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21 November, 2017

Handy javascript reference offers some useful references fo approaching some very common tasks in JavaScript, including lots of things that we often needlessly turn to jQuery for.

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29 May, 2013

Data Viz at Digital Dumbo

This week, as the Digital Shoreditch festival draws to a close, a few of us from R/GA got the chance to attend an evening to talk with other London agencies and start-ups about data visualisation. We couldn’t resist the urge to build a little something to take along.

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7 May, 2013

Talking at Jsday Verona

In a few days I’ll be speaking at JSDay in Verona. I’m lucky enough to have another chance to present a version of my Excessive Enhancement talk which I first gave in Brighton way back in November 2011. But isn’t it out of date?

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25 July, 2012

Bootstrapping front-end development with Yeoman

Recently Addy Osmani posted a sneak peek at, which is described as a client-side stack, comprised of tools and frameworks that can help developers build beautiful web applications. For me, this is incredibly timely as at R/GA we have been making some effort to build tools to help us streamline our front-end development efforts, and keep the quality high.

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24 July, 2012

Sketch.js adds convenient canvas rendering

Sketch.js is an open source javascript library which offers some animation utilities. Aimed at making animating with canvas or webgl easier, sketch.js is a lightweight piece of boilerplate code which streamlines a number of common tasks.

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27 May, 2011

Getting started with Node at AsyncJS

Yesterday I had the pleasure of talking about Node at AsyncJS, a meetup of smart and motivated developers and tech enthusiasts in Brighton.

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10 September, 2010

The next generation stack. Is NodeJS ready to go mainstream?

I’ve been building things with web technologies professionally for a little more than 11 years now. In that time, I’ve used a variety of technology stacks with varying degrees of success and comfort. While at university, I was making use of the faculty infrastructure and so was building the simplest of sites on top of Apache on their unix environment. Then as I moved into developing Web applications for a living, I found myself working on Windows NT servers with IIS and ASP. Later on I moved into using the LAMP stack, which after the initial shock to the system, was a revelation and I have never looked back.

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15 February, 2010

Nodejs I just have to use it for something

A little while ago, inspired by Simon Willison’s demo of Nodejs at the FullFrontal conference, I felt the urge to make something, anything, using Nodejs. Nodejs gives lightening fast, event driven IO with Javascript running server-side in the rather nippy V8 Javascript engine. Until Nodejs, I hadn’t seen much need to bring Javascript to the server other than for testing and as a bit of a novelty. Nodejs changed all of that.

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27 July, 2009

Flash v Web. Behind enemy lines

OK, I’m being over dramatic, but sometimes it does feel like I’m on a bit of a stealth mission. Pity that I forgot to bring any stealth! I’ve been working here at The Team for 3 months now and am enjoying myself greatly, but there is an issue that challenges me on a daily basis. That is that we do a lot of Flash work here, and yet I’m a big advocate of using Open Web Technologies.

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13 March, 2009

Leveraging Jquery and Jquery Plugins in TiddlyWiki

The recent release of TiddlyWiki v2.5 included something rather exciting for me: jQuery, the popular Javascript library is now part of the TiddlyWiki core.

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15 February, 2009

Mashing up flickr in the client with jQuery

Recently I saw Tim Stevens post on Twitter about a slide show he had built using his Liveloom application. His slide show grabs some photos from Flickr tagged with ‘Osmosoft’ and then renders them with all manner of visual effects using Flex. While the visual effects available via Tim’s app are impressive, I’m a big advocate of open web standards and enjoy making things from HTML and Javascript, rather than using tools like Flex.

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5 January, 2009

Unobtrusify your Javascript

Recently Jon Lister, a colleague of mine at Osmosoft showed me a website made by his friend Joshua Bradley. The site, used some of the Javscript code from TiddlyWiki’s animation engine to create some nice visual effects. I loved the design, but could see some room for improvement in the implementation. I’m a big advocate of Unobtrusive Javascript and Progressive Enhancement and so I set about producing a quick demo of how a similar result could be achieved in the most Web-kind and accessible way available using jQuery for the behaviors.

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27 August, 2008

Announcing JigglyWiki. A TiddlyWiki experiment with jQuery

Once upon a time I was resistant to the idea of Javascript libraries. That was due to a couple of things. Firstly, I was comfortable with writing the Javascript for my projects myself and didn’t like the idea of relying on someone else’s code which I couldn’t easily inspect. Secondly, at the time there weren’t really any libraries. Then there were a few, but they were all, well, to be blunt, a bit pants.

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16 July, 2008

Get your Task Management wiki

After a bit of a hiatus, I’ve recently been concentrating on developing my pet project, teamtasks again. Teamtasks is a simple application built using Tiddlywik.

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18 April, 2008

Jsspec Bundle for Textmate Helps With Writing

Recently, we at Osmosoft have been trying to make good on one of our pledges: To introduce a unit testing framework to Tiddlywiki development.

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