A few weeks ago I blogged about the Marvel API and how incredibly cool it was that Marvel would let developers play with their data. I built a demo (marvel.raymondcamden.com) with it but I was really curious to see what smarter folks would do. My friend Simon Mac Donald built something really cool.
Many months ago I blogged about a great new feature in ColdFusion 10. It allowed you to take form fields with the same name and return them as an array. Why was this important? Consider the following example.
I haven't written much about WebSQL lately, mainly because it is Dead Spec Walking. However, it still works in Cordova (for now), and I get questions from time to time. This one in particular was kind of interesting. Plus, the guy asking me for help with this was super nice even though I kept delaying my answer over a few weeks. :)
Over the past month and a half I've devoured the Merchant Princes series by Charles Stross. Originally released as 6 books, they are also available as 3 books (which is what the author originally wanted) and which I've linked to below. I've read Stross before and wasn't terribly happy, but I devoured this series. On multiple occasions I had to force myself to slow down as I was so excited to see what happened next my eyes just kept racing ahead.
Broadly, the series is Sliders meets Game of Thrones meets Tom Clancy. The books revolved around a woman who discovers she is descended from royalty - but royalty in an alternate universe where history is somewhat different than our own. I'm a sucker for Alt-History books in general, but this series brings in Alt-History with a dose of military/spy action and political/economic discussions too. I was worried the series would fall apart towards the end but it never let up.
Yesterday was the official release of Cordova 3.4.0. You can read the blog post here but I thought I'd call out some interesting tidbits.
I just wrapped up my first "Hangouts on Air" presentation on Harp.js and YouTube has it available already. Dang that's cool. I've embedded the video below. You can find all the assets (slide deck and demos) at this link:
It has been a while since my last Friday puzzle, but I ran across something yesterday that I thought would be an excellent little coding challenge. Even better, this one I guarantee shouldn't take you more than 5 minutes. Honest!
A while ago I blogged (see related entries) about ColdFusion, OAuth, and Google. I ended up using this on a client's project. They go to his app, click sign-in, are redirected to Google, and upon authenticating, are brought back to the app so that profile information can be retrieved from Google and synced up with a local user record. My client then asked me to take a look at Google+ Sign-In. I spent some time working on some code and I thought I'd share. While this post uses ColdFusion for the back end, I think it could be helpful to folks using other back ends as I found some issues that apply universally.
I'm a bit late on this as I didn't even know it was published yet (ok, just two hours ago, but still... ;) but today NetTuts published my video on Firefox DevTools:
Unless you live under a rock (or have had the incredibly good sense to avoid Twitter), you know that today we announced the public betas of ColdFusion Splendor (that's the next version of the server) and ColdFusion Thunder (the IDE).