WebGL Examples, Backbone Forms, Third-Party JavaScript

23 Sep 2011 | By Alex Young | Tags webgl backbone forms books

WebGL Examples

I found this collection of WebGL examples at ibiblio.org that includes a few things I haven’t seen before, particularly Cycleblob which is an interesting take on the Tron light cycles concept.

Backbone Forms

Backbone Forms by Charles Davison is a form framework for Backbone.js with some advanced features like nested forms, and it even comes with CSS for styling fields.

This library makes it possible to automatically generate forms based on model instances:

var form = new Backbone.Form({
  model: users.get(userId)

If a model isn’t available, a Backbone.Form can be instantiated using data and schema properties:

new Backbone.Form({
  data: { id: 123, name: 'Rod Kimble', password: 'cool beans' },
  schema: {
    id:       { type: 'Number' },
    name:     {},
    password: { type: 'Password' }

The source is documented and the README has enough examples to get started.

Third-Party JavaScript

Third-Party JavaScript by Ben Vinegar and Anton Kovalyov (both from Disqus) is a book about the art of third-party scripting — writing JavaScript intended to be executed on a remote site. It’s aimed at intermediate developers, and covers distributing and loading applications, server communication, cross-domain iframe messaging, rendering HTML and CSS, authentication, security, and performance. Considering the authors work at Disqus it seems like a potentially essential book on the subject.

The book will be published by Manning, and an “early access” edition can be purchased from $35.99. Three chapters are available so far, and the example source code is on GitHub at benvinegar / thirdpartyjs-code. The first chapter is available for free: Introduction to Third-Party JavaScript (PDF).

To pre-order the book, visit Third-Party JavaScript at Manning’s site.

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