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New JavaScript UI Library

Javascript Library w2ui

I am a big fan of simplicity. Some of my favorite quotes reflect this; “less is more”, “keep it simple”, and “are you going to eat that?”. I live in the land of sushi and believe the world would be healthier if everything people ate had 5 ingredients or less. I don’t own a TV or use a cellphone for anything other than testing new apps and responsive designs. They were both replaced with an iPad.

The best house near me is for a true minimalist. It was built and laid out using a simple grid system that divides the space into three living quarters. The layout feels like the architects were working on a new web design and halfway through decided to create a house instead.

My appreciation for all that is simple gives me a moderate level of enjoyment in introducing the new open source JavaScript UI library called w2ui. It is a nimble 37kb (minified and gziped) which means that the load and execution times will be done in a flash, pun intended. It is 12 times smaller than Ext JS and 6 times smaller than Kendo UI. The w2ui code is licensed under the “if it’s free, it’s for me” license also known as the MIT license.

The w2ui is a complete set of UI widgets for data-driven web applications. Continue Reading →

The Best HTML5 Poster

Best HTML5 Poster

If I had a C++ poster on my wall growing up, I might have had more success with the programming language later in life. Having a firm grasp of the basics in anything you wish to master is crucial for your success. This is why I think the HTML5 Poster Kickstarter project is a fantastic idea. It is raising funds for the printing and distribution of a poster that educates beginners on the basics of HTML5. The object of the project is to get the HTML5 posters in as many public spaces as possible. You can even make a donation that will secure a full color poster for yourself.

There are other HTML5 posters floating around the web but this is the best. It places snippets of code side-by-side with the output they produce so that casual onlookers can understand the cause and effect nature of programming through simple HTML tags. The HTML5 poster makes it easy for newbies to digest and is also easy on the eyes. Continue Reading →

Buy and Sell HTML5 Code

Buy and Sell HTML5 Code

I needed a simple HTML5 web app for an educational website I own. I could have built the app from scratch which would have been fun but too time consuming. I enjoy learning but this project had to be completed in a hurry. I opted instead to buy HTML5 code from CodeCanyon where you can get HTML5 code for as cheap as $3.

Buying HTML5 Code

The beauty of buying HTML5 code on CodeCanyon is that the code has been run through its share of tests. HTML5 is still so new and always evolving that testing and debugging HTML5 code you write can be a challenge. Buying code is definitely a timesaver. Every HTML5 player, uploader, slider, and plugin comes with a list of compatible browsers. Under the item details you can see the changelog, current version, updates, features, author comments, and star rating. There are also tabs for FAQ and user comments. I love the comments section because it saves buyers and authors time. Buyers can easily ask the HTML5 author questions and point out bugs. Then the author can respond with the bug fix or answer that typically resolves the problem.

I purchased two items, the HTML5 Signature Pad to Image script and the RoyalSlider, a touch-enabled jQuery image gallery. Then I tied them together to make my kindergarten app. There are several improvements I plan on making but considering it only cost me only $18, the app turned out better than I expected. Continue Reading →