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16Oct

Now I get mapping and currying…

Posted by Elf Sternberg as Coffeescript, javascript

Okay, so I’m slow to the party.  Forgive me.  I was reading Reginald Braithewaite’s Javascript Allonge and I understood where he was heading long before he got there, and the lightbulbs were going off in my head, and although his technique for getting there was far more verbose than my own, I finally grokked the […]

Coffeescript 1.5.0 was released today, and I have to admit that I find the purpose of the release puzzling in the extreme.  Jeremy has gone full-on Literate Programming, embedding support for LP-style commentary in the compiler.  If there’s one language that doesn’t need Literate Programming, it’s Coffeescript.   The example he gives is terrible; it […]

I really don’t get grunt. What does it do that Makefile doesn’t? As far as I can tell, it does it’s thing in Javascript, which means that programmers don’t have to learn Make’s baroque syntax to get things done, but that also means that it has its own problems with respect to sources, targets, and […]

21Mar

Coffeescript deconstruction of arrays

Posted by Elf Sternberg as javascript

Most people who’ve been using Coffeescript for the past year are probably aware by now of argument deconstruction for objects.  This is a nifty feature of Coffeescript that lets us take this: myfunc = (options) -> @foo = options.foo @bar = options.bar … And instead say this: myfunc = ({@foo, @bar}) -> … In both […]

12Mar

Fridgemagnets 0.4

Posted by Elf Sternberg as javascript

Following hot on the release of Right Now!, I’ve now finished the first draft of the Fridgemagnets client.  This is a very (very!) rough draft with significant performance problems, especially under Firefox, a lack of rotational filters under IE, and is missing some major features: The ability to tweet your poem, the ability to reshuffle […]

03Mar

Right Now 0.5

Posted by Elf Sternberg as javascript, jquery, programming

I’m really itching to get to one of two other projects currently in my personal queue, code-named Ptah or Magnets (you’ll see what they are eventually), but bug reports for Right Now have been coming in fairly quickly, and there have been some quite obvious problems in the code.  The whole “release early, release often” and “your users […]

Quick, what web page do you look at most often in your day-to-day life? Not the one you spend the most time on– that’s probably Facebook or Twitter or something like that. It’s the page you see on a regular basis but pay very little attention to. For me, that page is the “New Tab” […]

22Jan

ToneMatrix for HTML5

Posted by Elf Sternberg as javascript

This morning, I had an attack of SRMD, aka “Mad Scientist’s Disease.” Many moons ago, I admired a lovely little program called ToneMatrix by Andre Michelle. I had Flash envy hard after seeing it, and I wanted to figure out if it was possible to make such a thing using only HTML. Well, with the […]

15Jan

Coffeescript is a gateway drug to Haskell

Posted by Elf Sternberg as javascript

So, I’ve been working my way through Learn You A Haskell For Great Good, and in chapter five there’s a quicksort example that reads: quicksort [] = [] quicksort (x:xs) =            let smallerOrEqual = [a | a

I got a call last night from a recruiter who was looking for “A front end guy: Javascript, HTML, CSS.  But the real kicker is they need someone with experience in Backbone.  Do you know anyone with that?” I said, “Sure. Me.” I told him about the tutorials I had written for Backbone, the current […]


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