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Jul 14

Mocking data with Intern

By on July 14, 2014 11:43 am

When writing tests for an application, it’s prudent to add mock or stub data in order to allow code to be properly tested in isolation from other parts of the system. Within a normal Dojo application, there are typically three places where mocking will occur: I/O requests, stores, and module dependencies.

Jul 9

FAQ: How can I create a JSONP service-based store?

By on July 9, 2014 11:16 am

DojoFAQ

Dojo’s store API is a common interface for providing data to user interface widgets, such as dgrid, Dijit Select, and Dojo Charting. The beauty of having a consistent API is that once you’ve defined an interface for a data source, that data becomes easily available to all widgets that support the store API. We’re going to look at how you can create a basic, read-only dojo/store API-compliant module for accessing GitHub’s API (specifically, GitHub issues), an example of implementing your own Dojo store.

Jul 2

Dojo FAQ: Dynamically loading CSS

By on July 2, 2014 11:46 am

DojoFAQ

In large JavaScript applications, it can be beneficial to dynamically load CSS stylesheets. For example, if a certain JavaScript widget, such as a complex grid, uses a large standalone stylesheet for its display aesthetics, it would be optimal to only load this stylesheet if the widget is in use, rather than always including the CSS source on each application load.

Jul 1

Intern 2.0 released

By on July 1, 2014 12:31 pm

We’re happy to officially announce the release of Intern 2.0. This is our most ambitious version yet, with brand new libraries to improve test reliability and performance, new features to make debugging instrumented or compiled code easier, and more!

  • Installation times have been reduced by 25%
  • Proxy server performance sending static files has been improved by 55%
  • CommonJS modules now receive full code coverage analysis and reporting
  • Stack traces on test failures now provide accurate line/column information back to the original source code using source maps
  • BrowserStack is now supported out of the box
  • TestingBot is now supported out of the box
  • Chai as Promised is now supported by the functional testing interface
  • Bugs and issues related to the WD.js library, like poor error reporting, no longer exist

For more information on this release, including a full list of enhancements, bug fixes, and upgrade advice, visit the release notes. While this is a new major release with a few backwards-incompatible changes, we’ve taken extra care to make sure that only a very small number of tweaks are necessary for an initial upgrade from Intern 1 (usually just updating the tunnel configuration), so in less than 15 minutes you should be up and running with everything that Intern 2 has to offer.

If you or your team would like assistance upgrading your test suite to use all the features of Intern 2, or if you are looking to have a new feature added to Intern, SitePen is here to help with expert advice, support, and custom development services. Get in touch today to learn how we can help.

Jun 24

REST tips

By on June 24, 2014 11:50 am

At SitePen, we have long been advocates for building web applications on a RESTful architecture. Over the last several years, it has been exciting to see organizations increasingly provide RESTful endpoints for the Dojo-based front-ends that we support and develop. A well-designed REST backend can be a excellent foundation for manageable, scalable applications, that will be ready to evolve into the future. I wanted to share a few tips for designing a set of RESTful services.

Jun 18

Dojo FAQ: Does Dojo have routing like Backbone and Ember

By on June 18, 2014 11:42 am

DojoFAQ

A client-side router allows an application to respond to changes in the URL, handling browser navigation, history, and making single page applications bookmarkable. The user can share the URL or use it to quickly navigate to specific states of the application. Many JavaScript frameworks and toolkits, including Dojo, provide a mechanism for registering and handling URL events. Dojo provides routing with the dojo/router module.

Jun 17

Local Database Stores

By on June 17, 2014 10:57 am

Modern browsers have powerful new database capabilities that enable applications to store data locally, and perform advanced indexed queries without a network connection. Applications can be built with offline support without any disruption to data interaction, including searching. However, these database capabilities have traditionally been difficult to use across browsers since Safari only supports WebSQL (although version 8 is slated to include IndexedDB support), and Firefox and Internet Explorer only support the W3C’s IndexedDB API (Chrome supports both). And these two interfaces couldn’t be more different, making it very problematic to write applications that work offline on all the major browsers.

But, it is now much easier to access these database capabilities. By taking advantage of the consistency of the Dojo object store implementation, in version Dojo toolkit version 1.10, dojox/store now includes object store implementations for IndexedDB and WebSQL, along with a wrapper that will automatically delegate to the appropriate store implementation based on browser support. With a single common interface, you can retrieve, update, add, and delete objects, and even perform sophisticated queries in exactly the same way with the different underlying storage implementations.

Jun 11

Dojo FAQ: Does Dojo support directives like Angular?

By on June 11, 2014 12:00 pm

DojoFAQ

Most JavaScript frameworks have a mechanism for building reusable UI components that can be instantiated in your application. In AngularJS the reusable UI component is known as a directive. When you define a directive, you are creating a reusable UI component within your application. Angular allows you to declaratively use a directive in your HTML markup.

Dojo has a similar mechanism for creating reusable UI components called Dijits. Dijits can also be used declaratively in HTML and the Dojo parser will instantiate the Dijit for you.