Flashlight is a plugin system for Yosemite’s (newly improved) Spotlight. It already supports weather, Wolfram|Alpha, terminal commands, and much more.
Plugins are written in Python, so it should be pretty easy to hop in and code up your own!
And it looks like it does them well. Demos here.
(Bonus: IE8+ support)
Adam and Jerod talk with Tom Dale and Yehuda Katz about the road to Ember 2.0 and the complete front-end stack it is today.
Speaking of D3, Mozilla open sourced a library they use on top of D3 to visualize time-series data in a “principled, consistent and responsive way.”
If you’re serious about visualizations, you’ll still want to learn D3 itself, but it’s great when we can optimize and simplify common use cases. That’s exactly what MetricsGraphics.js does. Here’s a taste:
Check out all of the examples of what’s possible here:
Adam and Jerod talk with Mike Perham about his new project Inspeqtor — his approach to better application infrastructure monitoring.
Adam and Jerod talk with Sara Golemon about her work at Facebook and making PHP awesome.
CSS Dig gives you a new way to analyze your CSS (using Google Chrome).
Consolidate, refactor, and gawk at the 37 shades of blue your site somehow ended up with. CSS Dig is a Chrome Extension that looks for stylesheets and style blocks on the webpage it’s run against and groups declarations together for easy inspection. For example, you can see how many colors are used and how often. This can help you consolidate your styles and help with refactors.
Does Addy Osmani’s new command line tool to compare the image weight of your pages with others on the web have a great name, or the greatest name?
JSON documents are stored relationally, not as a blob/jsonb. This leads to significant storage and I/O savings. It speaks natively the MongoDB protocol, meaning that it can be used with any mongo-compatible client.
MongoDB client compatibility. Smart. Still early days, though:
ToroDB follows a RERO (Release Early, Release Often) policy. Current version is considered a “developer preview” and hence is not suitable for production use. However, any feedback, contributions, help and/or patches are very welcome.
This is a web-based browser for PostgreSQL database server. It’s written in Go and works on Mac OSX, Linux and Windows machines… This project is an attempt to create a very simple and portable application to work with PostgreSQL databases.
ProgressBar.js is yet another JS lib that makes good use of SVG:
With ProgressBar.js, it’s easy to create arbitrary shaped progress bars. This library provides a few built‑in shapes like Line, Circle and Square but you can also create your own progress bars with Illustrator or any vector graphic editor.
Want to quickly analyze your website’s asset loading performance? Add PerfMap to Chrome’s bookmarks bar, load up your site, and trigger the bookmarklet to see a heat map similar to the one below:
Great idea and solid execution on a less intrusive responsive Lightbox:
Strip is a Lightbox that only partially covers the page. This makes it less intrusive and leaves room to interact with the page on larger screens while giving smaller mobile devices the classic Lightbox experience.
Check out the demos on the Strip homepage to see what the buzz is all about.
Go Package Store is a web app that displays updates for the Go packages in your GOPATH replete with changelogs and update buttons.