New Pluralsight Course – Play by Play: Docker for Web Developers

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with my friend John Papa and talk about how Docker can be used to boost Web development productivity. In this Play by Play course on Pluralsight we discuss what Docker is and how you can get started using it by installing Docker Toolbox or Docker for Mac/Windows. We discuss what images and containers are and the role they play, talk about the layered file system, as well as how you can quickly and easily get a full development environment up and running on your dev machine with Docker Compose. This same environment can easily be […]

Getting Started with ES6 – Transpiling ES6 to ES5 with Traceur and Babel

In the first post in this series I introduced key features in ECMAScript 6 (ES6), discussed tools that can be used today to transpile code to ES5 so that it can work in today’s browsers, and listed several resources that will help get you started. Before jumping into the first official ES6 feature (that’s coming in the next post) I wanted to write a step-by-step walkthrough that covers how to get the Traceur and Babel transpilers working with Gulp (a JavaScript task runner). I’m also going to sneak in a little TypeScript as well since it’s another option. By getting […]

Creating Custom AngularJS Directives Part 7 – Creating a Unique Value Directive using $asyncValidators

Creating Custom AngularJS Directives Series In a previous post I demonstrated how to build a unique value directive to ensure that an email address isn’t already in use before allowing a user to save a form. With changes in AngularJS 1.3+, several new features are available to clean up the previous version of the directive and make it easier to work with. In this post I’ll update the previous post, walk-through some of the new features in a directive called wcUnique, and show how a few of the new features can be applied.  The code shown is part of the […]

Learning AngularJS by Example – The Customer Manager Application

Updated: 9/23/2014 I’m always tinkering around with different ideas and toward the beginning of 2013 decided to build a sample application using AngularJS that I call Customer Manager. The goal of the application is to highlight a lot of the different features offered by AngularJS and demonstrate how they can be used together. I also wanted to make sure that the application was approachable by people new to Angular since I’ve never found overly complex applications great for learning new concepts. The application initially started out small and was used in my AngularJS in 60-ish Minutes video on YouTube but […]