2012.12.10

Travis CI : Continuous Integration Made Easy

This weekend I spent some time improving the structure of some of my open source projects repositories and also finally decided to add a Travis-ci hook to the most active/newest ones.

Travis is a free continuous integration server for open source projects that can be used to automate tests and help you deal with projects that have multiple contributors. If you are familiar with GitHub you probably seen their build status icons on a few projects before (on the image above). It can be used to test multiple languages like JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, Java and many others. It also have options to notify the project maintainers every time the build status changes or on each commit. (email, IRC, campfire, etc)

It is really easy to setup it if your tests are already executed on the command line. If the tests needs a browser to work you can hook a headless browser like PhantomJS. - For my projects I’m just executing the tests on node.js for now since that should be enough to catch most errors. - Having a headless browser can help to double check if the code works on multiple environments.

Travis documentation is very clear and the amount of boilerplate is minimal, for a regular node.js project you just need a file named .travis.yml on the root folder containing:

 language: node_js
 node_js: 0.8

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2012.12.07

esformatter & rocambole

Yesterday I pushed 2 new projects to github, was unsure if I was going to do it since maintaining opensource projects can demand a lot of time but heck, I’m looking for contributors and they can be useful to more people, so why not?

I used editors/IDEs that had a good code formatter for a while and ever since I started doing more JavaScript development I missed a code formatter as powerful/flexible as FDT. I know WebStorm has a very good support for JavaScript but nowadays I’m a Vim user and it’s really hard to make the switch. I wish I could have the same amount of settings on a command-line tool, that way it could be hooked into multiple text editors (Vim, Emacs, SublimeText, Cloud9, etc…), have an external configuration file (so it could be shared between team members) and used to batch-process files. Being written in JavaScript would also be a plus (so it could be used inside the browser and have more contributors).

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2012.12.03

Why I favor while loops

I remember that my first contact with programming loops was through the for statement and I used it almost exclusively for many years. I’ll explain why I’ve been favoring while loops over for loops in the past couple years. Beware that this is only my personal preference and the reasoning behind it are very subjective. Use what works better for you.

TL;DR: while is less verbose and more clear in many cases.

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2012.11.21

nodefy: convert AMD modules to node.js

I’ve been using amd-utils on almost all my projects and sometimes I find myself wanting to use some of the methods on my node.js programs as well, so I decided to write a tool to convert the modules automatically.

The tool uses Esprima internally so it will keep the indentation, comments and it should work as long as the code can be parsed by Esprima. It will do as few replacements as possible to avoid undesired side effects.

Check the project repository for more info and please use the issue tracker for feature requests, bug reports and questions/feedback.

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2012.11.09

Avoiding the this keyword on jQuery related code

jQuery implements some nice abstractions for DOM manipulation and browser events, removing a lot of crossbrowser issues and making it easier to accomplish non-trivial tasks. - it also has drawbacks and some poor design decisions, but I will leave that for another post. Maybe one day I will write my jQuery 2.0 wishlist… - Today I will explain why I usually avoid using the magic this keyword inside event handlers and inside most methods that manipulates jQuery collections.

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