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Boot your ajax app: Creating a splash screen with NProgress

While single-page JavaScript apps tend to be more dynamic and usually more interactive from the user point of view, they also most often have a longer startup time compared to more classic, server-side rendered apps. That’s usually where progress indicators and splash screens come into play. Obviously, the focus should clearly lie in optimizing the startup time to the maximum ...

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Things I learned creating a jQuery Plugin (Part II)

This post is the continuation of the series Things I learned creating a jQuery Plugin. In the first part we have seen how the structure of a jQuery plugin must be, the plugin entry point (so called wrapper function) and how we can control the behavior of a method as a getter or setter. Define default options Your plugin more probably will accept ...

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5 nifty JavaScript tricks that you may not know

Over the years, I have seen several JavaScript techniques that are particularly clever. Here’s a short list of 5 such techniques that I have been using again and again. I hope it inspires you too to rethink how you write certain piece of code. And, please note that some people may think clever coding impacts readability and they might be ...

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JavaScript Closure – examples

Earlier, I talked about the basics of JavaScript Closure. In this post, lets continue to explore Closure with the help of some practical examples. Before we begin, just to recap, Closure encloses function and the set of variables that were in scope of the function when it was declared. The variables inside the closure kept alive as long as the ...

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JavaScript Closures

Closures are very important topic in JavaScript that you must understand if you want to master the language. The earlier you know about Closures, the better you will write your JavaScript code. But, from my experience, most of the JavaScript beginners either do not understand Closure or do not know that the existence of the topic at all. So, in ...

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Getting a new node project started with npm

The aim of this guide is to get people getting started with Node.js and npm, while also showing some of the handy commands I use to bootstrap my projects.           Create your project directory. Change to the directory you just created. Tell git to make a repo. Pull down a preconfigured .gitignore file for node projects ...

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Browser to browser communication with Vert.x, websockets and HTML5

I’ve been playing around with Vert.x for a couple of weeks and I’m really starting to like the simplicity of the framework. With very little configuration you can quickly get impressive results. In this article I’m diving a bit deeper in how to set up browser to browser communication using the Vert.x eventbus by using the javascript client side API. ...

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How to use Gulp to generate CSS from Sass/scss

              Contents 1. Set up the infrastructure 1.1. Install Node.js 1.2. Install gulp 1.2.1. Install gulp globally 1.2.2. Install gulp in your project devDependencies: 1.2.3. Create a gulpfile.js at the root of the project: 1.2.4. Run gulp 1.3. Install Gulp plugins 2. gulpfile.js 2.1. Load the modules 2.2. Gulp tasks 2.3. Pipes 2.4. “Watching” ...

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PHP vs node.js: The REAL statistics

When it comes to web programming, I’ve always coded in ASP.NET or the LAMP technologies for most part of my life. Now, the new buzz in the city is node.js. It is a light-weight platform that runs javascript code on server-side and is said to improve performance by using async I/O. The theory suggests that synchronous or blocking model of ...

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