A busy week of tutorials even despite the short week (the last update posted on Tuesday due to the holiday), mostly focused on using libraries or frameworks – many using Node. In fact, I think future updates may break out a specific Node section for tutorials. I spent late last week at the Blend Conference, which I highly recommend. There was a lot of talk among designers about Reflow and Photoshop, and not coincidentally a new update focused on improving the integration between the two launched today.
Carlos Cessa shows how to use the Dropbox datastore API to share user saved data across Dropbox connected devices.
Dropbox Datastores and Drop-Ins
Mary Lou demonstrates an example layout where neighboring sections are positioned horizontally next to each other and slide into view
Sliding Horizontal Layout.
Libraries and Frameworks
Clliff Meyers shows how to mock server side dependencies to simplify local development of SPA’s through a sample app.
Retro Game Music using Web Audio and Band.js
Aurelio De Rosa shows the new and old ways of creating and using custom filters for DOM elements in jQuery.
Creating Custom Filters in jQuery
Jack Franklin explores Browserify as an alternative to using RequireJS and shares his experiences.
Dependency Management with Browserify
Robert Kowalski discusses some recent features added to npm.
New Features in npm
Thomas Davis shows how you can update models and collections in real-time by integrating Backbone and PubNub.
Real-Time Backbone With PubNub
Guillaume Besson walks through how to build a chat service using Node.js and Websockets via Socket.io.
Using Node.js and Websockets to Build a Chat Service
Greg Smith explains how Node.js makes it easier to write tests for network code in his work on the Cloak project.
How Nodejs Makes Network Code More Testable
Christophe Coenraets shares a demo and code of how he implemented pull-to-refresh in a PhoneGap application using Topcoat.
Pull-to-Refresh in PhoneGap and Topcoat Applications
PhoneGap 3.0 included a lot of significant changes. Holly Schinsky goes over the details of the things you need to know.
PhoneGap 3.0 – Stuff You Should Know
Raymond Camden shows how to use the Panels widget which is one of the newer features in jQuery Mobile.
Working with jQuery Mobile Panels
New and Updated Libraries and Projects
FruitJS is a documentation generator built in Node that confverts documentation in Markdown into a nice site.
Brackets Sprint 30 includes improved find/replace, open with Brackets on Windows and experimental live development for HTML.
Brackets Sprint 30 Build
heimcontrol.js does home automation with Raspberry PI and Arduino using Node.js, MongoDB, HTML5 and Websockets.
The latest episode of Topic Undefined (aka The Episode of Doom), a web and mobile developer podcast I do with Raymond Camden, is up.
Topic Undefined – Episode 4
The latest updates to Photoshop and Reflow including a newly reimagined integrated workflow between the two products.
Photoshop & Reflow
The September issue of Appliness features a ton of great tutorials and an interview with Vitaly Friedman.
September issue Featuring Smashing Magazine Editor Vitaly Friedman
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