QUnit

Another handy javascript lib for your toolbox, but this time, for a slightly different purpose than usual – unit testing

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Web sockets

Web socket is a technology developed to establish a bi-directional communication between client and server, over the web. It works on top of TCP and hopefully will render hacks like long polling obsolete. It’s supported by all modern browsers with 2 exceptions – opera mini and the default android browser (chart can be found here).

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sammy.js

Another nice javascript lib that’s handy to have in your utility belt. From the library website - sammy is “a small web framework with class”. I’m sure there’s much more to it than what I will describe here, but there’s one aspect I’d like to focus on: view switching.

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CoffeeScript

There’s been a lot of fuss about coffee script in the last few months. It’s a language that compiles into pure javascript. Some people like it, some don’t. So what’s it all about?

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knockout.js

Knockout is a MVVM framework for javascript. It has been around for a while, but I never spent too much time with it until recently, when pluralsight released a free training that included knockout. My impressions – this is definitely something I could utilize in quite a few places, but it carries a pretty big startup cost, so I’d think hard before using it in a project.

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Calculate SHA hex

Forms authentication has an option to use a web.config based authentication. One of the possible encryption algorithms is sha1. To calculate it, you can create a tool in c# (I even did that, but.. I lost it when my drive crashed) or you can use python.

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git-tf first encounter

As promised here I’ll share some info on using git-tf. Just started, so the impressions may change but as a starter that should be good enough.

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The perils of tfs source control

I’ve used a few version control systems: visual source safe, subversion, git, mercurial and tfs.
My current favourite – git. It it’s the most popular one at the moment, but to be honest there’s a good reason for that. It has a gigantic learning curve, but once you grok the concept, everything falls into place.
My second  choice – subversion. I’ve used it for a long time and it got the job done.
The one I am using at the moment – tfs and here’s where the story starts.

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