Issue #20 - April 1, 2011
Welcome to issue 20! I express apologies for being a few hours late again but it's been an April Fools dodging minefield out there ;-)
jQuery 1.5.2 Released: Just Bug Fixes
jQuery 1.5.2 has been released on schedule. It's just a bug fix release though, so there are no new features to report. Upgrade when ready!
Unveiling Felix's Node.js Guide
Felix Geisendorfer has started an 'opinionated and unofficial' guide to help people getting started in node.js. Looking pretty good so far!
NodeJitsu looking for interns in NYC and SF
Getting Started with Handlebars.js
A Recipe for a YUI 3 Application
An extensive discussion and demonstration of architecting and building a YUI (Yahoo UI Library) app by Daniel Barreiro.
Load Big Webapps Quickly with a Custom Dojo Build
Terrain Generation with the Diamond Square Algorithm
Paul Boxley shows off an interesting visual demo of a 'terrain generation' algorithm he's implemented using CoffeeScript. The code is available on GitHub and is surprisingly simple.
165 Awesome jQuery Sliders and Other Useful jQuery Effects
18 Useful Frameworks for Web and Mobile App Developers
Code and Libraries
fabric.js: An Object Model for HTML5 Canvas + SVG-to-Canvas Parser
Fabric.js is a framework that makes it easy to work with the HTML5 Canvas element using an interactive object model. It can also render SVG files to Canvas for you. Some interesting demos.
Easy WebSocket - a WebSocket client to broadcast messages to webpages
Peter Norvig's Spelling Corrector in 21 Lines of CoffeeScript
node-php: Node.js and PHP Sitting In A Tree
NodePHP effective turns a nice Node.js server into a FastCGI interface that interacts with PHP-FPM. It's described as a "omega-alpha-super-beta-proof-of-concept" so be warned.
sausage: Contextual pagination for jQuery
Sausage is a unique and attractive pagination plugin for jQuery that's worth checking out. Wynn Netherland shows it off on The Changelog.
Backbone-Redis: Model Persistence in backbone.js Using Socket.io and Redis Pub/Sub
Last but not least..
BreakDOM: A Remix of the Classic Breakout Game
Just for fun, here's BreakDOM. A rather scary version of Breakout using HTML form elements for the bricks and ball and a scroll bar for the bat. It uses jQuery and the code is surprisingly short (and hard to read).