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Monthly Archives: July 2013

announcing a2z

by Rob Friesel

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a little JavaScript library called a2z for creating ranges of characters and published it to npm. I was inspired by a rather painful bit of code I had come across where each letter in the alphabet had been specified one at a time. While I could see that […]

dream.20130725: Fish Picnic

by Rob Friesel

You’re at a pool party. One of your co-workers/team-mates pulls you aside. He knows a secret. (“Well, more of a rumor but…”) The Company has recently come into a large-ish stockpile of intercontinental ballistic missiles. With nuclear warheads. And they’ve been buying up retired quarries in Barre as places to cache those weapons. They’re calling […]

Linkdump for July 24th

by Rob Friesel

Making Maven Grunt. Fantastic Addy Osmani post with tips on integrating Grunt, Yeoman, and Bower into otherwise-Maven-based projects. Straightforward and useful. (tagged: Grunt Bower Maven Yeoman JavaScript ) JavaScript Isn’t Scheme I'm not going to quote it. Just read it. (Although by now you almost certainly have since I'm about 2 days behind on this […]

review: Functional JavaScript

by Rob Friesel

Just like it says on the tin, Functional JavaScript (Michael Fogus1; O’Reilly, 2013) is just that: a book about writing JavaScript in a functional style with Underscore.js as the foundational library to give you some of the higher-order functions you need to get started.2 First, a disclosure: I have a very personal relationship with this […]

dream.20130716: lock the doors

by Rob Friesel

They’re coming. (It’s coming?) A storm gathers. Evening settles in. It is darker in the house than outside. But you know that the night advances along with the storm and the night brings a terror with it. You are but a scared child. Mother claims the doors are already locked but you know that it […]

Linkdump for July 12th

by Rob Friesel

Do the right thing, Wait to get fired Brendan Sterne: In general these rules are better than the alternative – no guideposts or structure. They help new managers and teams to function effectively. They push employees to do things in a good way. But greatness rarely happens by following rules, process and structure. That is […]

Linkdump for July 8th

by Rob Friesel

Five Patterns to Help You Tame Asynchronous JavaScript Decent post by Jim Coward (writing for the Tech.pro blog) covering callbacks, the observer pattern, messaging, promises, and finite state machines — all as approaches to dealing with your async JavaScript. It's a decent read and is a fairly comprehensive survey. There is some nit-picking that can […]