Why use TypeScript instead of just using JavaScript?

TLDR: Type safety, productivity, intellisense, and debugging. In continuing with my recent trend of using TypeScript, I wanted to illustrate how to create functions and variables in TypeScript, because this initially threw me into a loop. The code for this example can be found here. JavaScript and C# are the two languages I use in most of……


How to add type definitions to a TypeScript project

TLDR: Use typings install –ambient <name of framework> to install type definitions The code for this project can be found in this repository. I’m still pretty new to TypeScript and trying to get the hang of things. One thing I’ve had a difficult time with is getting type definitions. Most of the blog posts I could find……


How to force NPM to use latest version of TypeScript

I recently started using TypeScript for a new project, and hit a few snags along the way. The first of which, was that my local project was using an older version of TypeScript, specifically 1.0.3.0 . This was odd, because I had just installed the latest version of TypeScript, but globally and locally. I searched around and……


Sponza, the new WebGL demo from BabylonJS

Whenever I hear developers say “The web is slow” I think of the experiences others have crafted from WebGL, the graphics API available to the browser. Several developers from Microsoft started the open source WebGL framework, BabylonJS, several years ago and continue to build on it now. On this page you’ll find their latest experience. ……


Creating and debugging hosted web apps with ManifoldJS and VorlonJS

What problem do these two things solve? ManifoldJS aims to make the life of a mobile developer easier than ever, by utilizing  Web App Manifests,  which allowing websites to declare app-like properties. ManifoldJS uses that standard for those platforms that support it, but falls back to Cordova for those who don’t. Cordova is great, but the……


[Video] Talk on transpiling C/C++ to JavaScript with Emscripten

Writing code for multiple platforms can be a lot of work. It can be even more work to have to completely rewrite it for each one, too. What if you wrote an application in C++, but wanted it to be displayed in the browser somehow? Well now, with a tool called Emscripten, that’s possible. Emscripten……


Links from the latest newsletters

In the past, I’ve been posting that week’s newsletter on here nearly immediately after it went out to your emails. What I’ve decided to do recently was send out the newsletter every TWO weeks instead of each week, and now post this once a month, thereby combining the newsletters. I have had a nice couple……


Getting started with Emscripten

Writing code for multiple platforms can be a lot of work. It can be even more work to have to completely rewrite it for each one, too. What if you wrote an application in C++, but wanted it to be displayed in the browser somehow? Well now, with a tool called Emscripten, that’s possible. I……


A list of my favorite links this week

This is my weekly newsletter which covers my favorite stories of the week in the fields of Tech, HTML5, Startups, Game Dev, and Venture Capital. If you find some links that you think would be useful, feel free to share! You can always subscribe (or unsubscribe) by clicking on the MailChimp widget on the right-hand……