Gather ’round, children. Your distant cousin mkelly is going to share a tale of excitement and mystery, of heroes and villains, of action and adventure.
Simon Wex and Robert Richter from the Mozilla Foundation presented Appmaker, an experiment into whether we can make it fun for non-developers to quickly make working apps. Widgets send “mail” to other widgets, which triggers them to do stuff like display cat pictures or take a photo. You can track development of Appmaker on their Github repo.
Brian Brennan showed us nodeschool.io, a community of learning focused on node.js. It’s focused around terminal-based challenges where you write code to solve realistic problems. Planned improvements include user accounts and open badge support.
OpenCL in the Browser
Scott Michaud presented a super-secret project (no links, sorry) that demoed a software renderer powered by OpenCL code running in Firefox. Presumably he was using the WebCL prototype plugin released by Nokia Research recently. Check it out!
While he was absent and thus didn’t present, Will Khan-Greene still added a screenshot of SUMO localized to dubstep on the wiki. This was achieved by using a dubstep locale in dennis, a set of localization tools that can, among other things, help you test out how your site looks with excessively large strings that may come from certain languages.
Basta also shared Panopticon (app is down as of writing), which is sort of like Skype and IRC combined. You join a room, select a user in that room, and get to see an animated GIF captured from their webcam, live. There’s a Github repository as well, for those who are interested or confused.
See ya’ll next month!