Issue #64 - February 3, 2012
Wow, we had a couple hundred proposals come in for O'Reilly Fluent in the end, so my next week is filled with reviews! Thanks for the great response. More details about the conference will come at the end of the month, but pencil in May 29-31.. :-) - Peter.
Node.js Creator Ryan Dahl Steps Down
Ryan Dahl has handed over Node's reins to Isaac Schlueter (of npm fame) in order to focus on research projects. Ryan will continue to have an influence on the project but will no longer be involved in day-to-day work.
O'Reilly Publishes 'The Little Book on CoffeeScript'
Although it's been on the Web for a few months now, O'Reilly has done an official release of Alex MacCaw's short CoffeeScript book. It's available as a multi-format e-book or in a 60 page print form.
Cloud9 Now Supports Windows Azure for Deployment
jQuery Mobile 1.0.1 Released
The jQuery Mobile team is happy to announce 1.0.1, the first maintenance release for 1.0.0. Samsung's 'bada' platform is now official supported along with the UC Browser (China's most popular mobile browser) on Android.
jQuery 1.7.2 Beta 1 Released
BackboneConf 2012: May 30-31 in Boston, MA
Getting Started with Knockout
Reg Braithwaite comes through again with one of his engrossing journeys through the world of function composition.
Embedding V8 Into a C++ App: Part One
Understanding Node's process.nextTick()
How to Access jQuery's Internal Data
Feeling dangerous? Elijah Manor shows us the thorny world of accessing internal events objects in jQuery. An update notes that the jQuery Core team plans to make this simpler soon.
Videos and Media
Better JS with CoffeeScript
Code and Libraries
flotr2: A Canvas Graphing Library
Flotr2 is a fork of the popular Flotr library and offers a great canvas-based way to render attractive charts and graphs. Flotr2 brings library agnosticism and mobile/touch event support to the table and clocks in at under 25KB!
IcedCoffeeScript: CoffeeScript Superset with Async Control Flow Features
IcedCoffeeScript is a superset of CoffeeScript adding two new keywords: await and defer. They streamline asynchronous control flow, both on the server and on the browser. Say goodbye to callback pyramids!
Queue: Yet Another Asychronous Helper Library for JS
psd.js: A Photoshop PSD File Parser
psd.js is a general purpose file parser for PSD files created in Photoshop. Given a PSD file, it can parse out information such as image size and color modes, image resources, layer info, image contents, etc.
Backbone.js 0.9.0 and 0.9.1 Released
The popular Backbone.js library reaches 0.9 with a batch of handy updates and tweaks, neatly summarized in this tidy changelog.
Arctext.js: Curving Text with CSS3 and jQuery
While CSS3 can letters, it's complicated to arrange each letter along a curved path. Arctext.js is a jQuery plugin that does it for you and the results look great.
conway.coffee: The Game of Life, Elegantly Commented
Dict: An 'Easy but Safe' String-Keyed Store
Stellar.js claims all you need to do is add some simple data attributes to your markup, run its stellar() method, and.. you get to enjoy the latest visual effect du jour.
DataTables: A (Data) Table Plugin for jQuery
DataTables is a flexible table creation tool, perfect for showing off tabular data. It's not new but its latest release is a big leap forward.
ICE: A Live Editor with Change Tracking
ICE (Integrated Content Editor) is an editor built by the New York Times to handle multi person writing environments. To do this, it supports change tracking and other events.
AMDJS: A GitHub Account for AMD-enabled Forks of JS Projects
Many common libraries don't use or directly support the popular AMD module system and a new 'amdjs' account on GitHub is designed to track their forks that include AMD loaders. So far Backbone and Underscore are represented.
Gild is making its first technical hire dedicated to its new Node.js infrastructure, with a ton of room to influence its evolution. Hands-on experience working with a production Node.js app is highly desirable.
Last but not least..