I hope that you enjoyed the new year and the holiday break. A lot has been happening this week and we have even more to look forward to in the forth coming year, for example: five technologies to look forward to in 2014
A lot of updates have occurred to libraries recently. From minor to extreme, the following are the more interesting ones:
fluidbox A lightbox with fluid transitions
wordcount Calculate file newlines, word, and byte counts on client side using HTML5 File API
math An extensive and powerful math library
shifty A flexible tweening engine
amMap Create interactive animated maps
planetary - rotating globes that are interactive and customisable
ocr Optical Character Recognition in JS
Managing the Asynchronous Nature of Node.js, removing deeply nested callbacks
An Introduction to the getUserMedia API, learning by playing with your webcam and mic
Are these really best practices? Be careful of what you take for granted, just because something is said to be a best practice.
Pete Hunt: React - Rethinking Best Practices (video), an intro to React, how it helps to speed things up, and provide simpler maintenance
Jasmine celebrates its 5th birthday. with a new release, and Blanket for checking your code coverage has been getting quite a lot of press lately. Articles have been coming out about integrating Mocha with Blanket.
Jasmine is 5 and 2.0
Blanket + Mocha with RequireJS (and Grunt) - code coverage setup guide
handlebars.js Handlebars provides the power necessary to let you build semantic templates effectively with no frustration
Handlebars.js ties Ghost, Ember and Assemble together
Single-Page Applications with Thorax.js
Zero to Nyancat in 30 Seconds Flat!
Orbit Viewer is a Chrome Experiment by Kevin Gill that helps visualise the orbits of comets and satellites
Are you feeling like keeping up with all of these updates? One thing's for sure, it's certainly an interesting time to be involved.
Please PM us if you have anything of interest for the next issue, and happy reading! - [Paul & [URL="http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/private.php?do=newpm&u=184222"]Pullo](http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/private.php?do=newpm&u=158377)