8: Exploring Dart & Polymer

Dart was originally a Google language revealed in 2011 and is now an ECMA Standard known as TC52. When Dart first came into being it was annoounced it's purpose was to "ultimately to replace JavaScript as the 'lingua franca' of web development on the open web platform". It's a far stretch from JavaScript's flexible dynamic scripting approach in that It is statically typed and relies on source-to-source compilation. Now that Dart has evolved into a platform with it's own package manager, tooling, full stack implementations, & libraries,  it's community is growing and moving closer and closer toward it's original purpose.


Combined with powerful libraries like  “polymer.dart”, a Dart port of Polymer to build structured, encapsulated, client-side web apps with Dart and web components, can Dart become a first class browser language & the platform of choice for our development?


Chris Strom (@eee_c), our guest in this episode and owner of EEE Computes LLC, is a code explorer, daily blogger, and community leader in JavaScript, Ruby, & Dart. He is the author of3D Game Programming for Kids,Patterns in Polymer,Dart for Hipsters,The SPDY Book and Co-author ofRecipes with Backbone. He prefers to code with Dart but also builds with JavaScript, Ruby, Go and more.


Chris uses his ICE Code Editor project, written in Dart & Polymer, to teach kids how to code. Lately, he pair programs nightly and blogs daily on Dart, Polymer, and mentoring. Chris talks with Christian(@anvilhacks) & Erik (@eisaksen) about his writings, pairing experiences, teaching, and thoughts on Dart, Polymer, and the current state and possible futures of Dart as a platform of choice.













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Category:dart -- posted at: 11:19am EDT

7: Web RTC and Designing Realtime Experiences

In episode 7 of the web platform podcast, ‘’Web RTC and Designing Realtime Experiences”,  we talk with Agility Feat (http://agilityfeat.com/), a design and development firm in the US, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Agility Feat has been not only building out real-time apps for a while now but they are also actively contributing back to the community around it as well by speaking at events, distributing a RealTime.com newsletter, and more.


Web RTC (http://www.webrtc.org/) is “a free, open project that enables web browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple JavaScript APIs”. It is a peer-to-peer communication tool and its been around for a while. Contrary to popular belief Web RTC is not just video & chat in the browser. It is more than just that, it has data channels, screen sharing, streaming, and much more.


Web RTC is an evolving standard for realtime app development and is gaining popularity quickly in the realtime web community. More browsers are starting to implement it and Agility Feat has seen the capabilities & usefulness of Web RTC to assist in developing the user experience of realtime applications. In this episode Agilty Feat discusses how they approach designing for browsers that don’t support it and how they use Web RTC effectively in their applications.


Christian Smith (@anvilhacks) and Erik Isaksen (@eisaksen) host this episode with guests Allan Naranjo (@OrangeSoftware), Mariana Lopez (@nanalq), & Arin Sime (@ArinSime) The AgilityFeat team talks with us about the user experience considerations in building realtime applications and the technologies involved.


Allan Naranjo (@OrangeSoftware) is a core member of the development team at AgiltyFeat. He is a leader in creating detailed mobile experiences with heavy client side frameworks. Allan was the winner of  ‘The  Access Innovation Prize’ in 2012 for one of his Facebook Applications.


Mariana Lopez (@nanalq) is the UX lead at AgilityFeat. She designs real-time applications for clients across a variety of industries.  Mariana studied Human Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, and is also a professor of Interaction Design at the Universidad Veritas (Costa Rica) and Universidad de Costa Rica.


Arin Sime (@ArinSime) is co-founder of AgilityFeat. Arin has over 16 years of experience as a developer, entrepreneur, consultant, and trainer for everything from small startups to Fortune 100′s and federal agencies.





















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Category:realtime -- posted at: 10:26am EDT

6: What Agile Brings to Products & Teams

Agile is a buzzword that, for better or worse, has caused emotional reactions that are both negative and positive. It is a highly overused and misunderstood term in our industry but it has shaped the way web software has been built for years. Agile is a flexible set of tools and practices that enable businesses to rapidly produce software that is extremely versatile to change. It has spawned many variants in its implementation and has endured much scrutiny. Agile strives to create quality software that embraces collaboration & individuals over interactions.

James Shore (@JamesShore), creator of LetsCodeJavaScript.com (http://www.letscodejavascript.com/) and co-author of the book ‘The Art of Agile Development’ (http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596527679.do), talks with us in our 6th episode - ‘What Agile Brings to Products & Teams -Why TDD is Not Dead’.

This episode, at its core, is about Agile software development and how Test Driven Development (TDD) can help us, as programmers, build better quality software products & services. Development is not just about coding, it’s about people and working together to build software that can easily change and adapt over time. The way we build products & services varies in techniques & implementation depending on the project. By using one or many Agile methodologies such as TDD we may be able to get there faster and with a better degree of maintainability, quality, and user experience.

James is an author, thought leader, and software testing guru. He believes that great software development teams consistently deliver market success, technical success, and personal success for team members and stakeholders. He is one of the early pioneers of Agile software development and an incredible mentor.

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Category:agile -- posted at: 2:11pm EDT

5: The Web Components Community

Web Components are a set of emerging and rapidly changing technologies alter the way many developers are starting to build web applications. Zeno Rocha (@zenorocha), a dominant force in the front end development community talks with hosts Erik Isaksen (@eisaksen) & Christian Smith(@anvilhacks) on how developers can get started building with these technologies today & how to build their own components, tooling & using the Github & Bower communities, and other front end developer goodness.

Zeno, began a small project, CustomElements.io ( http://customelements.io/), that was meant to track his and others Web Components. CustomElements.io, now used by Mozilla as their X-Tags (http://www.x-tags.org/) registry, has become much more than that and is now a central place for developers to share, publish, and maintain their Web Components. The project spawned an incredible amount of support from the web development community that grew into several other related projects such as ‘WebComponents.org’ ( http://webcomponents.org/ ) & the boilerplate Yeoman project ‘generator-element’ https://github.com/webcomponents/generator-element )

Direct download: episode-5_the-web-components-community.mp3
Category:web-components -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

4: Static Application Hosting & All Things Firebase

“The Rise of BAAS : Static Application Hosting & All Things Firebase”,  episode 4, is the second of our exploration into Backend As A Service (BAAS) and how it’s changing how we build applications today.

Static Application development is on the rise & the tools that help us quickly host and iterate on these applications are emerging rapidly. With the exit of GoInstant as a BAAS, can we safely rely on these services as dedicated backends or do we solely use BAAS for real time interaction, prototyping, or something else? Ossama Alami, VP of Developer Happiness, at Firebase talks with us about the recent Firebase Hosting service, deploy tools, open data sets, static hosting & BAAS applications and everything Firebase.

Firebase, a young but influential player in BAAS was founded in 2012. At it’s core, it is a backend that lets developers store and sync data in real time. Ossama has dedicated himself to empowering developers and ensuring Firebase remains a force for good in the developer community.

Direct download: episode-4_firebase-hosting-and-all-things-firebase.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 8:54am EDT