buzz, and he’s followed up with a blog post on Node and his higher-level API for Node, Djangode. Node’s core APIs are pretty low level—it has HTTP client and server libraries, DNS handling, asynchronous file I/O etc, but it doesn’t give you Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 9:53 am
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3.8 rating from 29 votes