Issue #14 - February 18, 2011
Game Closure Makes it a Breeze to Build Multiplayer, Cross-Platform Games
The yayQuery Podcast Digs Into jQuery 1.5
I can't link to it specifically, unfortunately, but the latest episode (#21) of the popular yayQuery podcast digs deep into the recently release jQuery 1.5. It's an entertaining 45 minutes, particularly if you watch the video version.
Articles and Guides
Fixing These jQuery - An HTML5 Presentation
Understanding Prototypal Inheritance
Re-using Backbone.js Models on the server with Node.js and Socket.io to build real-time apps
A comprehensive walkthrough/tutorial by Henrik Joreteg on using Backbone.js, Node, and Socket.io to build data models that work and sync between clients through a Node server.
Using Twilio with Node.js
Twilio is a popular web-service API for performing telephony operations. Dusty Candland has written a post to quickly get you started writing your own Twilio apps running on Node.
46 jQuery Tutorials For Web Developers
I know, I know, it's a 'list post.' I usually find something worth reading from these though and this one has some interesting links if you're working with jQuery.
Using AJAX with jQuery Screencast
A free 20 minute screencast by Screencasts.org about performing AJAX requests using jQuery's handy AJAX functions - ideal for beginners or those looking for a refresher.
Building Single Page Apps with jQuery's Best Friends
Addy Osmani returns with a bumper walkthrough of building a gracefully-degradable 'single page' app using jQuery, Underscore.js, Backbone.js, LAB.js, and more.
Code and Libraries
Amplify - A Component Library for jQuery
Amplify is a set of components designed to solve common webapp problems with a simple API. Its goal is to simplify all forms of data handling by providing a unified API for various data sources. Amplify's store component handles persistent client-side storage, using standards like localStorage and sessionStorage, but falling back on non-standard implementations for older browsers.
JSONloops: A Node.js Powered Audio Sequencer
JSONloops is a real-time, multiuser audio sequencer for node.js and the browser reminiscent of FruityLoops (a.k.a. FL Studio). Audio playback is handled by node.js servers, while multiple browsers can act as control devices.
cluster: Plugin-enabled multi-core server manager for Node.JS
Cluster makes it easy to run a Node.js app across multiple cores on a multi-core machine. You get hot restarts, workers, and plugins for things like stats and logging, all out of the box.
A super-simple service that returns different HTTP codes on demand - useful for testing how your scripts deal with varying responses. And if you send any other three digit number that's not in their list, they'll return it!