This week was filled with articles and tutorials around any number of libraries, tools and frameworks including jQuery, Grunt, Ember, Node and more. New releases include jQuery 2.0 which drops legacy IE support and hand.js, a polyfill for pointer events. Enjoy!
Raymond Camden shows how to build a Google Maps proof-of-concept application that has multiple updating markers.
Building a Google Maps Application with Updating Markers
Mary Lou demonstrates how to build a space-saving, responsive multi-level menu.
Responsive Multi-Level Menu
Checking for undefined: === versus typeof versus falsiness
Chris Coyier discusses several techniques for using custom fonts without a performance hit.
Preventing the Performance Hit from Custom Fonts
TJ VanToll posts a comprehensive reference of CSS pseudo-elements to style form controls on various browser engines.
List of Pseudo-Elements to Style Form Controls
Anush creates a good reference on all the available CSS Selectors and how to use them.
Chris Coyier uses ::before and ::after CSS pseudo elements to create line-on-sides Headers.
Libraries and Frameworks
Peter Keating shows how you can automate CSSCSS redundancy checks using his Grunt plugin.
Automating CSSCSS using Grunt
Remy Sharp discusses the evolution of his use of jQuery and when and where it is most useful or beneficial to rely on it.
I know jQuery. Now what?
Ryan Anklam walks through how to get started creating tasks in Grunt to automate your workflow.
Kick Ass Cross-Platform Workflow With Grunt
Christophe Coenraets shows how to build RESTFul services powered by Node.js, MongoDB and the Express framework.
Implementing RESTFul Services with Node.js and MongoDB
Alex Young starts a new tutorial series building a feed reader with AngularJS, YQL and Yeoman.
AngularJS: Let's Make a Feed Reader
Rey Bango continues his tutorial series on learning Ember.js by covering accessing and managing data within Ember.
Getting Into Ember.js: Part 3
Ariya Hidayat shows how to use PhantomJS to capture web pages as images and even how to limit the captured area.
Web Page Clipping with PhantomJS
Christophe Coenraets does a major overhaul of his very popular sample Backbone.js and Twitter Bootstrap application.
Sample Application with Backbone.js and Twitter Bootstrap: Updated and Improved
Dave explains a new SproutCore feature, classNameBindings, that adds/removes CSS classes based upon local properties.
classNameBindings: Dynamic CSS classes made easy
Posted part 6 of my guide to creating your first mobile app with PhoneGap Build which covers using the storage API.
Create Your First Mobile App with PhoneGap Build – Using the Storage API
Tomomi Imura covers handling touch events versus mouse events versus the new pointer events proposal.
Touchy-Feely with DOM Events: Rethinking Cross-Device User Interaction
New and Updated Libraries and Frameworks
The new jQuery is smaller, lighter and faster but in exchange leaves behind support for IE 6, 7 and 8.
jQuery 2.0 Released
Packery uses the uses a bin-packing algorithm to allow you to create complex layouts.
Hand.js is a polyfill for supporting Pointer Events for handling mouse, pen and touch input.
Hand.js: a polyfill for supporting pointer events on every browser
tus aims to create an open protocol, as well as client and server implementations for resumable file uploading.
Handling Uploads Sucks
Andrew Trice shows how to add gesture support in Edge Animate compositions using hammer.js.
Enabling Gestures in Edge Animate Compositions
Raymond Camden shares a proof of concept Brackets extension that relies on the built-in Node support.
Proof of Concept - Connecting a Node app with Brackets
Christian Cantrell shares a video to introduce CSS FilterLab for creating custom CSS Filters.
CSS FilterLab: A Visual Playground for Custom Filters