Node.js Stream Playground

This summer I had the opportunity to attend NodeConf and it was a fantastic experience. I really appreciated how every session was a hands-on coding session: I felt like I walked away knowing how to put a bunch of advice directly into practice. One of my favorite sessions was the one run by James Halliday […]

Comment · Posted: November 15th, 2013

Gittip at Khan Academy

For a while now I’ve been a huge fan of Gittip. I think they’ve created one of the most interesting models for funding Open Source development. One of the missing pieces, for most Open Source developers, is having consistent, reliable, income backing your development. Some developers are sponsored by their work place, others have a […]

Comment · Posted: July 16th, 2013

Asm.js: The JavaScript Compile Target

Like many developers I’ve been excited by the promise of Asm.js. Reading the recent news that Asm.js is now in Firefox nightly is what got my interest going. There’s also been a massive surge in interest after Mozilla and Epic announced (mirror) that they had ported Unreal Engine 3 to Asm.js – and that it […]

Comment · Posted: April 3rd, 2013

WebKit is the jQuery of Browser Engines

The news has just come out that Opera is switching all of their browsers (both mobile and desktop) to use WebKit (specifically, Chromium). I’ve seen a lot of gnashing of teeth on Twitter and I feel like I can respond because I use to feel the same way back in 2008-2009. However this is 2013 […]

Comment · Posted: February 13th, 2013

Fixing Google Analytics for Ghostery

As an avid user of Ghostery, which blocks all sorts of tracking scripts, pixels, and other web bugs I frequently run across a surprising issue: The case in which the Google Analytics ga.js script has been blocked from loading (which is intended) but then some critical piece of functionality on the site is broken. The […]

Comment · Posted: February 8th, 2013

Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja Released

Happy news! My book, Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja is finally in stock on Amazon! It’s been available on for over a month now but I think Amazon has been struggling to keep the books consistently in stock. You can get an ePub or Kindle version of the book at I’ve written about […]

Comment · Posted: February 7th, 2013

Keeping Passwords in Source Control

I learned a neat tip from my co-worker, Craig Silverstein (more on Craig joining Khan Academy), recently and I thought others might find it to be useful. It has to deal with the eternal question: How do you store sensitive configuration options (such as usernames, passwords, etc.) in source control? Typically what I’ve done is […]

Comment · Posted: February 6th, 2013

i18n Module for Node and Express.js

As a follow-up to my post from last week on a strategy for i18n and Node.js I’ve published my module for handling internationalization in Node and, specifically, Express.js. The module is now available on NPM and can be installed by running: npm install i18n-2 The code and documentation for the module is available on Github […]

Comment · Posted: January 15th, 2013

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