Sunday 24 March 2013

Weekly Review: 24th March 2013

Welcome to another weekly review.

  • Meteor is another JavaScript framework to help build single page applications. Stephen Walther blogged this week an Introduction to Meteor. It's worth a read if you want to get to know the basics of Meteor.
  • Yet more features have been added to Windows Azure this week. Scott Guthrie has a detailed blog post here, but to give you a brief run down: new mobile service that includes HTML5/JS apps, deploying using Mercurial and Dropbox (this is a great YouTube video showing Dropbox deployment) and HDInsight servers to manage Hadoop clusters.
  • If you want to get started using HDInsight on Azure, Shayne Burgess of the Windows Azure HDInsight Team has posted a getting started guide here.
  • Git has been gaining a lot of traction on Windows recently and this week SourceTree has been released - this a a Git and Mercurial client. It has a nice UI and is definitely worth a look if you us either Git or Mercurial.
  • Have you seen Ember? Are you a little confused about some of its conventions? Is so you're not alone! Rob Conery had similar issues and has posted a helpful blog on getting started here.
  • Staying with Rob Conery, he's been very vocal recently about Ember and its conventions. In a follow-up post to "Ember Baby Steps" he's posted an Ember... What If (Part 1) about how Ember API could be structured differently.
  • There is always a debate in JavaScript about Prototypical Inheritance vs. Functional Inheritance, this is a good introduction to the subject showing the pros and cons of using each method.
  • Jeff Atwood has been a long-time Microsoft developer but his recent project: Discourse uses Ruby. If you want to know why, check out his last post Why Ruby?.
  • Finally, this week's Hanselminutes is with Paul Irish. This is a great listen, especially if you're interested in HTML5, JavaScript, Chrome and the web in general.

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