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Let LoopBack Do It: A Walkthrough of the Node API Framework You've Been Dreaming Of

by Jovan Jovanovic

While Ruby has Rails and Python has Django, the dominant application development framework for Node has yet to be established. But, there is a powerful contender gaining steam: LoopBack, an open source API framework built by StrongLoop, the creators of Express. Let's take a closer look at LoopBack and it's capabilities by turning everything into practice and building an example application.

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The 8 Most Common Mistakes That Ember.js Developers Make

by Balint Erdi

Ember.js is a comprehensive framework for building complex client-side applications. But, as with any advanced framework, there are still pitfalls Ember developers may fall into. With the following post, I hope to provide a map to evade these. Let's jump right in!!

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Building Modern Web Applications with AngularJS and Play Framework

by Denys Sinyakov

Building robust web applications is often a lot about choosing the right tools. Doing so with a combination of tools that ensure both a modern, flexible front-end, and a solid, reliable back-end is something everybody wants. This article demonstrates exactly that trick by combining AngularJS and Play Framework to build a simple blog application.

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Learn Markdown: The Writing Tool for Software Developers

by Storm Farrell

Face it, you're a software engineer, not a graphic designer. When you need to write a manual, technical document, or report, you just want to write it and be done with it. Especially for you as a software engineer -- who is not put off by needing to learn and use some basic syntax conventions -- Markdown can be the path of least resistance between what you want to write and getting it written.

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JSON Web Token Tutorial: An Example in Laravel and AngularJS

by Tino Tkalec

Authentication is one of the most important parts of any web application. For decades, cookies and server-based authentication was the easiest solution. However, handling authentication in modern Mobile and Single Page Applications can be tricky and demand a better approach. One of the best known solutions to authentication problems for APIs is the JSON Web Token (JWT).

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Survey of the Best Online Mapping Tools for Web Developers: The Roadmap to Roadmaps

by Tomislav Bacinger

Making your own maps is not a big undertaking anymore, but for developers not familiar with web mapping, the agony of choice might be intimidating. You want to make maps, but don't know where to start nor which tools to use. I am here to help. Here, I'll discuss several of the best available tools, providing a brief overview of each, along with code examples, and weighing the pros and cons.

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Installing Django on IIS: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

by Ivan Voras

Although the most wide-spread and supported way of running Django is on a Linux system (e.g., with uwsgi and nginx), it actually doesn't take much work to get it to run on IIS. In this article, Toptal Engineer Ivan Voras walks you through a step-by-step tutorial, clearly explaining how to install Django on IIS.

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How GWT Unlocks Augmented Reality in Your Browser

by Alberto Mancini

In our previous post on the GWT Web Toolkit, we discussed the strengths and characteristics of GWT, to mix Java and JavaScript libraries seamlessly in the browser. In today's post, we would like to go a little deeper, and see the GWT Toolkit in action. We'll demonstrate how we can take advantage of GWT to build a peculiar application: an augmented reality web application that runs in real time, fully in JavaScript, in the browser. We'll focus on how GWT gives us the ability to interact easily with many JavaScript APIs, such as WebRTC and WebGL, and allows us to harness a large Java library, NyARToolkit, never intended to be used in the browser.

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MIDI Tutorial: Creating Browser-Based Audio Applications Controlled by MIDI Hardware

by Stéphane P. Péricat

Modern web browsers provide a rich set of APIs; some of which have been around for a long time, and have since been used to build powerful web applications. Web Audio API has been popular among HTML5 game developers, however, the Web MIDI API and its capabilities have yet to be utilized. In this article, Toptal engineer Stéphane P. Péricat guides you through the basics of the Web MIDI API, and shows you how to build a simple monosynth to play with your favorite MIDI device.

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