New Pluralsight Course: jQuery Tips & Tricks

I’m happy to announce that I have another new course on Pluralsight called jQuery Tips and Tricks that I co-authored with Dan Wahlin. It was an honor to work alongside Dan and to get to know him better in the process.

<blockquote>“jQuery provides a powerful set of features that can be used to build applications but do you know some of the key tips, tricks and best practices that can be used to reduce code, promote re-use and simplify maintenance? In the jQuery Tips and Tricks course Dan Wahlin and Elijah Manor will walk you through key tips and tricks learned over the years of building applications with jQuery. Topics covered include tips and tricks related to working with the DOM, handling and triggering events, making Ajax calls, working with and caching data locally, as well as taking advantage of built-in jQuery utility functions.”</blockquote>
You might be wondering how the above course is different from another course I recently published called Fixing Common jQuery Bugs. The new course focuses on showing best practices when using jQuery and revealing some of the hidden and underlying concepts. Whereas, my previous course teaches from another viewpoint. The fixing bugs course tries to focus on issues that you might run into and then uncover what is going on and how to fix the problem. There is a little overlap, but the majority of the content is different between the two courses.

I hope you enjoy the courses and thanks for those that have watched or are going to watch!

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New Pluralsight Course: Fixing Common jQuery Bugs

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Unit Test like a Secret Agent with Sinon.js

The following content comes from the forth module of my Pluralsight course entitled: Front-End First: Testing and Prototyping JavaScript Apps. The rest of the course covers an introduction to Unit Testing, Examples of Hard to Test Code, Mocha (a JavaScript test runner), Grunt (a JavaScript task runner), Mockjax (a way to mock Ajax requests), mockJSON (a way to generate semi-random complex objects for prototyping), and more.


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Testing and Prototyping JavaScript Applications

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve finished my first course for Pluralsight entitled Front-End First: Testing and Prototyping JavaScript Apps.

Years ago it was common for the back-end to have code coverage, but having unit tests for client-side JavaScript was difficult, cumbersome, and rare. Thankfully, today that is no longer the case. By using various tools and libraries such as Mocha, Sinon.js, and GruntJS you can easily provide code coverage for your front-end as well.

Historically a front-end developer had to wait until the back-end was complete before they could start truly building a functional User Interface. Thankfully today there are libraries such as Mockjax, AmplifyJS, and mockJSON that can enable you to simulate the interactions with the back-end before its even complete. By doing so, this enables a front-end developer to work independently from the back-end and allows both teams to efficiently work within their speciality.


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AngleBrackets Sessions and Slides

I had a great time this week at the AngleBrackets conference in Las Vegas, NV. It was the first year for this web focused conference.

I was honored to speak alongside John Papa (@john_papa), Dan Wahlin (@danwahlin), Scott Hanselman (@shanselman), Christian Heilmann (@codepo8), Lea Verou (@LeaVerou), Denise Jacobs (@denisejacobs), Jim Cowart (@ifandelse), Todd Anglin (@toddanglin), Burke Holland (@burkeholland), and more….

Thanks you for everyone who was able to attend my talks. It was great to meet you all. I enjoyed our conversations and your questions. I hope to see you all around at another conference in the near future! The following are the talks that I gave this past week.

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