There is a notion in the software industry that teams are either “doing Scrum” or not. That is true in some cases, but the majority of teams are using a hybrid of methodologies based on their experiences and situation. Some of this apparent isolation is linguistic: Scrum has its own terminology for some notions that […]

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As a side project, I decided to reimplement a classic bump chart visualization using JavaScript and D3. Check it out here. My Introduction to the Bump Chart This bizarre but majestic visualization was originally created for the 1890 US Statistical Atlas by the wonderfully talented Henry Gannett. It provides a look at the most populated […]

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After three years of community development, Johnny-Five has its own home on the web – we’re thrilled to announce johnny-five.io! The new site combines content from the repo, the wiki, tutorials from the Bocoup blog and several third-party websites into a single, easily-discoverable source: If you want to find the API documentation, that’s right here. […]

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The Data Visualization Team here at Bocoup has been hard at work building an exciting interactive experience. Today we are really thrilled to share our work with you. Please welcome to the world Stereotropes: Stereotropes is an interactive visualization experiment, exploring a set of “tropes” authored and tracked by a community of contributors on TV […]

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On March 5, 2015, Technical Machine announced the next generation of their Tessel platform: the Tessel 2. Additionally, Technical Machine announced a prototype-to-production service for products that are built with the Tessel 2. These are both very exciting developments for the future of NodeBots. According to Technical Machine, the Tessel 2 builds on and grows […]

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Learn JS Data is a new guide introducing JavaScript as a language that can support data processing and manipulation. While there are many great tutorials and examples for doing data processing in other languages, there appeared to be a deficiency of resources on data munging in JavaScript. And so, we have started to fill in […]

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Even as unconscionable amounts of snow have bombarded the Bocoup Loft this winter, we’ve kept ourselves warm by keeping the sun in our hearts – and in our plans. Summer’s always more fun with friends, and that’s why we’re partnering with our colleagues Nicole Sullivan and Alex Sexton to bring you CSSConf US and TXJS […]

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August 14, 2015. Mark your calendars. That’s my next birthday. Another important date is June 18, 2015–it’s when the ECMA General Assembly will vote on and approve the 6th edition of Ecma-262 and usher in the next era of JavaScript. On that day, all those new language features we’ve been coveting/dreading will officially enter our […]

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Back in the day, before color printers (or printers at all), people still had to make good data visualization. One way to do that was by using patterns instead of solid colors to indicate changes in scale or category. For example, take a look at this set of pie charts, using different patterns for different […]

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In the first post in this series, I walked through inventory, preparation, calibration and assembly of the SumoBot Kit that was provided to all attendees of this year’s RobotsConf. From there, I showed how to control the bot with an Arduino Uno, Electric Imp and Spark Core. In this article, I’m going walk through two […]

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