Recently in Web Development (November Edition)

Web development is an industry that’s in a state of constant flux with technologies and jargon changing and mutating in an endless cycle. Not to mention the sheer deluge of information one has to process everyday.

In this series, published monthly, we’ll seek to rectify this by bringing you all the important news, announcements, releases and interesting discussions within the web development industry in a concise package. Join me after the jump!


News and Releases

All of the important news in a single place: releases, announcements, companies bickering, security issues and all related hoopla.

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Mozilla Releases Popcorn

Mozilla, in their quest to make video on the web a better experience, released their Popcorn platform. Popcorn consists of a JavaScript framework as well as a creation environment.

I’m sure you have lots of questions so make sure to read more below.

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Adobe to Drop Flash for Mobile Devices

This maybe a bit tangential but it’s still important news. Adobe, after a lot of attritional warfare with Apple, has decided to drop development of the Flash players for mobile devices.

Adobe plans to instead leverage HTML5 technologoy to provide more features to developers. Read on more about the topic at the link below.

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jQuery 1.7 Released

A new version of our favorite JavaScript library got released this month. This bumps up the version number to 1.7.

The new features on tap in this versions include a new event API, support for the AMD API, extensions to the deferred object and many more.

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Mozilla Version Version 8 of Firefox

Mozilla did promise quicker release cycles but this is quite unprecedented. We’ve gone from version 4 to version 8 in a matter of months and most of the changes have been under the hood.

Anyway, if you’re a cutting edge, curious dev, you can find more about this release at the link below.

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Nimbus.IO Launches

If you’re a developer who makes use of Amazon S3 but would like more options, here is something for you.

In the footsteps of S3 comes Rackspace Cloud comes Nimbus.io, the latest entrant in this field. Even though it’s still in beta, it’s fairly stable, competitively priced and has an API that’s quite similar to S3.

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jQuery Mobile 1.0 is Out

In the midst of jQuery releases, it’s easy to forget that jQuery mobile exists. The mobile framework has been slowly creeping towards the version 1.0 release and it’s finally here.

If you’re a mobile dev, or even just someone who wants to dabble around with mobile development, you really need to go browse around at the link below.

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Twitter Bootstrap Gets Updated

The wildly popular toolkit from Twitter got upgraded with a substantial number of fixes and performance improvements over the last few weeks.

If you’re a bit curious about what Bootstrap is, we do have a little tutorial that makes use of Bootstrap.

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Node v0.6.0 Released

NodeJS, the JavaScript userbase’s recent darling, has been getting a steady stream of updates recently. Earlier this month, Ryan brought Node upto version 6 with a number of improvements including better Windows support.

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New Kids on the Block

As web developers, the sheer amount of resources we can tap into increases exponentially with time. Here is just a quick look at some recently created resources that deserve your attention — everything from new books to scripts and frameworks.

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Lungojs

Meet the first Mobile Framework that uses the actual features of #HTML5, #CSS3 and #JavaScript.

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Slider.js

Slider.js is an easy-to-use customizable Javascript library to create image slideshows. It relies on latest web technologies: the power of CSS Transitions to perform awesome and efficient effects and the HTML5 Canvas to perform some non trivial transitions.

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Face detection jQuery Plugin

A neat little jQuery plugin which detects faces in pictures and returns theirs coords.

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Flatiron

An unobtrusive framework initiative for node.js. Flatiron promotes code organization and sustainability by clearly separating development concerns.

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backbone-on-rails

A simple gem for using Backbone.js with Rails (>= 3.1), based on thoughtbot’s Backbone.js on Rails

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kibi

An easy-to-use single-page app framework in 1,024 bytes of JavaScript. kibi currently weighs in about 200 bytes less, so there’s still room for improvement.

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Derby

MVC framework making it easy to write realtime, collaborative applications that run in both Node.js and browsers.

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BicaVM

This project is an implementation of a JVM in JavaScript. At the moment it runs Java code, but is more like a proof of concept than a real JVM.

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RightJS

Even though RightJS has been around for a while, this new version brings a lot of new features since there are a ton of new features and fixes with this version.

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Best of the Internet

Often, you’re not really looking for a tutorial as much as you’re looking for a rant, an opinion or the musings of a tired developer or just something cool with absolutely zero real world use. This sections contains links to precisely those — interesting and cool stuff from the developer community.

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Why Barsing XHTML with RegEx is a Bad Idea

A cry for help or an artistic masterpiece? You decide. A user asks for assistance with regex for parsing XHTML leading to this linked piece.

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HTML5 2D Gaming Performance Analysis

With HTML5 showing great growth, lots of developers have started using canvas and WebGL for developing games and such. If you’re thinking of making the move, this is a must read article that explores the performance facet of these technologies.

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The Last PHP PDO Library You Will Ever Need

A developer’s thoughts on ORMs, SQL generation tools and how he came to write his own mini PDO library.

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CoffeeScript Means Giving Up on JavaScript

Michael Woloszynowicz explains why he’s alarmed at the recent move towards languages that compile to JavaScript instead of merely using JavaScript itself.

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Response to “CoffeeScript Means Giving Up on JavaScript”

As is the case with strongly opinioned prose, the above article ignited a heated discussion among the web and here’s a rebuttal that I found the most prgamatic and, well, terse. Good read!

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MongoGate — or Let’s Have a Serious NoSQL Discussion

Need the down low on the current NoSQL situation? I’ve got something for you. This piece by Martin Scholl is a great read if you’re interested in the topic.

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Wrapping Up

Well, that’s about all the major changes that happened in our industry lately.

Do you want us to cover more standard news? A focus on upcoming scripts maybe? Or just more interesting posts and discussions from the community? Let us know in the comments and thank you so much for reading!


Why I’m So Excited About the New Tuts+ Premium

Hey, guys! For the last several months, I’ve had the pleasure of helping out, top-secret, on the relaunch of Tuts+ Premium. After months of work, it’s out in the wild! If you have a second, let me know show you what’s new.


Massive Redesign

We’ll be the first to admit that the old layout was in huge need of revision. That’s why we hired the incredibly talented Orman Clark to work on a new, updated layout. I think it turned out wonderfully.


Courses!

I’m a huge fan of taking a skill, and breaking it down as much as possible into bits and pieces that can easily be consumed. Ten minutes a day, and, at the end of the month, you’ve learned a new technology. That’s what our new courses are for!

We’ve launched with five massively in depth courses, and will continue adding more at a rate of around three per month. Here’s a few that will appeal specifically to you guys:

  • CSS3 Essentials – In this course, we’ll cover the essentials of what you absolutely must know about CSS3. This means we’ll review the basics, like border-radius and box-shadow; but, we’ll also work our way up to more advanced techniques, such as using animations to add flair to your designs.
  • 30 Days to Your First Website Design – Ready to design your first website but not sure how to start? Ian Yates, Editor of Webdesigntuts+ and veteran web designer, walks you through every step of getting your first web design up and running. From the planning stages up until the pages go live, you’ll get expert guidance on how to make sure your first design gets done… and done right.
  • 30 Days to Learn HTML and CSS – Even if your goal is not to become a web designer, learning HTML and CSS can be an amazing tool to have in your skill-set – both in the workplace, and at home. If this has been on your to-do list for some time, why don’t you take thirty days and join me? Give me around ten minutes every day, and I’ll teach you the essentials of HTML and CSS. And don’t worry…we start at the beginning!
  • Create Killer Build Scripts with Phing – In this 12-part Premium screencast course, I’m going to teach you exactly how to work with the popular build script tool, Phing. Phing allows us to automate so many of the things we do manually for each project, such as compressing and concatenating code, FTPing files, and pushing projects to GitHub. When you’re ready to dig in, just push play!

Also in the queue are courses on HTML5, WordPress Plugin Development, Professional Screencasting, and much more!

…And, if you have a question about a lesson in a particular course, just head over to the Tuts+ Premium forums to discuss it with your fellow members and the course instructor.


eBooks

We’ve worked with Rockable Press and Smashing Magazine to provide their respective catalogs of eBooks free to all Premium members. That’s hundreds upon hundreds of dollars worth of eBooks for $19 a month. Here’s a handful that you might enjoy:

Getting Good with JavaScript

 Getting Good with JavaScript

Professional Web Design

Professional Web Design

How to be a Rockstar WordPress Designer

How to be a Rockstar WordPress Designer

Theme Tumblr Like a Pro

Theme Tumblr Like a Pro

Over 700 Exclusive Tutorials

In addition to the newly added courses and eBooks, we still have our insanely huge library of exclusive Premium tutorials. At the time of this writing, Tuts+ Premium contains over 700, including these:

  • Next Generation JavaScript with AMD and RequireJS – I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for better ways to organize my JavaScript. Recently (only a week or so ago), I’ve discovered what seems to be the best pattern yet. In this tutorial, I’ll introduce you to AMD: Asynchronous Module Definition and RequireJS. Hang on tight; it’ll be a wild ride!
  • The Magic of WordPress Custom Post Types – In this in depth video tutorial, I’ll teach you how to use custom post types, taxonomies, and meta boxes to extend your WordPress application into CMS-like territory.
  • A Massive Guide to Custom Theming jQuery UI Widgets – jQuery UI is an open source library of interface components that features interactions, animation effects and ready-to-use widgets. jQuery UI is based on the jQuery JavaScript library and is themeable, which makes integrating jQuery UI easy for developers of any skill level to integrate into their web pages and applications.
  • Build your Own JavaScript Library – Over the course of the past few years, the JavaScript community has exploded exponentially. It it’s safe to assume that libraries are the primary reason we’ve seen such astonishing growth. Thanks to these libraries, the differences between the popular browsers are minimized, making cross-browser development much easier than it used to be.
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    For $19 – It’s Worth It

    After listening to all of the input from our users, we think we’ve produced an exceptional Version Two of Tuts+ Premium. I hope you agree! If you sign up, come say hi in our forums!


  • Pro HTML5 and CSS3 Design Patterns

    Pro HTML5 and CSS3 Design Patterns

    Book Description

    Pro HTML5 and CSS3 Design Patterns is a reference book and a cookbook on how to style web pages using CSS3 and HTML5. It contains 350 ready–to–use patterns (CSS3 and HTML5 code snippets) that you can copy and paste into your code. Each pattern can be combined with other patterns to create an unlimited number of solutions, and each pattern works reliably in all major browsers without the need for browser hacks.

    The book is completely up-to-date with code, best practices, and browser compatibilities for HTML5 and CSS3—enabling you to dive in and make use of these new technologies in production environments.

    Pro HTML5 and CSS3 Design Patterns is so much more than just a cookbook, though! It systematically covers every usable feature of CSS3 and combines these features with HTML5 to create reusable patterns. Each pattern has an intuitive name to make it easy to find, remember, and refer to. Accessibility and best practices are carefully engineered into each design pattern, example, and source code.

    The book’s layout, with a pattern’s example on the left page and its explanation on the right, makes it easy to find a pattern and study it without having to flip between pages. The book is also readable from cover to cover, with topics building carefully upon previous topics.

    Pro HTML5 and CSS3 Design Patterns book unleashes your productivity and creativity in web design and development. Instead of hacking your way toward a solution, you’ll learn how to predictably create successful designs every time by reusing and combining modular design patterns.

    What you’ll learn

    • Code CSS3 and HTML5
    • Use CSS3 Selectors
    • Use six CSS3 Box Models
    • Create rounded corners, shadows, gradients, sprites, and transparency
    • Replace text with images without affecting accessibility
    • Style text with fonts, highlights, decorations, and shadows
    • Create flexible, fluid layouts
    • Position elements with absolute pixel precision
    • Stack elements in layers
    • Size, stretch, shrinkwrap, indent, align, and offset elements
    • Style tables with borders and alternating striped rows
    • Size table columns automatically
    • Integrate CSS3 and JavaScript without embedding JavaScript in HTML5
    • Create drop caps, callouts, quotes, and alerts

    Who this book is for
    A software developer can use this book to learn CSS3 for the first time. A designer familiar with CSS3 can use this book to master CSS3 and HTML5. If you are completely new to coding or completely new to CSS3 and HTML5, you may want to read an introductory book on CSS3 and HTML5 first.

    Table of Contents

    1. Design Patterns: Making CSS 3 Easy!
    2. HTML Design Patterns
    3. CSS Selectors and Inheritance
    4. Box Models
    5. Box Model Extents
    6. Box Model Properties
    7. Positioning Models
    8. Positioning: Indented, Offset, and Aligned
    9. Positioning: Advanced
    10. Styling Text
    11. Spacing Content
    12. Aligning Content
    13. Blocks
    14. Images
    15. Tables
    16. Table Column Layouts
    17. Layouts
    18. Dropcaps
    19. Callouts and Quotes
    20. Alerts

    Book Details

    • Paperback: 532 pages
    • Publisher: Apress (November 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1430237805
    • ISBN-13: 978-1430237808

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    Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It

    Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It

    Book Description

    FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, YOU’LL LEARN ALL THREE ASPECTS OF WHAT IT TAKES TO CREATE STUNNING PORTRAITS
    (HINT: IT’S NOT JUST THE LIGHTING)

    Scott Kelby, the world’s #1 best-selling author of photography books, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, and Publisher of the just-released Light It magazine, has reinvented how lighting books are written by finally revealing the entire process from start to finish. You see everything from the complete lighting setup (and all the gear used), to the shoot (including all the camera settings and a contact sheet of the progression of the shoot), to the all-important part that most books don’t dare include–the post-processing and retouching in Photoshop. This book also breaks new ground in the visual way it teaches you the lighting setup. There aren’t any sketches or 3D models–you see the lighting layout in a full-page photo, taken from above during the live shoot, so you can see exactly where everything’s positioned (the subject, the photographer, the lighting, the background–you name it–you see it all). Plus, you’ll see side, over-the-shoulder, and more behind-the-scenes views, so you can absolutely nail the lighting every time.

    LEARN THE LIGHTING SETUPS THE PROS USE
    Each year, Scott trains thousands of professional photographers during his Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE! seminar tour and now, for the first time ever, he’s taken that incredibly popular style of learning and put in into book form. Now everyone can have a real-world reference for getting the same looks today’s clients are clamoring for.

    You’ll learn:

    • The step-by-step layouts for creating the most-requested and sought-after lighting looks
    • How to get more out of one light than you ever thought you could (this is worth it alone!)
    • How to control and shape your light without breaking the bank
    • The camera settings, gear, and power settings for every shot
    • The retouching techniques the pros really use to make their subjects look their very best
    • How to retouch hair, eyes, lips, skin, and lots of other little retouching tricks that make a really big difference
    • How to create high-contrast portrait effects without buying expensive plug-ins
    • A host of insider tricks, invaluable shortcuts, and kick-butt special effects to give you a real advantage over the competition

    Plus, Scott includes a special bonus chapter that shows how to create these same studio looks using off-camera hot shoe fl ashes and the modifi ers made for them. There’s never been a book like it.

    Book Details

    • Paperback: 264 pages
    • Publisher: New Riders Press (September 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0321786610
    • ISBN-13: 978-0321786616

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    Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots

    Book Description

    Are you a “foodie” looking to take eye-catching photos of your culinary concoctions? Do you have a food blog that you’d like to enhance with better visuals? Do you want to create photos that conjure up the flavors of your favorite foods but lack the photographic technique to make it happen? Then this book is for you!

    In Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, photographer Nicole Young dishes up the basics on getting the right camera equipment–lights, lenses, reflectors, etc.–and takes you through the key photographic principles of aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. She then discusses lighting and composition and shows how to style food using props, fabrics, and tabletops. Finally, she explains how to improve your photos through sharpening, color enhancement, and other editing techniques. Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book offers the practical advice and expert shooting tips you need to get the food images you want every time you pick up your camera.

    Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, photographer and author Nicole S. Young, and you will:

    • Use your camera’s settings to gain full control over the look and feel of your images
    • Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more
    • Learn to enhance your food photographs using professional food styling techniques
    • Get tips on different types of lighting, including strobes, flashes, and natural light
    • Improve the look of your photos using Adobe Photoshop
    • Go “behind the scenes” and walk through the process of creating great food photographs with an entire chapter of start-to-finish examples

    And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group to share your photos, recipes, and tips at flickr.com/group/foodphotographyfromsnapshotstogreatshots.

    Book Details

    • Paperback: 288 pages
    • Publisher: Peachpit Press (August 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0321784111
    • ISBN-13: 978-0321784117

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