Goodby jQuery Templates, Hello JsRender
A funny thing happened on my way to the jQuery website, I blinked and a feature was dropped: jQuery Templates have been discontinued. The new pretender to the throne is JsRender.
HTML 5 and jQuery – A Match Made in Heaven
I recently attended an ASP.NET MVC seminar hosted by the Twin Cities .Net User Group. The speaker was K. Scott Allen. Scott is a charismatic, gifted speaker and did a great job. You can always pick up useful items when watching an expert write a program from scratch.
Five Phases of Developer Maturity
I generally don't post stuff like this but…what the hell…
Learning to Like Linq or, Loving the Linq Loquacious
Once upon a time, long, long ago, I was working at a company that gave their engineers some shiny, state-of-the-art, new-fangled HP calculators. They were awesome; instead of battery-draining LEDs for display, they used something called an LCD. And, they had buttons galore: more buttons than any other calculator at that time. We positively drooled at their appearance. They looked something like this:
Five Bucks says you’ll Bookmark this Site: jsFiddle.net
In my never-ending wandering of technical web sites, I've been encountering links to jsFiddle.net more and more. Why? Because it is an incredibly useful site:
jQuery Selector Tester and Cheat Sheet
I've always appreciated these tools: Expresso and XPath Builder. They make designing regular expressions and XPath selectors almost fun! Did I say fun? I meant less painful. Being able to paste/load text and then interactively play with the search criteria is infinitely better than the code/compile/run/test cycle. It's faster and you get a much better feel for how the expressions work.
Create Image Maps with GIMP
Having a clickable image in a web page is not a big deal. Having an image in a web page with clickable hotspots is a big deal. The powerful GIMP editor has a tool to make creating clickable hotspots much easier.
The jQuery ‘live(…)’ Function
Web.Config is Cached
There was a question from a student over on the Asp.Net forums about improving site performance. The concern was that every time an app setting was read from the Web.Config file, the disk would be accessed. With many app settings and many users, it was believed performance would suffer.
Passing Strings by Ref
Humbled yet again…DOH! No matter how much experience you acquire, no matter how smart you may be, no matter how hard you study, it is impossible to keep fully up to date on all the nuances of the technology we are exposed to. There will always be gaps in our knowledge: Little 'dead zones' of uncertainty. For me, this time, it was about passing string parameters to functions. I thought I knew this stuff cold. First, a little review...