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State of JavaScript Survey: 2018 Edition – Criticism from an Angular Perspective

Recently, the results of the 2018 edition of the State of JavaScript survey have been published. As usual, the report comes with handy categories such as front-end, data layer, testing or mobile. While I very much support the idea of creating a yearly survey of the JavaScript landscape and this survey in particular, which I have been supporting since its inception, there's a major issue with this year's edition: In contrast to its previous editions the survey results lump together (or at least the ... Read more

Jens Oliver Meiert – The Dangers of Being a Web Developer @ beyond tellerrand Düsseldorf 2018

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Chrome DevTools Tips and Tricks

Chrome DevTools - or rather the development console of your favourite browser - is an essential toolkit for the modern web application developer. They help you with both debugging your own application and understanding and hence learning from other people's JavaScript, HTML and CSS code. Mastering your tools is a key ingredient to mastering your trade. Therefore it's vital to always be learning about how to use these tools more efficiently and how to apply them in different ways or with new ... Read more

Should Web Apps Behave More Like UNIX Programs?

Recently, through various discussions about the nature of the web and web applications I came up with an intriguing (to me at least ...) idea: Web apps should behave like UNIX command-line tools. Please hear me out and let me elaborate. Probably the most widespread pattern in modern web app development is that of single-page applications (SPAs). Though that particular term isn't used as abundantly anymore as it used to be a few years ago the design pattern it promoted still persists: Web apps ... Read more

The State Of JavaScript 2016: A Survey

A recent survey by Sacha Greif gives a comprehensive overview of the current state of the JavaScript world. Front-end, full-stack, testing, mobile: If you're working with JavaScript in any way this survey has you covered! It gives you a great overview of what's in use right now and what might be in the near future. The survey will be done annually. So, it should be possible to see where the JavaScript world is headed and which predictions turned out to be true by ... Read more

Chris Heilmann @ Fronteers 2015: Of Gaps, Fillers and Empty Spaces

At the Fronteers Conference in Amsterdam in October 2015 developer / evangelist Chris Heilmann gave a talk about our desire as web developers to innovate ever faster, mostly motivated by our feeling that - despite the drive to implement an ever increasing number of software products as web applications - browsers and the web as a platform can't yet compete with native platforms (specifically mobile ones) in many respects, to which belong for example: UI responsiveness, native look-and-feel and simple use ... Read more

JHipster: A Spring / AngularJS App Generator

You're a boring, hoary Java developer but secretly always wanted to belong to that hip JavaScript-Single-Page-Application crowd? Well, with JHipster now you can! On a more serious note, JHipster is a Yeoman generator that lets you bootstrap integrated Java (for the back-end server stuff) / AngularJS (for everything front-end and UI) web apps. JHipster makes use of proven technologies such as: Grunt Bower AngularJS Maven Spring Boot Spring Web MVC The project's goal is to provide the means for easily creating a beautiful state-of-the-art HTML5 / CSS3 / JavaScript ... Read more

SheetJS – Parse And Manipulate Excel Spreadsheets In The Browser

SheetJS (source code available on GitHub) is an extremely useful JavaScript library that enables you to have Microsoft Excel spreadsheets parsed directly in the browser without any backend interaction necessary. What makes SheetJS even more impressive is the ability to query spreadsheets in-place with an SQLite-compatible SQL language called WebSQL. Check out the example on the website to see how awesome this is. Together with a grid component such as Handsontable (source code) SheetJS allows for on-the-fly display, querying and manipulation of Excel ... Read more

favico.js – Dynamic Content For Your Favicon

favico.js (source code on GitHub) is an interesting and possibly quite useful library that makes it possible to show dynamic, animated content in your web app's favicon. While it allows you to display all sorts of visual next to the browser's address bar - such as videos or even web cams live streams - the most useful use case favico.js lends itself to probably is displaying badges and notifications. favico.js provides animations, colour customization and custom fonts for these badges. Check out the ... Read more

Impulse – Dynamic Physics Animations For The Mobile Web

Impulse is a promising new JavaScript animation framework for mobile websites. The animations generated with Impulse look very smooth and natural. Very impressive work. Go check out the examples page for a first glimpse. Read more
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