List of all the countries: HTML select and JSON too

Ever needed a list of all the countries in the world to put as options in an HTML select? Well, here you go. And JSON too. You’re welcome! But how… How was the list derived so you can update it once in a while? Glad you asked. https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#search/code/ is the page linked from W3 spec […]

November 6th, 2016
Tags: (x)HTML(5), JavaScript
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Nightmare scenarios with WebMIDI

In the spirit of Halloween… allow me to entertain you with some security and privacy nightmares with the way WebMIDI is implemented in Chrome currently. The spec says: “The suggested security model explicitly allows user agents to require the user’s approval before giving access to MIDI devices, although it is not currently required to prompt […]

November 2nd, 2016
Tags: security, WebAudio
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Performance Calendar call for participation

TL;DR: Please start writing and finish before Dec 1st. Amazingly http://calendar.perfplanet.com has been up for 7 years straight now, helping spread the word about web performance and helping the developers do their best to provide fast and pleasurable experiences. Every year people from all walks of development life come to the calendar where an article […]

November 1st, 2016
Tags: performance
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Hello WebMIDI

Inspired by this talk by Jean-Philippe Côté I saw at Web Unleashed in Toronto last month, I thought I should dust off the old midi cable. MIDI? MIDI is a protocol that various music and lighting devices use to talk to each other. Believe it or not v1.0 of the spec from 1983 is still […]

October 30th, 2016
Tags: (x)HTML(5), JavaScript, Music, WebAudio
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Oversharing with the browser’s autofill

Auto-filling forms is cool. Unless, of course, you give away more data than you thought you were. The basics It’s pretty simple, actually. You just add an autocomplete attribute to your <input> and give it one of the predefined values. And off you go. For example: <input type=”text” autocomplete=”given-name”> When the browser sees this, it […]

October 12th, 2016
Tags: (x)HTML(5), security
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React: Up and Running

I’m a little late (like, omgbbq, 2 months late) with this announcement, but here goes: I published my new book, called “React: Up and Running”. Go get it everywhere where books are sold and learn React from the ground up! I’ve been working with React for a while now and thought I have something to […]

September 12th, 2016
Tags: book, JavaScript, writing
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Custom animated cursor via canvas

Warning: don’t do this. Stop it! Just. Don’t. So there’s this hack by Ben Foxall that shows how you can escape the browser window and draw outside the page. I had to try it myself. So here comes: the animated “progress” indicator mouse cursor. Wait what? There exists the ability for your web page to […]

August 9th, 2016
Tags: canvas, JavaScript
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PM outta control

Another one of those… This time it’s set to the music of “Gremmie outta control” by The silly surfers, covered by Pearl Jam And this time I’ve added some chords for your entertainment… C….. C Every team has a clown who thinks he knows it all (personal commitment to excellence that good enough is not […]

March 5th, 2016
Tags: Music
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How to write unmaintainable PHP code [2009]

Originally published at http://phpadvent.org/ in 2009. The site is no more, but I found a copy on my hard drive. I’m not sure but I do hope it’s the final version because Sean Coates (@coates) and Chris Shiflett (@shiflett) did a really nice job editing the pice. Also hope it’s still funny… With the unemployment […]

September 18th, 2015
Tags: php, Uncategorized
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From JSXTransformer to Babel

As announced, starting with React v0.14 (next release), the JSXTransformer.js won’t be part of the release. Also `react-tools` npm package is no more. So whatchagonnawannado is switch to Babel. Here’s how. Build-time transform Prerequisite: install Babel $ npm install –global babel Where you previously had this as part of your development/build process: $ jsx –watch […]

June 22nd, 2015
Tags: react
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smush.it is dead, long live smushing

Looks like Yahoo! stopped maintaining the image optimization service called smush.it. So people have been asking questions on the mailing list. I don’t have any inside information from Yahoo about the service, or whether it will be back up again. But let me try to answer some of the questions. History: quick refresher Nicole and […]

April 6th, 2015
Tags: smush.it, Uncategorized
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f8 2015

So I spoke at Facebook’s F8 in San Francisco last week. Actually my teammate Varun spoke mostly, I just interrupted a few times. Among other things we announced a new plugin – the embedded video player, so now you can embed any public FB video on your site. And, how meta!, below is a video […]

March 31st, 2015
Tags: facebook, speaking
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Making an album sampler video on the command line

Here’s a video I made to raise awareness about Anaconda Limousine’s first album (where I play guitar and co-wrote 1 song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LavyKbSuvI. This is a post that explains how it was made so if anyone wants to made a similar one, they can have something to step on. Turns out videos like this are called […]

March 31st, 2015
Tags: Music, tools
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ffmpeg: batch convert

Say, a bunch of .wav files to .mp3 $ for f in *.wav; do ffmpeg -i $f “${f%.*}.mp3”; done

March 3rd, 2015
Tags: Music
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Downloading top X sites’ data with ZombieJS

Update: Easier way to get top X URLs: http://httparchive.org/urls.php, thanks @souders Update: found and commented an offensive try{}catch(e){throw e;} in zombie.js (q.js, line 126), now the script doesn’t fatal that often Say you want to experiment or do some research with what’s out there on the web. You need data, real data from the web’s […]

June 6th, 2014
Tags: CSS, HTTP, tools
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Jest + jQuery for testing a vanilla “app”

Jest is a new javascript testing tool announced today. I thought I’d take it out for a spin testing the UI of a simple vanilla JS app – no CommonJS modules, no fancy stuff. Just old school JavaScript. Granted, it’s probably not what the tool was optimized to do, but it totally worked. The app […]

May 15th, 2014
Tags: JavaScript, tools
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CSS diffs #2

Continuing from last night… First, two twitter responses pointed to even more readily-available options for comparing screenshots. One is Wraith from BBC engineers which supports Firefox/Gecko (via SlimerJS) in addition to PhantomJS. The other is the almost-ready siteeffect.io which is based on http://dalekjs.com/ which seems to support all the browsers! Anyway, I thought I should […]

May 9th, 2014
Tags: CSS
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css diff

CSS is the worst because it blocks page rendering. The bigger it grows, the more it blocks. And bigger is what CSS becomes if left unattended, as anyone who has worked on any project for more than a few days or with more than a few people can confirm. So occasionally one must step back […]

May 9th, 2014
Tags: CSS
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DIY source maps

In today’s world of always having some sort of code transformation before your JS/CSS/HTML reaches the user, e.g. minification, concatenation, es6-to-es3 transpilation, it’s nice to be able to go back to the source before the transformation. And when that happens in the comfort and the immediacy of the browser’s dev tools, even better! Enter source […]

May 8th, 2014
Tags: JavaScript
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Writing ES6 today with jstransform

So there’s this recent open-source project from Facebook called jstransform. It’s also used by ReactJS. It lets you explore ES6 features and not only explore, but use them in production code. All you need to do is add the transformation to your static resource pipeline. (Of course you have one, right, for minification and so […]

April 21st, 2014
Tags: JavaScript, tools
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Beacon performance

Beacons are small requests that our apps make to report some information “home”, to the server. Beacons are often used to report visitor stats, JS errors, performance metrics. Beacons often don’t return any data back to the client, but some do. Example use <div id="app">Awesome app is awesome</div> <script> // gather data somehow var data […]

February 9th, 2014
Tags: performance
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Hello subpixel world

Since IE9 and Firefox(v.?) we now have subpixel rendering of fonts. This is cool and all but imagine this: you have some text you want to measure the width of the text and size another element to the same dimensions Simple. But if you use offsetWidth/offsetHeight to measure, you get a rounded integer and not […]

February 6th, 2014
Tags: browsers, CSS, JavaScript
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ReActiveTable bookmarklet

Previously… React and tables. I’ve been meaning to improve a little on the table example built with React and a post by Steve was the final push. He shared his “ActiveTable” bookmarklet. So, introducing a bookmarklet to make it easier to work with random HTML tables you come across… ReActiveTable Drag this link to your […]

October 23rd, 2013
Tags: react
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NYC.bind(me)

On my way to NYC for Edge conference and NYC Web perf meetup. Some slides and RSVP links inside.

September 22nd, 2013
Tags: JavaScript, performance, speaking
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Server-side React with PHP – part 2

Part 1 ended with todos. The first one was to couple the server-side generated code with the client-side React, so that any updates past the initial page load will be handled by React’s client JS, which is where React shines. Let’s see how you can do just that. PHP data fetch, gluing JS for v8 […]

September 19th, 2013
Tags: JavaScript, php, react
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