MetricsGraphics.js uses D3 to visualize time-series data with ease #

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:

metrics-graphics-examples

Check out all of the examples of what’s possible here:

Would you like some Mongo with your Postgres? #

Speaking of PostgreSQL, ToroDB is a JSON database that runs on top of Postgres.

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.

pgweb: a web-based PostgreSQL database browser written in Go #

PostgreSQL is — hands-down — my favorite persistence engine. However, it has long lacked the tooling of its alternatives. Tools like pgweb are changing that story.

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.

pgweb-query

Strip: A side loading Lightbox that works great at all sizes #

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.

Gulp as an (OS X) app #

A powerful command-line tool married to a slick GUI is a beautiful thing. Sindre Sorhus’ gulp-app is just that.

gulp-app

It’s OS X only at the moment, but expansion to other operating systems is on the road map.

Einhorn: the language-independent shared socket manager #

Cool Ruby gem from the team at Stripe which makes it easy to run multiple copies of a single long-lived process. From their announcement post:

Einhorn makes it easy to have multiple instances of an application server listen on the same port. You can also seamlessly restart your workers without dropping any requests. Einhorn requires minimal application-level support, making it easy to use with an existing project.

I’m going to take a seriously look at Einhorn before deploying my next app.

einhorn

(also this)

CloudTunes: your web-based music player for the cloud #

Great idea and execution from Jakub Roztočil:

CloudTunes provides a unified interface for music stored in the cloud (YouTube, Dropbox, etc.) and integrates with Last.fm, Facebook, and Musicbrainz for metadata, discovery, and social experience. It is similar to services like Spotify, except instead of local tracks and the fixed Spotify catalog, CloudTunes uses your files stored in Dropbox and music videos on YouTube.

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