Metascript has a readable syntax and at the same time allows for lisp-style metaprogramming (macros that can manipulate the AST). Lisp-like languages have a ‘clean’ syntax per definition: they explicitly use parenthesis everywhere to express the grouping of expressions. Metascript uses a combination of parenthesis, indentation and infix operators to ensure that the syntax is similar to a number of mainstream programming languages, and can be used interchangeably. The next steps for Metascript would entail completing the compiler and the metaprogramming system. Writing standard macros and publishing a module on GitHub are also on the road map. As is implementing a type system. One to watch.
NSA.js – really tracking user interaction
Danni Friedland (eBay IIC) dislikes how current tracking solutions are sub-optimal. Charts, graphs and heatmaps are too abstract. There’s no up-close-and-personal with your user. What if you could see what the user sees? You’ll have to record everything and add an
ViewportObserver (screen sizes),
TestSelectionObserver, track focus in/out, URL changes, the open or closing of a popup… (more…)
They grow up so fast…
At anynines we are shaping up to leave Beta. Besides good times, this means that we have updated our Cloud Foundry system so that it’s compatible with the command line utility (CLI) v6. Have a look at this article to get a more detailed description of the changes.
The CLI v6 has been completely rewritten and is much faster and easier to install than the previous versions. What is more is that the new CLI allows you to tail the application logfiles, so you can see what happens to your applications in realtime. Read here how to install the new CLI.
The new Cloud Foundry setup is more stable with multiple instances of important CF components in different availability zones.
As soon as we will remove the Beta label from our website we will offer trial periods of 30 days to our new customers. Existing beta customers will automatically enter the trial period. More information on the beta and the trial period can be found here.
Please don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you might have regarding the updated Cloud Foundry version, or us leaving the beta phase. We are happy to help.
Being a member of the organizing team, I spend last weekend in Linz for codefront.io, a frontend conference counting 3 tracks and no less than 26 speakers. I led one of the tracks at the Johannes Kepler Universität and still got to enjoy some other talks and highlights. To summarize…
Architecting Resilient Frontends
Andy Hume works in the engineering team at Twitter and pointed out to a full room how ‘companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on the uptime of their server infrastructure and yet real world websites are slow and failing all the time’. The web is inherently unreliable, yet resilient. So how do we fix that?
script tag in your HTML (although it hurts newer browsers and excludes you from using the HTML pre-parser feature of modern browsers) will make you website (appear to) load faster. (more…)