Posts Tagged ‘TDD’

Shit My Twitter Says: Xmas Edition

This is my list of favorites from Twitter for the past week. Be sure to take a look at not just the links, but the people posting up the great content. Some heavy hitters on the list this week.

Quake 3D Environment running in Flash

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Aerys shows off Minko, their tool for developing 3D applications for the Flash platform. This demo in particular is cool because they were members of the Adobe “Molehill” 3D API prerelease program.

Take a look to see the future of 3D in Flash, in a very familiar format. That’s right, Quake 3D right there in your browser.


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AutoHotkey is a free, open source utility to let you hotkey just about anything in Windows. Let’s you streamline and customize your Windows experience as much as you want. Here’s a brief list of hightlights:

  • Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks.
  • You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder.
  • Expand abbreviations as you type them. For example, typing “btw” can automatically produce “by the way”.
  • Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
  • Create custom data-entry forms, user interfaces, and menu bars.

Control Your Computer With Your Brain in AS3

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Sean Moore blogs about his exploits with NeuroSky’s Mindset headset, a USB device that actually reads brainwaves (EEG) as user input. It comes complete with a free, open source API for developing your own applications that use the headset. Also there’s a sort of brain emulator that allows you to develop against the API without even buying the headset.

Check out this blog post, and his previous one on the topic, to get a look at this incredibly cool technology.

Write high quality unit tested AS3 for fun and profit…

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A great assessment of unit testing resources, particularly as they relate the Actionscript 3 programming. The insights on the high points and pitfalls of test driven development are well worth the read.

“As with all code, complexity is easy. It is the default. Elegant simplicity is much more difficult.”

jQuery Mobile

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From the framework that made Javascript tolerable comes a version specially built for the unique needs of mobile developers. Enter jQuery Mobile.

My favorite part about this framework, other than the familiar syntax, is the upfront honesty about its compatibility. Check out the compatibility chart on the “Platforms” page for more details.


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Rockbox is an open source firmware for mp3 players, written from scratch. What this means is that you can load open source, totally customizable firmware onto the supported MP3 player of your choice. This includes the following (with many more unstable ports):

  • Apple iPods (lots of versions)
  • Archos
  • Cowon
  • iriver
  • Olympus
  • Packard Bell
  • SanDisk
  • Toshiba

So what can you do with it? You can customize the interface, use themes, watch movies, or even play Doom. Yes, Doom on your MP3 player. Badass.