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Matt Peperell
February 22, 2013

OpenHack - Murray

A new coding meetup for London - it’s part of a global meetup idea called openhack. The goal is to have meetings that are just focused on getting together to hack on code, open to all programmers regardless of ability or language preference. The london organisaers are trying to gauge interest before having the first meeting, if it sounds like the kind of thing you’d be interested in follow @OpenHackLDN and get involved.

Inside test frameworks - Murray

http://interblah.net/how-rspec-works & http://interblah.net/how-minitest-works

Two blog posts that go into great detail about what actually happens when you run your tests in minitest or rspec. The author is writing his own testing framework, kintama and these posts are part of him exploring what he’s done and explaining why his approach is different. It’s not about how the tests you write work (e.g. it’s not about assert_blah vs. should blah() ), but more about how the frameworks actually end up running your tests, and what that means for the flexibility of the tests you write.

The computer that never crashes - MattP

aka Skynet cometh

On infinite scrolling - MattP

http://eviltrout.com/2013/02/16/infinite-scrolling-that-works.html You’ve possibly heard of Discourse, the new social network from Jeff Attwood (he of Stack Overflow fame). This details how discourse plan to overcome some of the limitations of some common current implementations of infinite scrolling.

A talk on mruby - Seb

My talk on #mruby from this week’s #lrug is finally up http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/home/mruby … thanks to @skillsmatter f http://t.co/KsHBfafg

Opera moves to WebKit - MattP

http://my.opera.com/ODIN/blog/300-million-users-and-move-to-webkit On the same day as announcing that Opera has 300 million users, we’re also announcing that for all new products Opera will use WebKit as its rendering engine

Who said the C64 was dead? - MattP

http://call.of.cthul.hu/~hoild/Hype.html Hungarian developers working on Commodore 64 rpg for the last 20 years. Still not released.

There’s even more to come… - Steve

Steve responded to the request for submissions with his usual deluge. They fall into 2 categories:

Web Dev, Design, etc.

https://www.newfangled.com/the_web_development_process_from_start_to_finish The web development process from start to finish

http://www.markboulton.co.uk/journal/theinbetween The In-between by Mark Boulton. Also see this follow up by Jeremy Keith: http://adactio.com/journal/6044/

http://jimramsden.com/notes/no-more-mobile No more “mobile.”

http://designinstruct.com/web-design/usability-photos/ Usability Mistakes to Avoid When Using Photos in Your Website

http://clearleft.com/thinks/front-enddesignprinciples/ Front-end design principles from the very clever folk at Clear Left

http://www.sentenzadesktop.com/ Build Mac OS X applications with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript

http://www.jsdb.io/ A collection of the best clientside javascripts

http://gridassault.com/ A gallery of grid-based designs.

Sillies

http://maps.geotastic.org/rude/ Vaguely Rude Place Name Of The World.

http://oneterabyteofkilobyteage.tumblr.com/ Automatically generated screenshots of a stash of old Geocities home pages.

http://hadonejob.com/ You had one job…

http://ashow.zefrank.com/episodes/105 The human test (volume 1.1.1)

http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=14653 Boiling Spacetime: How Time Works In The Graphic Novel