Issue #56 - December 9, 2011
What Is Happening To The jQuery Plugins Site?
Last week, jQuery shuttered the popular jQuery plugins site, citing increasing levels of spam. Now, Adam J Sontag explains what the site's future is and how you, as a jQuery plugin creator, can help and be involved.
Announcing Amber.js: Yehuda Katz's New SproutCore-Inspired Framework
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Introducing ECMAScript 5.1
Darcy Clarke presents the code and a video demonstration for grabbing user avatars (based on their e-mail address) from the popular Gravatar service.
Practical socket.io Benchmarking
Node Modules You Should Know About: Optimist, an Options Parser
Videos and Media
Backbone.js on Rails Screencasts: When Things Go Wrong
Joey Beninghove continues his run of commercial Backbone.js screencasts with the release of 'When Things Go Wrong', a screencast about handling validation errors coming from Rails and monitoring server availability.
Code and Libraries
The 50 Most Useful jQuery Plugins from 2011
All hail the list post. The SpeckyBoy blog rounds up 50 choice jQuery plugins with aplomb. Includes the usual screenshots for each choice and certainly worth a quick scan.
Circle Menu: A Circular Menu jQuery Plugin, Inspired by Path
Last week, many people were raving about the mobile interface for social network Path which includes a pop-out circular menu. Here's a jQuery copycat implementation by Jason Hutchinson.
Tubular: YouTube Background Player jQuery Plugin
Tubular is a jQuery plugin that lets you use a YouTube video as your page background. Just attach it to your BODY tag, specify a YouTube video ID and tell it the ID of your content wrapper.
Shred: An HTTP Client Library for Node.js
Logme: A Minimalistic Logger for Node.js
Logme is a lightweight 'logger' for Node.js that can deal with multiple logging levels (error, warning, debug, info, etc), provides color-coded output, and which is easy to customize. It's by Veselin Todorov.
CoffeeLint: A Code Linter for CoffeeScript
nanoScroller.js: jQuery Plugin for Lion-Styled Scrollbars
Read: Reading from Standard Input in Node
SilkJS: A Google V8-based 'Swiss Army Knife' and HTTP Server
Last but not least..
Elm: New Type-Safe Functional Language, Compiles to JS