Issue #38 - August 5, 2011
jQuery Mobile Beta 2 Released
The jQuery Mobile team has released beta 2. It brings a bunch of big improvements to the library including decoupled widgets, DOM cache management, page pre-caching and, of course, a lot more. Beta 3 will come in the next month and the first release candidate shortly thereafter.
Google Working on 'Web Intents' To Tie Web Apps Together
What's a Closure? An Awesome Interactive JS Tutorial
Ever wonder what closures are and how they work? You can learn about them right now through these awesome interactive, browser-based lessons. This looks like it could be the first in, hopefully, a long line of similar tutorials.
Why You Should Use XMLHttpRequest Asynchronously (or Why IE9 Is Hanging A Lot)
Over on the Windows Error Reporting blog, Dom R notes that 8.4% of all hangs in IE9 in the past month are caused by XMLHttpRequest objects blocking the UI thread with a synchronous request. He explains how to avoid this problem.
A Close Look at Crankshaft, V8's Optimizing Compiler
Andy Wingo takes a deep and technical look at V8's optimizing compiler, Crankshaft. This is great stuff but highly technical and for compilation and VM fans only.
Backbone.js Tips: Lessons From The Trenches
Prateek Dayal of SupportBee shares a few quick Backbone.js tips that he's picked up from building a single page app for customer support.
Building the SoundCloud Mobile Site using Backbone.js
Videos or Media
Yehuda Katz on The Road to SproutCore 2.0
In this 40 minute talk, Yehuda Katz covers the basics of SproutCore's architecture and the major improvements in SproutCore 2.0. If you're unfamiliar with SproutCore, it's a popular framework for creating desktop-like app experiences in the browser.
Easy Node.js Apps with Lisp
In a talk at the LA Ruby Conference 2011, Giles Bowkett talks, curiously, about Node.js, and demonstrates how you can use Sibilant, a Lisp written on top of Node.js, to build Node.js apps.
Code and Libraries
Put-Selector: Easier DOM Element Creation
Put-Selector is a speedy, lightweight function for creating and manipulating DOM elements with succinct, elegant, familiar CSS selector-based syntax. It sure beats messing around appending things or cheating with document.write :-)
jQuery.fracs: Determine The Visible Fractions of an Element
jQuery.fracs determines the fraction of an HTML element that is currently in the viewport, as well as the fraction it takes up of the complete viewport and the fraction of the area that might possibly be visible. The on-page demo demonstrates it best of all.
Docpad: Static Site Generator in Node.js + CoffeeScript
Docpad is a Jekyll-like (a Ruby project) static site generator built in CoffeeScript. It's essentially a text file based CMS with a templating system and document model.
NSSocket: Namespace-based Event-based Buffered TCP/TLS Streams for Node.js
Cutter.js: Cut Text Up By Word Counts
Agility.JS: A Succinct, Super Lightweight MVC Library
Last but not least..