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The Client Side #013

Not a new item, but Mike Woloszynowicz’s notes on three levels of understanding Javascript [http://www.w2lessons.com/2011/04/you-dont-know-javascript.html] is very good. How well do you know it? Honestly?

Of Note Last Call for Comments on CSS Speech module [http://www.w3.org/blog/CSS/2011/08/18/css3_speech_last_call] Anyone interested in adding comments to the CSS Speech module specification now has until Sep 30 to do so. The W3C has issued its last working draft of the spec designed to match the model described by the Speech Synthesis Markup Language v1.1 [http://www.w3.org/TR/speech-synthesis11/].

Announcing YUI 3.4.0 and the new YUILibrary.com [http://www.yuiblog.com/blog/2011/08/18/announcing-yui-3-4-0-and-the-new-yuilibrary-com/?] George Puckett announces v3.4.0 of the YUI is now on CDN and to download along with a completely revised and revamped YUILibrary.com to provide documentation for the same. He highlights several new beta features and those moved from beta to GA status, as well as providing links to full release notes

HTML5-Powered VNC Implementation noVNC Let’s You Access Remote Systems [http://blogs.msdn.com/b/scriptjunkie/archive/2011/08/18/html5-powered-vnc-implementation-novnc-let-s-you-access-remote-systems.aspx] Rey Bango highlights an HTML5-powered VNC client called noVNC written by Joel Martin and available to download from github. The client is based on WebSockets and Canvas. A demo video is included.

Mozilla Labs introduces new beta site [http://mozillalabs.com/blog/2011/08/mozilla-labs-introduces-new-beta-site/] Pascal Finette announces the beta launch of the new look Mozilla Labs site, the aims of the site and how to provide feedback to the dev team Articles 11 hard truths about HTML5 [http://www.infoworld.com/d/html5/11-hard-truths-about-html5-169665] Peter Wayner steps into pop our bubble of HTML5 love and point out that there are still some serious pain points and limitations to the new standard and its implementations

Into the Ring with knockout.js [http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/javascript-ajax/into-the-ring-with-knockout-js/] Dan Wellman demonstrates how to use knockout.js to build a simple interface that displays a list of contacts and then allows the user to filter and sort it. This part one of the tutorial

Into the Ring with knockout.js: Part 2 – the Rematch [http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/javascript-ajax/into-the-ring-with-knockout-js-part-2-the-rematch/?] In part 2 of his tutorial, Dan Wellman continues to build upon his knockout.js-based contact list, adding paging and “dependant observables” (events on sets of properties) to the application.

KnockoutJS Needs a Better Set of Tutorials [http://wekeroad.com/2011/08/18/my-eyes-please-youre-killing-javascript-kitties?] In response to some of the code in part two of Dan Wellman’s tutorial, Rob Conery calls out for better tutorials and clean code from Knockout.js writers, and…

The Backbone.js Todo List Sample, Refactored [http://wekeroad.com/post/8797704995/the-backbonejs-todo-list-sample-refactored-part-1] Rob Conery takes a two part look at the Todo list tutorial that’s listed on backbone.js central git repository and attempts to refactor what he finds there. Part two of his article is here [http://wekeroad.com/post/8831772818/the-backbone-js-todo-list-refactored-part-2-being] .

Real World CSS Practices [http://blog.echoenduring.com/2011/08/19/real-world-css-practices/?] Matt Ward lists out and explains eight rules he has developed over several years for working with CSS, from code format to conventions to simple typography rules

Tutorials A New Tutorial Everyday until DojoConf [http://www.sitepen.com/blog/2011/08/17/a-new-tutorial-everyday-until-dojoconf/] As part of the countdown until DojoConf 2011 on Sep 16 in Arlington, VA, SitePen has announced they will be releasing a new Dojo tutorial every day until then. They have already released three, Form management with dojox.form.manager [http://dojotoolkit.org/documentation/tutorials/1.6/form_manager/], Data modelling for MVC Applications [http://dojotoolkit.org/documentation/tutorials/1.6/data_modeling/], and Using Dojo Data [http://dojotoolkit.org/documentation/tutorials/1.6/dojo_data/]

speak.js: Text-to-Speech on the Web [http://hacks.mozilla.org/2011/08/speak-js-text-to-speech-on-the-web/] azakai highlights a new javascript library called speak.js. This is a port of the eSpeak open source text-to-speech synthesizer. He gives a brief demo and asks for help to improve it

Four essential HTML5 canvas tips [http://www.netmagazine.com/node/1289?] Hakim El Hattab gives four quick tips to improve your use of the canvas: reusing as many pixels as possible between frames, using composite modes, working around anti-aliasing for crisper line drawing, and clearing the canvas by resizing it.

Hyphenation arrives in Firefox and Safari [http://blog.fontdeck.com/post/9037028497/hyphens] Fontdeck explains what hyphenation is and shows how to use the CSS3 Hyphenation attributes which Firefox and Safari have just begun to support

postcard from Paris – css3 keyframes animations in use [http://pehaa.com/2011/08/postcard-from-paris-css3-keyframes-animations-in-use/] PeHaa demonstrates CSS3 Keyframe Animation by creating an animated greetings card of Eiffel Tower.

CSS Selectors: Just the Tricky Bits [http://designshack.co.uk/articles/css/css-selectors-just-the-tricky-bits/] Joshua Johnson walks through the various CSS selectors we can use and how they can be combined. He explains parents, children, siblings, descendants and ancestors, the child and sibling selectors, selector chaining, the universal selector, attribute and pseudo-class selectors

Little-Known CSS3 Typographic Features [http://www.impressivewebs.com/little-known-css3-type/] Louis Lazaris looks at three new properties in the CSS3 fonts module - font-stretch, font-size-adjust & font-kerning - and reminds us of the alternate values for font-weight

Custom AJAX Content Handling with the Dojo Toolkit [http://davidwalsh.name/dojo-xhr-handleas?] David Walsh demonstrates how to use dojo.contentHandlers for handling the results of AJAX requests.

Podcasts The Javascript Show Episode 11 [http://javascriptshow.com/episodes/11]: JavaScript prototypes, understanding “this”, extending native objects (30:04)

CSS-Tricks #100 [http://css-tricks.com/video-screencasts/100-lets-write-semantic-markup/] : Let’s write semantic markup! We spend an entire hour looking at a Photoshop design and writing HTML5 markup that describes what we see. We try and be as semantic as we can and discuss the challenges of that as they come up.  (62:07)

Design Festival Podcast #15 [http://designfestival.com/design-festival-podcast-15-web-accessibility-with-dennis-lembree/] : Web Accessibility with Dennis Lembrée (47:36)

Lullabot Podcast #95 [http://www.lullabot.com/podcasts/podcast-95-who-jeffrey-zeldman]: Who is Jeffrey Zeldman? The reigning king of web standards, Jeffrey Zeldman, speaks with Lullabot’s Jared Ponchot and Jeff Robbins about the evolution and future directions of web technology (71:35)

Function Source Episode 2 [http://functionsource.com/post/episode-two-a-jolley-time] : Charles Jolley of Strobe/SproutCore/MobileMe talks about App Delivery Networks (like CDNs but for apps) and the HP WebOS announcement

Code Demos  Downloads Create Spinning Progress Indicator with Spin.js [http://www.webappers.com/2011/08/18/create-spinning-progress-indicator-with-spin-js/] – Ray Cheung

Rendering HTML+CSS to Canvas [http://www.isogenicengine.com/2011/08/19/rendering-html-css-to-canvas/] – Rob Evans

Kendo UI overview video now live [http://www.kendoui.com/blogs/teamblog/posts/11-08-18/kendo_ui_overview_video_now_live.aspx] – Kendo UI team

The Golden Grid System - A folding grid for responsive design [http://www.webresourcesdepot.com/golden-grid-system-a-base-for-creating-responsive-designs/] – jonikorpi

Cross Browser CSS Box Shadows [http://davidwalsh.name/css-box-shadow] – David Walsh

Posted on August 19, 2011   #The Client Side  

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