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JavaScript Weekly Issue 85
June 29, 2012
Headlines
Node 0.8 Released: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger The new stable release branch of the popular Node.js server-side JavaScript environment is here! 0.8 brings significant performance improvements, core API cleanups, and new debugging features.
jQuery 2.0 (Coming in 2013) To Drop Support for IE 6, 7 and 8 The jQuery Core Team share some thoughts on 'the road ahead' for jQuery. Both jQuery 1.9 and 2.0 will be out in early 2013 with jQuery 2.0 dropping support for IE 6, 7 and 8's 'oddities.'
Cloud9 Launches Its Redesigned, Collaborative Online JavaScript IDE Cloud9 has rolled out a newly redeveloped version of their popular online JavaScript IDE. It now includes real-time co-editing and embedded chat for pair programming, code completion, and offline support. Support for Ruby and Python has also been added.
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Articles
How to Build An 'Out Run'-Style Racing Game
A multi-part series about building an 80s 'Out Run' style racing game using JavaScript and HTML5 Canvas. As a child of the 80s, I confess I've been enjoying this series a lot!
jQuery 1.8 Beta 1: See What's Coming (and Going!)
On ES6 Modules Node.js maintainer Isaac Schlueter has some misgivings about the current Modules and Module Loader specifications in ECMAScript.next (ES6) and shares his opinions in some depth here, along with a proposal of his own.
10 Things You Didn't Know JavaScript Could Do If you're an eagle-eyed JavaScript Weekly and HTML5 Weekly reader, this roundup by .net Magazine may not surprise you, but otherwise it provides a quick flick through 10 interesting modern uses for JavaScript.
A Gentle Introduction to Backbone.js A slide deck and demonstration project Darren Newton used to teach Backbone.js to developers at Arc90. As slick and gentle as a good shaving gel.
Dynamically Rendering GitHub Files in Web Pages
Building Your First Polyfill Jack Franklin introduces the concept of the 'polyfill' (code that can fill in a gap/provide a fallback if certain native functionality doesn't exist) before showing off how to create a simple polyfill of your own.
Sup, AngularJS? (An Interactive Presentation with Live Code Examples) An interactive slide-based presentation by Glen Maddern that shows off some live AngularJS (an MVC framework released by Google recently) examples that you can edit on the fly. An interesting way to see how the library works.
Improved Developer Tooling and Yeoman Addy Osmani writes about Google's new "Yeoman" project, a robust and opinionated stack of client-side tools and frameworks to help developers quickly build web apps.
How to Build a First Person Shooter in the Browser with Three.js and WebGL
What Is The Execution Context and Stack in JavaScript? Yahoo's David Shariff takes a dive into JavaScript execution contexts to give us an understanding of what JavaScript interpreters are doing, why some functions / variables can be used before they are declared, and how their values are determined.
Videos and Media
From Google I/O 2012: 'Better Web App Development Through Tooling' with Paul Irish
Code and Libraries
jQuery Vector Maps: Resizable Scalable Vector Maps for Modern Browsers A jQuery plugin that renders vector-based maps. Uses resizable SVG for modern browsers like Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera and IE 9+ with legacy support for IE provided through VML.
Repo.js: jQuery Plugin to Embed a GitHub Repo onto a Page
BananaBread 0.2 Released: Levels! Alon Zakai (creator of Emscripten) has been working on a JavaScript port of Sauerbraten, a first person shooter, called BananaBread for a while now and it continues to impress. Now, finally, it is starting to get some good levels too!
TextDrive: A Text Editor for ChromeOS, Built with AngularJS
NVD3: Reusable Charts and Chart Components for d3.js
F**kItJS: Runs Your JavaScript Code At Any Price Billing itself as the 'original JavaScript error steamroller', F**kItJS is a tongue in cheek project that can repeatedly eval your error-ridden code, detect errors and slice those lines out of the script before carrying on.
Walrus: A Mustache-Influenced JS Templating Library Templating library inspired by mustache, handlebars, and ejs but with some key differences including blocks encased within 'do' and 'end', reusable view helpers, and support for 'presentation logic.'
SeuratJS: A RaphaelJS Plugin for Creating Pointillized Animations A library that allows for the creation of vivid animations and pixelated artwork by extacting color data from images and rebuilding them with SVG primitives.
Gamecore.js: Increase Javascript Game Performance 'by 1200%' Beyond the bombastic title is an interesting library that can help you build high performance games using JavaScript by providing object pooling, a high performance double linked list, and more.
Sencha Try: A Treasure Trove of Ext JS and Sencha Touch Code Snippets
Jobs
JavaScript Engineer at SoundCloud (Berlin, Germany) SoundCloud is looking for an awesome JavaScript Engineer. You've mastered JavaScript and have a serious passion for state of the art web applications. We're pushing modern browsers and HTML5 standards to their limits and we want your help!
JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS Developers Wanted to Join Amazon (Central London) The new Amazon development centre in central London is hiring talented developers to deliver scalable and maintainable applications for TVs and consoles.
JavaScript Guru for Well Funded Start-Up in SOMA Want to solve some the world's hardest JavaScript problems and help users take control of their data? Krux is hiring top notch JavaScript developers. Experience with mission critical JS, JS error reporting, Node.js, and JS performance will all be put to use.
Last but not least..
Now in Print: Programming in CoffeeScript by Mark Bates
Addison-Wesley has published Mark Bates' book on CoffeeScript. A review copy only arrived with me today but a quick flip through left a positive impression. It covers the main language features before moving on to testing, building a web app, integrating with Backbone.js, and more.
A 'Pick and Mix' Tooling Workshop Day With 3 JS Gurus (in the UK in November) A (paid) workshop day with Remy Sharp, Jake Archibald, and Rebecca Murphey doing 2 seminars each, giving you the chance to attend 4 of your choice. It's in Brighton, UK on November 7.
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