Web Development News September 2010 B

Below is some interesting news from the latter half of September.

JavaScript

Mozilla is pushing Promote JS, a new crowd-sourced SEO solution to the problem of good JavaScript documentation. The problem is many sites have cookie-cutter JavaScript documentation that explains how to do something, but not how it works or why. Additionally, as these sites age, the links begin to rot. Mozilla maintains really excellent documentation, and keeps it up to date. Put this badge on your site to help promote it:

JavaScript JS Documentation

Standards

Ajaxian posted an article describing how to implement progressive enhancement for a site, using nothing but JavaScript: http://ajaxian.com/archives/progressive-enhancement-using-nothing-but-javascript

Browsers

Narcissus is a new JavaScript engine by Mozilla that includes the experimental and most cutting edge JavaScript features. To play with it you can download the Zaphod plugin.

Libraries

RaphaelJs (one of the best libraries for working with SVG) has been added to YUI 3: http://www.yuiblog.com/blog/2010/09/27/gallery-raphaeljs/

For Fun

Mozilla has announced a Game On 2010 competition for developers to write and deliver a playable JavaScript game by January 11, 2011: https://gaming.mozillalabs.com/

Personal

I have left Mint.com and moved to Votizen.com. It was time for a change, and Votizen is looking to build a tool to fix the voice of the people in American democracy. We are looking for an experience backend/python engineer, especially if you have done continuous deployment in the past. If you are interested, please apply.

Also, sorry to all the blog readers who missed the post last week. About 10 days ago, my hosting service moved me from a 32-bit machine to a 64-bit machine, and somehow my .htaccess file that serves pretty URL for the RSS feed broke. Anyway, it is fixed now and you should be seeing regular updates again.