Signature Pad (GitHub: szimek / signaturepad, License: _MIT) by Szymon Nowak is a client-side library for drawing smooth signatures. It works with touchscreens and desktop browsers, and was inspired by the Smoother Signatures post on Square's (excellent) engineering blog.
The problem is that the signer's finger did not move in straight lines from point to point when tracing out this shape. Rather, our touch points are sampled from a full curve that the signer's finger traced on the touchscreen. While we can't know the original shape between the sampled points Android gave us, straight lines are not the best guess.
Szymon's implementation doesn't depend on any external libraries, and can draw signatures from DATA URIs.
var canvas = document.querySelector('canvas'); var signaturePad = new SignaturePad(canvas); signaturePad.clear(); // Clears the canvas signaturePad.toDataURL(); // Returns signature image as data URL signaturePad.fromDataURL('data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0K...') // Draws signature image from data URL
Building a Windows 8.1 App using Typescript and Open Source Libraries
This screencast by Ala Shiban demonstrates how to use some of Microsoft's technologies with open source projects like AngularJS to create a Windows Store application.
It's a fast screencast that packs a lot in, so if you can't keep up check out the source at AlaShiban / Ingredimeals. It uses TypeScript, Blend for Visual Studio, NuGet, jQuery, AngularJS, Underscore, and Bootstrap. Custom fonts are used to give the application a Windows 8 feel.
Something I hadn't seen before was MSApp.execUnsafeLocalFunction. I noticed Ala had to wrap some calls inside AngularJS (mainly things that wrote to
innerHTML) to satisfy Microsoft's security requirements for Windows Store apps.