This summer, Bocoup worked with Mozilla and PBS to build an open source, real-time web application for the 2012 US Presidential election. When we began, PBS (specifically, the folks at News Hour) had already completed a client-side application called “Map Center“. Map Center enabled users to view US demographic data and experiment with electoral college […]

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Introduction Flexbox is a new layout mode in CSS3 that is designed for the more sophisticated needs of the modern web. This article will describe the newly-stablized Flexbox syntax in technical detail. Browser support is going to grow quickly, so you’ll be ahead of the game when support is wide enough for Flexbox to be […]

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Many people are inspired by the fantastic data visualizations published on the Open Web every day, but the practice of creating these engaging pieces is often shrouded in mystery. The first OpenVis Conf — set for May 16-17 in Boston — aims to change that, with two days of talks focused entirely on the process […]

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Many of us here at Bocoup spend a lot of our time helping others get better at JavaScript and working with open web technologies, from Adam Sontag working with folks to solve their problems in the #jquery IRC channel, to Ben Alman working out the perfect way to explain an IIFE, to Greg Smith guiding […]

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Today we at the Miso Project are excited to release a new library, called Storyboard, our state management library for control flow of interactive interfaces. As more and more of our code is written in an asynchronous manner, managing the flow of our code becomes more challenging. Event broadcasting and subscriptions is a common pattern […]

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This post was written in collaboration with Alex Graul, Miso Project‘s co-creator. We are excited to release version 0.3.0 of Miso Dataset today that is full of new features. For the gory details, you can take a look at the closed issues, but this post will cover the major enhancements to the Dataset library. Miso […]

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If you’re planning to catch the U.S. presidential debates tonight, you should have a second screen open and a browser pointed to ReConstitution 2012, a web application that we collaborated on with Sosolimited for The Creators Project. ReConstitution 2012 is a live deconstruction of the presidential debates. It scrapes the closed caption data from the […]

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One of the most important ways we accomplish our mission to move the Open Web forward is through helping and training web developers. To this end, we’re working to make open web education as accessible as possible via resources such as jqfundamentals.com, our public classes and workshops, and the Essentials Tours we’re bringing to cities […]

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A week or so ago we got some exciting news — The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is releasing an incredible dataset about the usage of Hubway Bicycles that collects more than half a million rides! Not only is the data being released, but along with it a Visualization Challenge has been announced here. Our […]

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GitHub offers a great feature called WebHook URLs. You can add a url to take advantage of git’s post-receive hook and get a POST request containing data related to a repository push (e.g., commits, tags, and head-resets). While the data is very detailed and thorough, its complexity and focus on mimicking the git operations make […]

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