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What’s This Meteor Thing?

Lately, there has been a considerable amount of buzz around a new web platform, called Meteor.  Meteor is a JavaScript framework, built around many small packages – some of which you may already be using, like MongoDB or jQuery. But don’t think of Meteor as a package manager, because it is far more powerful than that! Meteor customized these packages into what they refer to as “smart packages” that communicate seamlessly with one another. In this article, Gabriel Manricks will explain what it is, and why you should consider it for your future applications!

Prototyping with Meteor

Meteor is far more than a quick prototyping tool, but it sure is great for prototyping. In this tutorial, Tom Coleman will walk us through the process of turning a simple HTML wireframe into a functional application in a surprisingly simple number of steps. We’ll be creating a simple wireframe of a chatroom application. The process he's trying to demonstrate is starting with a pure HTML/CSS wireframe, done in Meteor for convenience, which can then very easily be transformed into a real application, thanks to the ease of Meteor development.

Getting Into Ember.js

There are a lot of JavaScript libraries available, and most are really good at providing the traditional DOM-centric interactions that your typical websites need. But when it’s time to build a manageable code base for a single-page app, that’s where a whole suite of new frameworks come in to smooth things out.

Event-Based Programming: What Async Has Over Sync

One of JavaScript’s strengths is how it handles asynchronous (async for short) code. Rather than blocking the thread, async code gets pushed to an event queue that fires after all other code executes. It can, however, be difficult for beginners to follow async code. Jonathan Creamer will help clear up any confusion you might have in this article.

Making Use of jQuery UI’s Widget Factory

For a long time, the only way to write custom controls in jQuery was to extend the $.fn namespace. This works well for simple widgets, however, as you start building more stateful widgets, it quickly becomes cumbersome. To aid in the process of building widgets, the jQuery UI team introduced the Widget Factory, which removes most of the boilerplate that is typically associated with managing a widget.

Getting Started with TypeScript

In late 2012, Microsoft introduced TypeScript, a typed superset for JavaScript that compiles into plain JavaScript. TypeScript focuses on providing useful tools for large scale applications by implementing features, such as classes, type annotations, inheritance, modules and much more! In this tutorial, Sayanee Basu will get started with TypeScript, using simple bite-sized code examples, compiling them into JavaScript, and viewing the instant results in a browser.

Responsive & Touch-Friendly Audio Player

The <audio> elements have events, methods and properties, which means it can be manipulated using JavaScript. Experimenting is nice, but all of this would be worthless without practical use. Despite the fact that video is the most popular type of media on the Internet, there are also situations when audio is important or even the major content, think podcasts or websites of musicians.

Ajax - Beyond the Four Lettering

In this article we are going to discuss what is AJAX, how it works, what you can do with it, what are the advantages and the fall backs. The goal here is to try and explain how the Ajax works, by giving you a detailed explanation of the whole process along with some graphics and live examples. So lets get started.

Best Practices When Working With JavaScript Templates

Maybe you don't need them for simple web apps, but it doesn't take too much complexity before embracing JavaScript templates becomes a good decision. Like any other tool or technique, there are a few best practices that you should keep in mind, when using templates. Andrew Burgess will take a look at a handful of these practices in this tutorial.

10 JavaScripts to Improve Your Mobile Development

Issues of cross-browser compatibility, screen resolution and inconsistent HTML and CSS code are things of the past in mobile development. Developers who are still grappling with these issues are far behind the times and need to learn a few new tricks. Mobile developers today are widening the scope of their expertise; they are not only solving these issues but are developing mobile websites that have impressive layouts, are touch-friendly and are based on frameworks that work flawlessly on smartphones and tablets.

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