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Feb 1

Meet the Team: Nita Tune

By on February 1, 2016 1:50 pm

We’d like to introduce you to a gal who’s always bringing wit and interesting conversation to the table. She’s a rocking project manager and an expert at keeping our clients and team happy. Aside from her work at SitePen, she has an ongoing list of amazing talents. Everyone, get ready to meet Nita!

Jan 13

Simplified Dijit Functional Testing

By on January 13, 2016 10:03 am

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One of the nice features of testing with Intern and Leadfoot is the ease of authoring functional tests to mimic end-user behavior. The API for retrieving relevant DOM nodes is relatively straightforward, usually with a single line of code needed to get a reference to the relevant node.

When we started writing tests for Dijit, we realized that it was often a fair amount of boilerplate to get references to specific widget instances, attach points within those widgets, and property values of widgets. One of the advantages of Intern is you can integrate this boilerplate into a helper. So, we set out to create a simple Intern helper utility to make these operations as efficient to author as normal functional tests.

Jan 7

Meet the Team: Nick Nisi

By on January 7, 2016 1:55 pm

Do you know anyone that has the ability to make everyone smile? Can throw hilarious animated gifs into a chat conversation in less than a second? Who’s just plain fun to hang out with? We do! It’s Nick!

The first time we met, he was ready to bob for apples… in a horse mask. That same week he won a contest for funniest halloween costume (and trust me, it was pretty hilarious). Though we appreciate the many fun qualities that add to his amazing personality, there’s much more to Nick than witty puns and comical surprises. C’mon and see for yourself!

Jan 4

SitePen Podcast Episode 007

By on January 4, 2016 12:37 pm

In this episode the gang talks about Torrey’s broken finger, const and let, cutting through the FUD on CSS3 Variables, TypeScript support in IntelliJ and more!

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Dec 11

JSConf Last Call

By on December 11, 2015 1:59 pm

Last weekend at the Omni resort on Amelia Island, FL, the last JSConf US took place. The Williams family is no longer able to run this conference, so with much sadness it will not be continuing in its current form. The JavaScript community legacy they have left behind is nothing short of astounding. With currently 30 listed events worldwide in the JSConf family, and more in the planning stages, the idea of building compassionate, creative communities of experts has truly caught on like a wildfire in the JavaScript community.

Dec 10

HalfStack Conference Recap

By on December 10, 2015 10:22 am

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Picture this: 100+ developers and their phones and laptops making crashing noises playing a live-created clone of Flappy Bird. Now picture the same devices working together to create a live MIDI concert, followed by a challenging and fun JavaScript pub quiz.

All of this happened at HalfStack, a one-day JavaScript conference organized by the London Ajax User Group. For over five years, London Ajax has organized monthly meetup events, followed by more discussion time in the pub. In the spirit of London culture, the conference was hosted in a Shoreditch area pub at Corbet Place Bar & Lounge (in the former Truman Brewery).

Dec 9

Chrome Dev Summit 2015 Recap

By on December 9, 2015 12:00 pm

I recently attended the Chrome Dev Summit conference in Mountain View, CA, which centered around developing websites for Chrome and the mobile web. The conference was designed to provide attendees the opportunity to talk with the developers working on Chrome. We were able to provide feedback, as well as better share the true need of web developers. Overall, the conference was wonderful, giving me a great opportunity to learn more from both the talks, as well as speaking with the Chrome team.

The sessions touched on three main topics: service workers, RAIL, and progressive web applications. New features are constantly being developed by various working groups. The conference speakers and developers work directly on experimental features, and they were enthusiastic when explaining their area of expertise. The well chosen topics, combined with the excitement of the speakers, made for a productive conference that proved to be well worth the time.

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