20: Mozilla Brick, ‘UIKit’ for The Web

Matt Claypotch (@potch), Mozilla Apps Engineer & Lead on Mozilla Brick Project and Soledad Penades(@supersole), GIF Hacktivist & Mozilla Apps Engineer, join us for Episode 20, “Mozilla Brick, ‘UIKit’ for The Web”, where we talk about building UI focused Web Components for the Mobile First Web Development.

 

Mozilla Brick is a set of ‘Mobile First’ focused Web Components built as close to the specs as possible. It is not a library built on top of web components but a collection of elements with as little abstraction as possible. Brick's goal has been to make building the interface of web applications easier. UI is not as easy for many developers to build from scratch and it can be difficult to get performant, usable, and attractive widgets.

 

“Just as native platforms have UI toolkits, Brick aims to provide a 'UIKit for the Web' using the latest standards to make authoring webapp UI easier than ever before.”

 

The Mozilla Brick Team

Resources

Firefox OS Marketplace example app - https://marketplace.firefox.com/app/firesea-irc?src=search

Direct download: episode-20-mozilla-brick-uikit-for-the-web.mp3
Category:web-components -- posted at: 9:40am EST
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19: Node.js Application Security

Chetan Karande (@karande_c), talks about Node.js App security and ways developers can prevent attacks. He goes into detail about working with Express.js in particular, NodeGoat, & his work with OWASP. Chetan is a team lead and senior software engineer at Omgeo and frequently speaks at conferences about JavaScript, Front End Technologies, Java, & Node.js.

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Direct download: episode-19_nodejs-application-security.mp3
Category:nodejs -- posted at: 3:59pm EST
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18: ORTC & WebRTC Deep Dive with Tsahi Levent-Levi

We covered the basics of WebRTC (Web Real Time Communication) & Real Time Application Development in episode 7 of the podcast with Agility Feat and now, with the recent news that Microsoft has decided to start implementing ORTC (Object Real Time Communication), we felt it was time to get a closer look at this ‘peer-to-peer’ technology and how we can start using it today. ORTC is an ‘evolution’ of WebRTC (AKA Web RTC 1.1) and it changes a few things to the underlying way Web RTC works. Despite this, ORTC seems to retain all of its previous API’s and functionality.

 

Our guest Tsahi Levent-Levi (@tsahil) goes through the API's associated with ORTC, sharing his experiences with each piece of the technology. He takes us through possible client strategies ,deployment 'gotchas', what is relevant and working today, the misconceptions, and the power of peer-to-peer communication & media interactivity.   

 

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Direct download: episode-18_ortc-and-webrtc_deep-dive-with-tsahil-levent-levi.mp3
Category:realtime -- posted at: 8:19am EST
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17: The Famo.us vision of "Mobile First"

Defender of Magic, wizardry and the web, and CEO of Famo.us, Steve Newcomb (@stevenewcomb), walks us through the current state of Famo.us. Steve talks about how they are innovating the web and what we can expect in the future of “mobile first” web development from Famo.us.

 

Famo.us utilizes the power of a Virtual DOM combined with several engines that optimize the power of “cpu bound” performance. Famo.us claims to have mobile performance improvements that eliminate ‘janky’ animations and blur the lines between native device apps and mobile web apps.

 

Steve goes on to talk about how in April Famo.us will be releasing several features that will enable designers to easily pair with developers and also a new way of building with the framework that will “marry” native and web technology. “Mixed Mode” is a breakthrough for the team and apps built with this new feature will likely have native or even better than native UX & performance.

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Direct download: episode-17_the-famous-vision-of-mobile-first.mp3
Category:JavaScript -- posted at: 9:59am EST
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16: Measures of Success in Pair Programming

Pair Programming is an agile software development technique in which two programmers work together on the same development work at the same time. Many variants exist for this practice, each having there own merits and drawbacks.

 

From a business perspective, many companies are skeptical and critical of this practice because it incurs cost. Whether that cost is measured by time or by labor hours, determining a measure of success for pair programming is not an easy thing to do. In a world where metrics and numbers define ‘the bottom line’ it is no surprise that pair programming is not used everywhere.

 

What does it provide for the business of product & software development? The benefits definitely outweigh the drawbacks from a developer perspective. Our Evan Light talks about the aspects of testing practices in pairing, tools, and many other secrets to unlocking the power pairing.

 

Evan Light (@elight) is a software developer with nearly 20 years of professional experience. Having a passion for community service, Evan has spent several years as a volunteer EMT. In 2008 Evan founded the Ruby DCamp “unconference” which he continues to organize and run each year. He is a respected member of the Ruby programming community and has spoken at several Ruby-related conferences over the years.

 

Evan has an extensive background in remote pair programming and recently spoke at RubyNation in Silver Springs, Maryland on the subject. Evan’s talk was titled “Remote Pairing From the Comfort of Your Own Shell” where he spoke about his challenges & experiences in pair programming over the years and what has tools he uses today.

Resources

eXtreme Programming Explained - http://www.amazon.com/Extreme-Programming-Explained-Embrace-Change/dp/0201616416

Pomodoro technique -

Agile Definition of Pair Programming -  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pair_programming

#PairWithMe - http://www.pairprogramwith.me/

Ruby DCamp - http://rubydcamp.org and http://evan.tiggerpalace.com/articles/2012/10/06/the-dcamp-manifesto/

Vagrant - https://www.vagrantup.com/

Tmux - http://tmux.sourceforge.net/

Tmate - http://tmate.io/

Vimux - https://github.com/benmills/vimux

My .emacs.d - https://github.com/elight/.emacs.d

Pomodoro Technique - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique

RubyMine - https://www.jetbrains.com/ruby/

Readme Driven Development - https://oncletom.io/talks/2014/okfestival/#/

J.B. Rainsberger “Integration Tests are a Scam” - http://vimeo.com/80533536

nitrous.io - https://www.nitrous.io/

Screen Hero - https://screenhero.com/

RubyNaition - http://www.rubynation.org/schedule/index

Pairing Staircase - http://itnaut.com/pairing_staircase

Evan on Twitter - https://twitter.com/elight: @elight

 

Evan’s Site - http://tripledogdare.net or http://evan.tiggerpalace.com

 

Direct download: episode-16_measures-of-success-in-pair-programing.mp3
Category:pair-programming -- posted at: 12:35am EST
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