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Best of JavaScript, HTML5 & CSS3 - Week of June 18, 2012

Posted on Jun 25, 2012

Some weeks seem to be all about tutorials, others all about announcements, but this is one of those weeks that is all about new and updating libraries. Of course, there are still plenty of tutorials and announcements but with interesting announcements including AngularJS 1.0, BackboneUI, Southstreet and a number of others, the new libraries this week are impressive.

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2 Years of CodeBass Radio

Posted on Jun 22, 2012

For a little over a year, I have been fortunate enough to be a part of a small dedicated group of people at CodeBass Radio. CodeBass started as a project and site about coders with an interest in audio and music, started by Vicky Ryder, Ben Farrell and James Allen. Eventually it began broadcasting as a “radio station” over the Internet focused on music and shows for developers. While some of the current shows still have a developer focus, most are now just great music shows hosted by someone in the developer community. I am constantly amazed at the amount of work and dedication that is required from the team - especially Vicky. This is definitely a labor of love, and it shows. If you are curious, here’s some information about how the station is run.

Back in March of 2011, I joined forces with Bob Silverberg, who was already broadcasting on CodeBass Radio as Bob’s Basement to start a new show called Vitamin Sweet. Vitamin Sweet broadcasts every two weeks and focuses on newly released music. Being someone who loves music and buys a lot of it, I thought this fit well. It has, though it turns out to be a lot of work (and somewhat costly) to find a show’s worth of newly released songs every two weeks. Thankfully, my dedicated partner on the show, Bob Silverberg, handles the difficult aspects of managing our broadcast - I just pick songs and call in. Nonetheless, I have really enjoyed and am proud of having played a small part in CodeBass Radio.

As it happens, we are broadcasting an all new Vitamin Sweet (recorded live) this morning at 10 am Eastern. Whether or not you can listen this morning, I hope you’ll help support this effort by your fellow developer community and spread the word. Thanks!

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Social Sharing that Sucks Less with Socialite.js

Posted on Jun 21, 2012

If you have a content site like a blog, for example, integrating social sharing buttons have become a necessary evil. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Twitter as much as the next guy (I tolerate Facebook while grudgingly participate in LinkedIn and some others) but cluttering your page with a variety of buttons for sharing is usually an eye-sore but necessary if you want people to find and share your content. However, the lack of visual appeal is only one of the potential problems with these buttons. The other is that they all rely on third-party scripts being loaded that can potentially block the loading of your content.

There are a number of articles that document the problem with loading third-party scripts, and I'll cover that topic very briefly here. Thankfully though, if you want to quickly and easily add social sharing buttons to your content without blocking your content, David Bushell has created a small JavaScript library called Socialite.js that will help you do this. This article will show you how to use Socialite.js to load in the common social networks that are built-in and how to load a pre-existing extension to expand the network support.

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Best of JavaScript, HTML5 & CSS3 - Week of June 11, 2012

Posted on Jun 18, 2012

This week is seriously filled to the brim with tutorials, many focused on new HTML5 and CSS3 features and a number on various frameworks. I am attending An Event Apart Boston today through Wednesday, so if you happen to be attending, please say hello.

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Best of JavaScript, HTML5 & CSS3 - Week of June 4, 2012

Posted on Jun 11, 2012

This week's picks feature some interesting new tools and libraries including jQuery++ and Bunyip, some good discussion of client-side storage from Pamela Fox, a CSS style guide worth checking out from Alex Young and a new issue of the Appliness digital magazine  - among many others.

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My name is Brian Rinaldi and I am the Web Community Manager for Flash Platform at Adobe. I am a regular blogger, speaker and author. I also founded RIA Unleashed conference in Boston. The views expressed on this site are my own & not those of my employer.