Issue #58 - December 23, 2011
Since many of you will be getting this right before (or even during) the holiday season, I was hoping for a short and sweet issue today. But you've been sending in so much awesome stuff that it's almost as long as usual.. sorry :-) Happy holidays!
Node Summit - San Francisco, January 24-25, 2012
Digging node.js? There are still tickets available for Node Summit, a 2 day Node-focused conference taking place in San Francisco in January. Speakers include Ryan Dahl (creator of Node.js), Scott Guthrie (Microsoft) and Stephen Herrod (CTO of VMware).
Backbone Fundamentals: CC-licensed Book about Backbone.js
Public Beta of Wakanda (JS IDE + Framework) Available
CoffeeScript 1.2.0 Released
Knockout 2.0.0 Released
20 Sites That Pushed JS To The Limit in 2011
Lazy Evaluation of CommonJS Modules
The Switch: Python to Node.js
Paul Querna of Cloudkick explains why his development team switched from Python to Node.js for implementing most of its backend services. An interesting story.
Your jQuery: Now With 67% Less Suck
Want a bunch of simple techniques and tricks to improve and optimize your jQuery code? Scott Kosman lays it on us.
A String is Not An Error
The Problem with Implicit Scoping in CoffeeScript
Code and Libraries
audiolib.js: Audio Toolkit for JS
18 Excellent and Useful jQuery Plugins
Yep, the old fashioned list posts that it's trendy to hate ;-) But, heck, there are some good entries here, and it's a great way to plug some gaps in your exposure to new plugins.
Duino: An Arduino Framework for Node.js
FlowSlider: jQuery Plugin for 'Sliding' HTML Content
jQuery Geo - An Interactive Mapping Plugin
Animated Text and Icon Menus with jQuery
A Code-based Demo of Scoping in CoffeeScript
Job o'the Season
Senior UI Developer (with Search Experience) at Salesforce.com [San Francisco, CA]
Last but not least..
CodeSchool Launches 'A Sip of CoffeeScript'
CodeSchool is an online video-driven interactive programming education site and they've just unveiled their new CoffeeScript course. It's a commercial system but the first part can be taken for no cost. If you want to sign up with CodeSchool though, I got them to offer JSW subscribers a discount (link below). I make no commission or anything on this, it's just for fun.
JS Weekly Subscriber-only CodeSchool discount link (mentioned above)