Issue #43 - September 9, 2011
Announcing The Node.js Knockout Winners
Node Knockout was a Node.js-based 48 hour development contest that took place recently. Judging is now over and the winners have been announced. First place went to an app that lets you watch user activity on your webapps in real time.
jQuery Mobile Beta 3 Released
The jQuery Mobile team has unveiled beta 3 of the as-yet-still-not-quite-1.0 version of jQuery Mobile. It now includes pushState for cleaner URLs with Ajax-based navigation schemes, a 'beforechangepage' event, and improved iOS 5 support.
Chess@home: Building The Largest Chess AI Ever using JS
Chess@home was a winning entry in the recent Node.js Knockout contest and in this blog post, Sylvain Zimmer explains how it's aiming to be the biggest 'chess AI' ever by harnessing the processing power of visitors' browsers.
An interesting syntax question over on Stack Overflow but, importantly, an excellent highest scoring answer in response. Get ready for a brain bender.
Using jQuery's Data APIs
A most excellent and compact guide to using jQuery's Data APIs to work with HTML5 data attributes and other data associated with DOM elements on your pages. You get 5 'Rules of the Road' to apply for your own jQuery Data API work, too.
Using Node.js and a Phone to Control a Browser Game
An interesting explanation of a game built by Cykod where you control a Node and Canvas powered game using a modern smartphone (containing a accelerometer and gyroscope). The server and the accumulation of the 'tilt data' is explained well.
Installing and Deploying node.js Apps on Amazon EC2
Ben Lindsey demonstrates how to install Node and deploy Node applications on an Amazon EC2 cloud server using Ubuntu. A tidy walkthrough.
Code and Libraries
A Roundup of 90 Node.js Modules by Browserling
Peteris Krumins presents a mega round-up of 90 node.js modules open sourced by his company, Browserling. It goes from RPC systems, through to benchmarking tools, color generation, command line parsing, and Markov chain generation. Most come with a cute illustrated logo too.
Grid layouts are often an important part of creating rich Internet apps, yet creating them is still quite difficult and verbose. The goal of fox.js is to see whether ASCII art provides a helpful way to design grid layouts.
Treesaver.js: JS Framework for Magazine-Style Layouts
FitVids.JS: Simple jQuery plugin for Fluid Width Video Embeds
FitVids is a small-but-sweet jQuery plugin for 'responsive' video embedding on your pages. If you resize the page, FitVids.JS will resize the videos on the fly too (while maintaining the right aspect ratio).
The Processing CoffeeScript Editor
An interesting experimental browser-based editor for Processing.js-powered CoffeeScript. If you want to play with writing Processing-based visualizations using CoffeeScript, this could be a great place to start.
Common Node: CommonJS on Node using Fibers
Common Node implements a number of CommonJS proposals on top of Node.js using node-fibers, letting you write concise CRUD web apps without callbacks while retaining the performance benefits of using an event loop.
Elastical: A Node.js Client Library for the ElasticSearch (Lucene) REST API
Entourage.js: Automatic Download Tracking for Asynchronous Google Analytics
Roto: Touch-Capable Image Carousel for jQuery
Roto is a jQuery plugin that implements a flexible 'touch-capable' image spinner/carousel. It can work horizontally or vertically and even include multiple images in a 2D layout.
20 Useful jQuery Tooltip Plugins (Yep, A List Post)
Last but not least..
An interesting live-editable simulation (hosted on JSFiddle) of swarms of objects 'fighting' each other across an HTML5 canvas. These sorts of experiments make for great learning tools.