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Games for tomorrow's programmers.

Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming. It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming. By the end of these games, players are ready to use conventional text-based languages.
posted by boo_radley on Sep 4, 2014 - 20 comments

How does ('' == [] && this); make programmers feel?

Programming language subreddits and their choice of words presents an interactive chord graph showing how often particular languages are mentioned in other languages' communities. Another chart shows how proportional others' mentions are to the TIOBE Index. And some very elementary sentiment analysis suggests how often each language inspires pure theory, happiness and fun, or cursing. A tongue-in-cheek aside reveals that counting infrequently-mentioned languages yields another happiness/coolness chart that puts Elm at the top, just above other surprises.
posted by Monsieur Caution on Aug 23, 2014 - 28 comments

How Fast Can You Debug?

http://www.codefights.com/
posted by boo_radley on Aug 21, 2014 - 37 comments

Click and win!

The best part of playing solitaire
posted by aubilenon on Aug 3, 2014 - 44 comments

The T in February, backwards and forwards.

An interactive visualization of Boston's subway system in February. With it, you can see where trains on the red, blue, and orange lines were at any moment on February 3 were in space and along their paths between stations, among many other things. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Jun 10, 2014 - 29 comments

$(framework).stop();

Stop Writing JavaScript Frameworks! And stop using them too!
posted by blue_beetle on May 25, 2014 - 45 comments

Recreational Music Destruction

Sure, you like your mp3s well enough; you just wish they would steadily collapse into a wall of distortion and white noise. Good news: The Disintegrator is here to help. [via mefi projects]
posted by cortex on May 25, 2014 - 29 comments

Reviving the Scarab of Ra

Rick Holzgrafe's Scarab of Ra is one of those early Macintosh shareware games that nostalgic players really really wish would be updated for OSX. Would you settle for a javascript version? The key commands and interface are a bit different, but the monkey will still steal your lantern and you can still earn academic credit by banking the gold you find, exploring the mazes, and collecting treasure. Just like real life. [more inside]
posted by julen on Apr 9, 2014 - 22 comments

Execute

Untrusted, a game you can't win unless you change it.
posted by kafziel on Apr 8, 2014 - 65 comments

2×2×2×2×2×2×2×2×2×2×2

2048, a tile game.
posted by grouse on Mar 10, 2014 - 120 comments

The Official API of the Marvel Universe

You mean Prince JSON of Spartoi? Marvel Comics has released in beta an API for access to part of its character and comic book database. Currently, it covers 30,000 comic books across 7,000 series and 8,000 characters in work by 5,000 creators, and provides results to queries in standard JSON format. [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Feb 20, 2014 - 31 comments

Even if Bloomberg Didn't, You Can!

Programmers will tell you that coding is one of the most approachable skills there is. If you want to learn, there's Code Academy, or perhaps LearnPython.org. There are major non-profits that want to help you learn, free books, and videos. Great! Finished with all of those? [more inside]
posted by sonic meat machine on Jan 25, 2014 - 102 comments

All around me are familiar faces

clmtrackr is a novel javascript library allowing realtime face detection, fitting and tracking within a browser. The demo applications (which recommend Chrome, although other recent browsers also appear to work) will accept input from your webcam if available, and include facial tracking, emotion detection (requires webcam input) and the creepier face substitution and masking. [via] [more inside]
posted by figurant on Jan 9, 2014 - 18 comments

(setq clock (simulate clock dt))

Clocks is a set of generative art pieces written in gazelle (a lisp (written in elisp!) that compiles to javascript) with the help of processing.js. Best viewed in Chrome.
posted by Jpfed on Dec 5, 2013 - 13 comments

The dawn of an era, available and emulated in your browser to play.

A few months ago there was a list of links to classic video game emulators posted. Very recently, I'm pleased to report, those links all came true. The Internet Archive bespoke upon aforementioned consoles, computers, and mileposts on our way to the tech utopia of today, (seriously, where's my flying car?) and they asked us to do something: Imagine every computer that ever existed, literally, in your browser. And it was so. I have absolutely no affiliation with jscott, btw. Thought I should disclose that.
posted by jdaura on Oct 25, 2013 - 37 comments

PuzzleScript

PuzzleScript: an open-source HTML5 puzzle game engine [GitHub]
posted by brundlefly on Oct 6, 2013 - 17 comments

My God, it's full of stars

Chandra Sky Map - Joe DePasquale runs through the process of creating the map and some helpful tips for using the interactive tool.
posted by unliteral on Oct 2, 2013 - 8 comments

Enlightenment

Zen photon garden is a 2D ray tracer in your browser. A blog post gives examples of what's possible and explains some of the unique details of its implementation.
posted by Rhomboid on Jul 4, 2013 - 14 comments

Learn programming with grids!

'Lets Grid' is an online programming environment that is designed to get people into programming. I tried to strip away all of the complicated set-up that goes along with real-world programming and just give students the very basics they need to create cool things and share their creations with the world.
posted by Artw on Jun 19, 2013 - 10 comments

Clippy Everywhere (oh god: CLIPPY EVERYWHERE)

"Our research shows that people love two things: failed Microsoft technologies and obscure Javascript libraries. Naturally, we decided to combine the two." Thanks to Smore, you can now put Microsoft Clippy (or one of its friends) on your websites.
posted by barnacles on May 19, 2013 - 33 comments

You want fart noises as you scroll? We've got you covered.

Everyone farts. And now your web pages can too. (From The Onion.)
posted by jbickers on May 9, 2013 - 22 comments

AppleSoft BASIC in JavaScript

AppleSoft BASIC in JavaScript. If you ever fiddled with AppleSoft BASIC back in the day, get ready for some serious nostalgia.
posted by Deathalicious on Apr 4, 2013 - 19 comments

This looks like a job for...

SUPERHERO.JS - Creating, testing and maintaining a large JavaScript code base is not easy — especially since great resources on how to do this are hard to find. This page is a collection of the best articles, videos and presentations we've found on the topic.
posted by Artw on Mar 22, 2013 - 10 comments

You know I rock the mic so democratically

RapBot is a freestyle 80s battle rap generator by Darius Kazemi. How it works, and the source
posted by barnacles on Feb 23, 2013 - 41 comments

And for this, I am no longer nothing, I am more

Best. Javascript. Comments. EVER.
posted by eustacescrubb on Feb 7, 2013 - 58 comments

Javascript music notation and rendering

VexFlow is an open-source web-based music notation rendering API which utilises the VexTab open specification to render notation as a client-side canvas [githubs 1 2] [tutorials 1 2].
posted by urbanwhaleshark on Jan 11, 2013 - 11 comments

Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a 1992 RTS.

Play Dune II in your browser.
posted by zamboni on Jan 8, 2013 - 24 comments

PASSPORT TO FLAVORTOWN

Unable to visit the infamously badly reviewed Guy's American Kitchen & Bar? Never fear, for Metafilter's own mccarty.tim has you covered with a Guy Fieri Menu Item Generator.
posted by The Whelk on Dec 16, 2012 - 76 comments

Visicalc on your iPhone

Dan Bricklin, father of the spreadsheet, discovers VisiCalc running in a JavaScript emulator of an IBM PC 5150. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Nov 19, 2012 - 34 comments

You got your type annotations in my javascript!

TypeScript is Microsoft's new open source programming language. [more inside]
posted by Jpfed on Oct 3, 2012 - 69 comments

Javascript amazeballs

One for the javascript geeks: Transform any javascript program to use only the ()[]{}! and + characters.
posted by zoo on Aug 11, 2012 - 23 comments

return armada;

If Hemingway wrote JavaScript [SFW, despite the .xxx URL]
posted by brundlefly on Aug 6, 2012 - 35 comments

Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb!

3... 2... 1... fontBomb! Detonate your favourite websites in stylish fashion with this experimental bookmarklet by Philippe-Antoine Lehoux. [more inside]
posted by oulipian on Jul 6, 2012 - 10 comments

[] Brackets

Brackets - An open source code editor for the web
posted by Artw on Jun 26, 2012 - 58 comments

eval. rinse. reload. and repeat

Having trouble with Javascript? An automated solution, the descendant of a long line of DWIM aids to programming, is at hand. (library name NSFW) [more inside]
posted by zippy on Jun 23, 2012 - 45 comments

You can do anything with on{X}. Anything at all.

on{X} is an automation framework that allows you to program and customize various aspects of your Android Smartphone using JavaScript. The developers at Microsoft have also provided a set of customizable pre-baked recipes for the JavaScriptially-challenged. [more inside]
posted by schmod on Jun 22, 2012 - 25 comments

Twitter Bootstrap For Beginners

Bootstrap is Twitter's toolkit for creating rich and more consistent web interfaces across browsers and devices. The Bootstrap ecosystem offers, among other things, an iconic font, themes, a customization generator, themes for Wordpress / Drupal + / Joomla, templates for Fireworks / Photoshop, a button generator and a jQuery UI theme. How to get started? Check out this tutorial or this series or even this. Built With Bootstrap has lots of examples on how developers are putting Bootstrap to good use.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jun 5, 2012 - 31 comments

JavaScript at 17

JavaScript at 17 Brendan Eich on the language he initially created in just 10 days in 1995, and on its state now, 17 years later.
posted by Deathalicious on Jun 1, 2012 - 30 comments

Funky Drum Machine

Rob Stenson plays clawhammer banjo. Jack Stratton plays a number of instruments. Together, they've built Funklet, a site where classic beats are transcribed and presented in a javascript drum machine (which only works in Chrome at the moment) for you to play with. Each page also has full audio of the beat in its native habitat. [more inside]
posted by hades on May 5, 2012 - 18 comments

The infernal semicolon

This February, Twitter released Bootstrap 2 a rewrite of their earlier Bootstrap code. It's basically a framework that offers barebones styles and functionality. What's of interest, though, is that it uses almost no semicolons (just 15 in over 1k lines of code), which are normally used to separate lines of code. Instead, the code relies on automatic semicolon insertion (ASI). Unfortunately this code breaks when minified using JSMin. This was reported as an issue on Bootstraps's github page which led to a heated discussion on the topic of ASI. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Apr 16, 2012 - 128 comments

Courtyard Marriott in Times Square is spying on and manipulating your Internet

Web developer Justin Watt was staying at the Courtyard Marriott in Times Square, New York and using the hotel wifi to access the Internet. He noticed some strangeness on his website... and on every other website he visited (not to mention YouTube was broken.)
In short, Marriott is injecting JavaScript into the HTML of every webpage its hotel customers view for the purpose of injecting ads (and in the meantime, breaking YouTube). Marriott’s wireless internet service provider is a third-party company called Hotel Internet Services, so it is possible, though unlikely, that Marriott doesn’t know what’s going on. But it’s crazy to me that I’m paying $368 a night for a hotel room, and this is how I get treated.
[more inside]
posted by gen on Apr 5, 2012 - 113 comments

3DEverywhere

WebGL, the 3D technology that's associated with HTML5, continues to make giant strides in diverse areas:

  • Exploration of human anatomy: Zygote Body, released yesterday, and BioDigital Human, the successors to Google Body (previously)
  • World Visualisation: WebGL Earth, Nokia's 3D Map of the entire earth (previously). WorldWeather and The WebGL Globe, a Google project that displays all kinds of data. Also: Where Does My Tweet Go?
  • Games: browser ports of Team Fortess 2, Quake 3 and Rage (a developer’s diary). SkidRacer, an entire game in WebGL. Mini Mass Effect (not yet playable, sadly).
  • Musicals: Lights.
  • Tools: 3Notes.js, a visual scene editor. Developer documentation. More resources.

  • [more inside]
    posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Mar 28, 2012 - 27 comments

    Friday Non-Flash Racing Fun

    Trigger Rally is "a fast-paced single-player racing game for Linux" and now, thanks to WebGL, Three.JS, and Jasmine Kent, everyone can play in a browser.
    posted by mrgrimm on Mar 2, 2012 - 17 comments

    Fluids in your browser

    2D fluid simulation in your browser using WebGL
    posted by indubitable on Feb 27, 2012 - 25 comments

    "Tweet-sized" JavaScript code

    140byt.es JavaScript games and programs, all written in 140 bytes (characters) or less. Example games include Snake, Tetris (very basic), Minesweeper (again, very basic). Note that the license for most of these is NSFW.
    posted by Deathalicious on Feb 15, 2012 - 10 comments

    JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit

    JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit (JIT) - providing tools for creating interactive data visualizations for the web
    posted by Blazecock Pileon on Feb 12, 2012 - 14 comments

    WAT.

    WAT. - A lightning talk by Gary Bernhardt from CodeMash 2012, on the peculiarities of some popular scripting languages. (Single video link, around 4 minutes in length.)
    posted by Slap*Happy on Feb 2, 2012 - 37 comments

    Mustache 2.0

    Face detection has various applications. Easymustache.com is perhaps not one of the most practical ones. [more inside]
    posted by tykky on Jan 30, 2012 - 66 comments

    Nostalgia embedded on a web page

    A complete playable Nintendo Gameboy Color system, emulated in JavaScript and HTML5, with Super Mario Land, Zelda, Megaman, Final Fantasy, Tetris and more.
    posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Jan 24, 2012 - 39 comments

    Javascript

    What's a JavaScript Closure? Ever wonder about some of JavaScript's more advanced and esoteric features? Nathan Whitehead's interactive tutorial explains and walks through each of these concepts one step at a time. At the end of each lesson, you are encouraged to write short snippets of code demonstrating the concepts that you just learned, which are then automatically checked for errors and verified.

    Perhaps you're new to JavaScript, or programming in general; CodeAcademy offers similar interactive tutorials that will teach you the basics, and hold your hand along the way. Perhaps you'd rather learn at a more even pace; CodeAcademy's CodeYear will introduce you to one new concept every week throughout 2012. [more inside]
    posted by schmod on Jan 20, 2012 - 42 comments

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