Archive for the ‘AJAX’ Category

Presentation: How to get a Job as a Front End Developer

Monday, December 6th, 2010

I’m posting my presentation from last month’s meeting on how to get a job in the industry. This was a very thought-out presentation, as I felt a need to answer several questions that gets asked of me often – the most predominant of which was “How do I get started?”. This is not a tutorial on how to learn JavaScript, but more of a step by step process in what you should learn and where, and how you would then apply that knowledge to a career or even just side work.

  • Skills and subsets needed to be hirable
  • How and where to learn FED Skills
  • Job search preparation
  • Where to find job openings
  • How to write a resume
  • How to be a good interview

Much of this information applies to other fields as well (though if you’re not interested in Ajax, I’m not sure that you are reading this blog!). How to write a resume in particular has some insights that I’m guessing, based on some of the resumes that I’ve seen, may be of value to a lot of people.

View the presentation.

Video: Demo of Google AppEngine and AppEngineJS

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Eugene Lazutkin gives a demonstration of Google AppEngine and AppEngineJS application cycle:
* Going over the code of a simple application
* Google AppEngine SDK
* Management

See the video here.

AJAX News October 2010

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Bob delivers a powerful and moving performance as he brings to you the touching, human side of Ajax News. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. But mostly you’ll just plain cry.

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JavaScript – It’s a Real Language!

Friday, October 1st, 2010

JavaScript doesn’t get much respect. “It’s a toy!”, they say. The language has been around ever since the earliest browsers.  But did you know JavaScript is a real language? It seems that only front end developers realize that it is!  Where is the confusion?  You have to look at the language’s origins.  Traditionally, JavaScript has always been part of the browser.   This absolutely has contributed to the popularity it enjoys today, but has also mischaracterized it as a toy for browsers.  It has simply been used as the means to get the cool things done you can’t do with HTML alone.

JavaScript - It's a Real Language!

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JavaScript Console Fix V2 Now with iOS!

Monday, September 13th, 2010

The consoleFix.js has been a popular script, helping people overcome problems in the various browsers, but now, there are more features including support for your iPhone.  consoleFix is a small JavaScript file that removes the annoyances of cross browser logging. The use of console.log is now a standard used by not only Firebug, but WebKit Inspector and Internet Explorer Developer Tools. Firebug is ubiquitous with front end web development, and while it provides dozens of tools like DOM inspection and network sniffing, the logger gets the vast majority of use.

While log, warn, and info may be standard, using the groupCollapsed method will throw an error in Chrome, and the seemingly innocuous debug will throw an error in IE. Opera’s Dragonfly is an improvement over it’s anemic predecessor, but it still rivals IE’s feeble text-only logger and thus, only supports a small subset of console methods.

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Video: HTML5 Canvas Tips and Tricks

Friday, September 10th, 2010

In this introductory level video by Bob Byron, you will learn the basics of the HTML5 Canvas capabilities, how to write the code, and other tips and tricks for working with dynamic raster graphics.

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Plain Text vs innerText vs textContent

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

innerText and textContent are properties that get or set the text of an element or all its children. Internet Explorer implemented innerText in version 4.0, and it’s a useful, if misunderstood feature. WebKit also has innerText, carefully copying from, and even improving upon IE; and additionally has the standards compliant textContent, which we shall see, is no where near as useful and is in fact quite different. Firefox has textContent but not innerText, and a common mistake is writing code that retrieves one or the other, assuming the result will be the same (it’s not). Opera has the property, but it is little more than an alias of textContent, which to me is analogous to false advertising.
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Webkit Unicode Bug

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

While working on the BetterVideo HTML5 player, I came across an odd bug in Safari; Unicode characters weren’t rendering correctly. What I was attempting to do was create a simple close button — a small box with an “x” in it. But I didn’t want to use the “x” character, I wanted something a little more specific. The Unicode character #&10005 is perfect, and there is a Webdings equivalent of it for Internet Explorer (small case “r”).
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Anatomy of Bad User Experience

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

It’s amazing that in this day of age, with all information, history, and expertise we have in building websites, that any company could churn out something so patently unusable. The following rant is a true story, experienced while reading one of my favorite bloggers on a major website…

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Apple Rumored to Move to New Video Codec

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

A few weeks ago I gave a presentation on HTML5 Video, and suggested that Apple may be the new evil empire for getting the world hooked on the H264 MPEG codec, and then collect massive royalties a few years later.

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