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JavaScript Tools of the Trade: JSBin

February 4, 2014  |  Wordpress  |  , , ,  |  Comments Off

We’ve all been there. There are times when you simply want to throw some JavaScript code up and see how it works. Sure, you could go through the hassle of:Setting up a dedicated directoryCreate a file with markupFinding the latest version of your favorite libraries, downloading them and including them in your codeCreating your stylesheetConfiguring your webserverThat seems like an awful lot of work just do do some simple code testing. Thankfully there are tools that make this type of work trivial.In this tutorial, I’d like to go over one of my favorite tools for interactive JavaScript testing, JSBin.The Case...

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Creating Brackets Extensions

February 3, 2014  |  Wordpress  |  , ,  |  Comments Off

A little while ago I wrote about the recent updates to the Brackets editor. Brackets is an open source project focused on web standards and built with web technologies. It has a narrow focus and therefore may not have a particular feature you’ve come to depend upon. Luckily, Brackets ships with a powerful extension API that lets you add any number of new features. In this article, I’m going to discuss this API and demonstrate how you can build your own extensions.It is crucial that you remember that Brackets is in active development. This article is being written in December...

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JavaScript Animation That Works (Part 2 of 4)

January 30, 2014  |  Wordpress  |  , , ,  |  Comments Off

In the last post, we introduced the idea of spriting, an easy way to animate in JavaScript that works in all browsers. We also walked through how to set up the sprite as a background image for a div and then use a line of JavaScript to change the background position to make it appear as if the image has moved. In this post, we will use this technique to animate both running and jumping motions. In order to create the animation, we will need to quickly change the background position at a regular interval. Take a look again...

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Setting Up a Local Mirror for Composer Packages With Satis

January 28, 2014  |  PHP  |  , , , , ,  |  Comments Off

Installing all your PHP libraries with Composer is a great way to save time. But larger projects automatically tested and run at each commit to your software version control (SVC) system will take a long time to install all the required packages from the Internet. You want to run your tests as soon as possible through your continuous integration (CI) system so that you have fast feedback and quick reactions on failure. In this tutorial we will set up a local mirror to proxy all your packages required in your project’s composer.json file. This will make our CI work much...

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How to Use New Relic Custom Dashboards & Why You’d Want To

January 27, 2014  |  PHP  |  , , , ,  |  Comments Off

Today we’re going to look at New Relic custom dashboards. Specifically, I will show you three ways that I tend to use custom dashboards:creating an overview dashboard from existing chartscreating your own charts from existing data captured by New Reliccreating dashboards for your custom metricsBut, before we get into any of that, we must first ask ourselves a question, why should we use custom dashboards at all? New Relic does a pretty good job of presenting your application performance data. Just using the regular UI, you can glean way more information about the performance of your app than you ever...

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