Mozilla Hacks Weekly, October 13th 2011

Thursday again, and it’s time for our reading tips!

Weekly links October 13th 2011

If there is anything you think we should read or know about, don’t hesitate to post a comment, contact us on Twitter or through any other mean.
The picks this week are:

Christian Heilmann

A picture of Christian Heilmann jqwerty is a very small library to make it easy to add keyboard controls to your JS solutions. Compatible with jQuery.

If you want to read more tips or discuss the web with Christian, he’s available on Twitter as @codepo8.

Eric “Sheppy” Shepherd

A picture of Eric If keeping up to date with changes to the HTML specification is up your alley, you should follow WHATWG on Twitter; every change gets noted on their Twitter stream.

If you want to read more tips or discuss the web with Eric, he’s available on Twitter as @sheppy.

Havi Hoffman

A picture of Havi Hoffman The Rands Test – not just for managers, and not just for engineering teams experiencing explosive growth, this is an opinionated set of hacks for team collaboration and communication.

If you want to read more tips or discuss the web with Havi, she’s available on Twitter as @freshelectrons

Jay Patel

A picture of Jay Patel Web designers react to Adobe’s acquisition of PhoneGap and TypeKit. Should be interesting to watch what this means for developers and designers looking to adopt HTML5 for their projects.

If you want to read more tips or discuss the web with Jay, he’s available on Twitter as @jaybhai

Jeff Griffiths

A picture of Jeff Griffiths Add-on hacker Loic Duros blogs about an interesting method for implementing content blocking functionality using Jetpack.

If you want to read more tips or discuss the web with Jeff, he’s available on Twitter as @canuckistani.

Rob Hawkes

A picture of Rob Hawkes Brandon Jones has rendered a Team Fortress 2 level using WebGL. The performance is absolutely amazing and an indication of the type of games that could be supported by this technology.

If you want to read more tips or discuss the web with Rob, he’s available on Twitter as @robhawkes.

Robert Nyman

A picture of Robert Nyman Using CORS with All (Modern) Browsers – Great overview how to do Cross-Origin Resource Sharing across web browsers.

If you want to read more tips or discuss the web with Robert, he’s available on Twitter as @robertnyman.

Tristan Nitot

A picture of Tristan Nitot With so much competition between browsers now it’s easy to forget that only one browser vendor is without a fancy stock abbreviation: Mozilla. Learn why being a not-for-profit organization is important for the future of the Web: visit the State of Mozilla report.

If you want to read more tips or discuss the web with Tristan, he’s available on Twitter as @nitot.

About Robin Hawkes

Robin thrives on solving problems through code. He's a Digital Tinkerer, Head of Developer Relations at Pusher, former Evangelist at Mozilla, book author, and a Brit.

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  1. Félix Saparelli

    Re: jwerty or jqwery or whatever it’s called: I started development on a **very** similar library called Yek.js about 2 weeks before the jwerty’s first commit. It’s nowhere as advanced because I stopped and did other stuff, but the working principle is the same. Exactly the same.

    Dunno if it’s coincidence or what, but I just wanted to put it out there… I’m not accusing anyone of copying my idea — but it sure is creepy.

    October 13th, 2011 at 03:02

    1. Robert Nyman

      It’s usually impossible to tell who was first with things, since many developers want to target the same problems, might see some code/demos and get inspired etc.

      If you wonder, though, I recommend talking to the jwerty people and ask.

      October 13th, 2011 at 08:09

    2. Rob Hawkes

      In all honesty I don’t think it matters who got there first with something. Barely anything nowadays is truly unique, and I bet nearly every project out there has been inspired in some way by another project or coding practice.

      I wouldn’t worry about what jqwerty are doing and continue working on your Yek.js project. Having more than one project competing to do the same thing is a good thing! :)

      October 13th, 2011 at 09:23

  2. Rosario Fusca

    Dynamic/static keyboard bindings to functions are old hat. Heard of emacs? I agree with Rob – the more projects the merrier.

    BTW not ‘jqwerty’ – actually ‘jwerty’.

    October 13th, 2011 at 22:32

    1. Félix Saparelli

      Heard of the web? It’s computers’ history all over again. One of these days we’ll have WebMonad, the tiling tab manager. Oh wait — isn’t that called Windows 8? Well, then, we’ll put tabs on a cube. How about wobbly Tab Groups?

      October 17th, 2011 at 08:57

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