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Jan 20

ChallengeStar Case Study

By on January 20, 2017 12:04 pm

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To quote¬†professional zoologist Jim Fowler, “The biggest challenge is how to affect public attitudes and make people care.” When a small startup has a big idea, they run into an even bigger challenge. They want to change the public attitude towards charities and engage people on multiple levels, but it won’t happen unless they come up with a solution. SitePen understood the challenge, and better yet, had the expertise to help the startup be successful.

Dec 20

SeleniumConf 2016 Recap

By on December 20, 2016 7:03 am

Selenium¬†is the leading tool for browser and mobile app automation and functional testing. Each year the Selenium community gets together to talk about emerging trends with Selenium and testing best practices in general. This year’s event was held in London at the Mermaid Theatre along the Thames. The conference provided an excellent opportunity to meet the key members of the Selenium team and other people and companies focused on testing. Here are some highlights from this year’s conference.

Nov 16

Web Summit Recap

By on November 16, 2016 1:23 pm

Now in its 7th year, Web Summit is the world’s largest web conference, with more than 50,000 people in attendance. The conference possibly draws inspiration from SXSW Interactive, with a European twist. Each year it brings¬†an impressive agenda of speakers and attendees from around the world. It has become an event that attracts startups and established companies, making it a hot spot¬†to meet many people in the tech industry.

Nov 1

Connect.Tech 2016 recap

By on November 1, 2016 6:54 am

I was back in Atlanta a couple weeks ago for Connect.Tech, the largest JavaScript focused conference in the southeast with nearly 1,000 attendees and 11 concurrent sessions. Connect.Tech is a community conference and covers a wide variety of topics over two days. This year I was invited to speak on the topics Composition vs. Inheritance and Testing ES6 and TypeScript Code with Intern.

Oct 26

Exploring WebVR

By on October 26, 2016 12:12 pm

This October, we delivered meetup talks on WebVR in London and Phoenix on the same day to share our early efforts in exploring WebVR with TypeScript, Dojo 2, Intern, and A-Frame.

What is WebVR?

WebVR is an experimental JavaScript API that provides access to Virtual Reality (VR) devices, such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, and¬†Google Cardboard. These VR devices are used with your web browser. Native browser support is currently limited to experimental releases of Chrome, Firefox, and Samsung Internet Browser for Gear VR. You can¬†also try it using shims that add support to today’s browsers. WebVR is not another graphics rendering engine, but instead adds APIs that support rendering VR scenes with WebGL in the¬†web browser’s Canvas.

Oct 7

SafetyNet 2016 recap

By on October 7, 2016 8:41 am

SafetyNet is an annual conference hosted by Pulsiam and is focused on trends in software for the safety industry. Because of our expertise in shaping the modern web and our ongoing work with Pulsiam’s application development efforts, I was invited to deliver a keynote about the past, present, and future of the web, as this industry begins to transition to web-based solutions.

Sep 29

Improving TypeScript modules

By on September 29, 2016 3:15 pm

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One of the main challenges with creating modern JavaScript web applications is the relatively incomplete approach to ES modules. As an interim solution until all necessary use cases are solved, many developers create source code with ESM, and then transpile to either AMD, CJS, or UMD for easy usage within today’s browsers. As we work on creating Dojo 2 in a manner that is easy to use for both TypeScript and JavaScript users, one challenge we faced was how to support loader plugins and/or other dynamic module loading. AMD has long supported loader plugin syntax, and SystemJS supports loader plugins as well as System.import.