40: The io.js Roadmap

Dan Shaw, Co-founder and President of NodeSource, and Mikeal Rogers, Creator & Curator of NodeConf & JSFest, join us to talk about io.js and node.js. It’s been awhile since the the forking of the Node project last Thanksgiving. Now, version 2.0 of io.js is about to release and many of us have more questions about the project.

 

Will the two projects reconcile or will they become separate entities? What future do we look to? Find out what we need to know and what we need to do to get ready.

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Direct download: episode-40_the-iojs-roadmap.mp3
Category:JavaScript -- posted at: 11:44am EST
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39: Famo.us Mobile Performance & Mixed Mode

Steve Newcomb, CEO at Famo.us, joins us for a second time with software engineer Michael O’Brien to talk about the changes in the framework. Moving toward what Famo.us calls “MIxed Mode”, which will debut in the upcoming framework 0.4 release, will allow developers to utilize the power of WebGL combined with the DOM. Essentially this means using the right tool for the right render target. “Mixed Mode” is not the only news Famo.us has to share.

 

As we know from episode 17 of our podcast, Famo.us is always pushing the boundaries of imagination and what is possible. The 0.4 release will also have front end containers very similar to Flash but with editing capabilities. Famo.us Hub, a new service being released, Famo.us JQuery Wdgets,  and so much more is almost at our developer fingertips.  

 

Release 0.4 will be 25kb minified and provide an extremely versatile set of tools for us to use as developers. The biggest announcement though is quite simpler but very relevant….Famo.us is now MIT licensed!

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Rachel Nabors - Master Web Animation Wizard, speaker & her own boss at Tin Magpie

Direct download: episode-39_famous-mobile-performance-and-mixed-mode.mp3
Category:JavaScript -- posted at: 7:25am EST
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38: Aurelia.io

Rob Eisenberg (@EisenbergEffect) recently released a framework that focuses on standardization & swappable modules. Rob is no stranger to framework building, having created the popular JavaScript framework Durandal.js and more recently having helped develop Angular 2.

 

Aurelia has a great story. It uses ES6/ES7 JavaScript standards so you are coding with raw JavaScript. Templates use the template HTML tag and bindings are handled by pure JavaScript Template Strings. The framework itself is very barebones and can easily work with other libraries, frameworks, or modules outside Aurelia. This approach is very different than what we’ve seen from todays application or component frameworks.

 

Rob talks with us about this ‘spiritual successor’ project of Durandal, why it was created, and how it can be used today.

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Special Thanks to our community friends Webbear1000, Souldrinker, and zewa666 for their questions and contributions on Gitter.

Direct download: episode-38_aurelia.mp3
Category:JavaScript -- posted at: 4:21pm EST

24: ServiceWorkers and High Performance Offline Apps

Offline access for applications is becoming more and more necessary for web development today due to increasing client usability demands. The HTML AppCache are a partial solution but is very sticky, often provides stale data and is not dynamic or adaptable. Developers can easily find themselves doing hacks with the deprecated Web SQL API, IndexedDB, & localStorage or a framework like Hood.ie to achieve a fully supported offline application.

 

Jake Archibald (@jaffathecake), Google software engineer, wrote an infamous article on A List Apart about the inadequacies of AppCache. This turned into the beginnings of ServiceWorker, an API for offline access that provides “scriptable primitives that make it possible for application developers to build URL-friendly, always-available applications in a sane and layered way.” ServiceWorkers allow developers to to make sites work faster and/or offline and also use network intercepting as a basis for other 'background' features such as push messaging and background sync

Jake, along with Google Engineer, Alex Russell (@slightlylate) & Mozilla engineers Anne Van Kesteren (@annevk) & Ben Kelly (@wanderview) talk about ServiceWorker’s current state and how we will use it in our applications.

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Support in browsers - https://jakearchibald.github.io/isserviceworkerready/

Direct download: episode-24_serviceworkers-and-high-performance-offline-apps.mp3
Category:JavaScript -- posted at: 3:01pm EST

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