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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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Making an HTML5 Canvas Based Game: A Tutorial Using AngularJS and CreateJS

by Avinash Kaza

There are many programming platforms used to develop games, and there are a plethora of devices to play them on, but when it comes to playing games in a web browser, Flash-based development still leads the way. What if we could port these games to HTML5 Canvas technology and play them on mobile browsers as well? In this article, Toptal engineer Avinash Kaza gave a solution to this.

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Remembering Matthew Osborne

by Stephen Toulouse

Community is made up of individuals and one of our own, Matthew Osborne, has passed away unexpectedly. We want to express our deepest condolences to Matthew's family.

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React.js View State Management Tutorial

by Leonardo Andrés Garcia Crespo

One of the biggest and most common problems in front-end web development is state management. A developer is constantly focused on keeping the state object in sync with its view and the DOM representation. Users can interact with the application in many ways and it's a big task to provide a clean transition from one view state to another. We will see how using React JavaScript library can help us reduce application complexity and offload UI transitions from our application.

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Bypassing Chinese Internet Censorship: How I Built a Censored Microblog Aggregator

by Xiaolei Liu

As is known worldwide, the Chinese government enforces strict censorship on the internet. Virtually everything is under the government’s surveillance. In order to be allowed to operate, ISPs and internet content providers in China usually have their own content filtering mechanism for blocking or removing the published content by its users, or even deleting users’ account directly if they are assumed to be illegal under the government policy.

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Mirror API Tutorial: Google Glass for Web Developers

by Demir Selmanovic

Wouldn’t it be great to develop for Google Glass without learning a new programming language, and even by just using knowledge common to all web developers? Yes, it is possible! This article will introduce you to web development techniques you can use to build application used on Google Glass.

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A Guide to Rails Engines in the Wild: Real World Examples of Rails Engines in Action

by Joe James

Why are Rails Engines not used more often? I don't know the answer, but I do think that the generalization of "Everything is an Engine" has hidden the problem domains that they can help to solve.

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The 5 Most Common Mistakes HTML5 Developers Make: A Beginner’s Guide

by Demir Selmanovic

It's been over 20 years since Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau specified HTML, which became the standard markup language used to build the Internet. HTML5 was supposed to finally solve our problems and become "one standard to rule them all (browsers)". This was probably one of the most anticipated technologies since creation of the World Wide Web.

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