Archive for the ‘original content’ Category

Video: A Conversation About REST

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

“Nobody implements REST correctly”, said Dr. Roy Fielding, the inventor of REST.

But Jeremy Brown will help you get close. He explains what REST is and also presents a variety of topics and questions you will certainly come across while implementing your API.

View the video here.

View the presentation here.

Video: Database Query with a drag-drop UI

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Marvin Elder demonstrates his DHTMLX enabled interface that does database queries via a user interface.

See the video here.

RESTful Web Services and Weed Trimmers

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

By guest author Donald Smith Jr.

I was standing in the local home improvement store staring at all of the choices available for yard trimmers. Since it is spring, the annual tradition of assessing my lawn equipment needs for the season has me frustrated that it is the year 2011 and the technology available to cut weeds still sucks. My problem is that I have bought many yard trimmers over the years including gas, cordless, and corded trimmers. Each one has advantages and disadvantages.

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Brendan Eich Redesigns JavaScript to Look Like jQuery

Friday, April 1st, 2011


“Obviously, due to the success of jQuery and the lack of base-knowledge of JavaScript”, Brendan explained at a recent gathering, “JavaScript is a huge failure. I’ve redesigned it to look like jQuery, and will implement it, retroactively, into the web.” (more…)

Video: How to Build Web Apps

Monday, January 10th, 2011

A new video is posted from the January 4th 2011 Club AJAX meeting. Basic and advanced code for Ajax apps. The main subjects covered were CSS organizing, and OO-CSS concepts, and an HTML5 Video Player with custom JavaScript.

See the video here.

Dev vs Dev! JavaScript is a Toy

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

This is the second video in the Dev vs Dev series, using the XtraNormal movie maker. What does it sound like when a front end developer suggests to a back end developer that a project should use JavaScript? It might sound something like the following.
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Rapid Development with Dijit: Support Files

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

I’ve posted the supplemental source code for the video tutorial Rapid Front End Development using Dojo and Dijit. You can download the files here.

Video: Rapid Front End Development using Dojo and Dijit

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

In the video, I create a simple application in real-time. I try to keep it fast paced so it stays interesting. The primary focus is on Dojo and widgets that are most widely used in creating web apps. While the app itself that I’m building is a MacGuffin, it’s a pattern that I really believe in and feel is very important. Web apps can be roughed in very quickly, after which details and APIs can be put in place.

You can see the video here.

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.