Ending This SlowNews Experiment
This is the last issue of this SlowNews format. I may or may not try a new format. I’ve written a bit more about why.
A Collection of Redis Use Cases
Mathias Meyer’s Collection of Redis Use Cases provides a great collection of examples to give you an idea of where you might apply Redis in your own applications. In the “Not Only SQL” movement, Redis is a good tool to have in your toolbox.
Using node.js To Bootstrap a Server from Client Code
Dion Almaer wrote up the experience he and Ben Galbraith had in creating the Project Appetite site for Palm WebOS developers. Following the modern style of having the client do presentation and the web server just providing an API, they could work on client and server independently. It turns out that a quick way to get a server up and running was just to reuse client-side code on the server (in this case, using node.js).
Making Facebook 2x Faster
Jason Sobel gives the rundown on a 2009 project to make Facebook’s pages load twice as fast. This is a good account of what it can take to make a speedy site.
Thoughtworkers Subjective Impressions of VCS
Having trouble picking a version control system (VCS) for your next project? Martin Fowler has posted some general impressions that Thoughtworks people have picked up while working on client projects. I’ve worked on a variety of projects using a variety of tools (RCS, CVS, ClearCase, Subversion, Bazaar-NG, Mercurial, Git) and Martin’s roundup meshes pretty well with my own impressions.
Canviz: graphviz on Canvas
Need to produce a directed graph? Only care about the “modern” browsers? Then canviz is for you! Canviz is open source (MIT license) and lets you create a variety of graphs just as you can with the graphviz project, but entirely client side.
HTML5 Web Sockets Spec Reimagined
Tim Bray dove into the HTML5 spec and found a number of new features that he liked. He also went deep on the Web Sockets spec in particular, going so far as to produce an alternate version of the spec to make things clearer. Looking at Tim’s alternate, there’s a lot that he left alone.
State of Mono
Miguel de Icaza has written up an overview of what’s been going on with the Mono project. It looks to me like the Mono platform is still evolving quite nicely. If you happen to be near Ann Arbor on Thursday, February 25th, you can learn about the state of .NET web development at the a2
10 Online Code Editors
There has been a lot of development in web-based code editors, and I think this space will just get busier as time goes on. Here’s a roundup of 10 online code editors, including screenshots. ObDisclaimer: I’m the project lead for Bespin.
- git 1.7
- jQuery Quicksand plugin – nice visual effect for filtering and sorting
- Zen Coding 0.6 – adds filters, new editor support and a bunch of other features
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