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Bocoup’s web applications team is made up of engineers and designers that have spent their careers solving hard problems in the open and sharing their solutions with the broader community. Partnering with us to architect and ship your web application means working alongside the creators and stewards of modern technologies and workflows. Whether you’re looking for a full end-to-end partner to take you from design ideation through continuous delivery on any device, or help leveraging a specific technology on your team, we have the expertise to help make it happen.

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A diagram showing WordPress content flowing out into mobile applications, reports and desktop websites and data dashboards, with yellow stars signifying enthusiasm

In December WordPress 4.7 shipped with a built-in REST API, giving every WordPress site out-of-the-box REST endpoints for the core WordPress data types such as posts, comments and categories. This release is the culmination of almost four years of work by a globally-distributed contributor team, and I'm proud to say that here at Bocoup we've been involved in the project for over three years now.

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Last year we had a successful Knight Foundation Prototype Grant-funded collaboration with the University of Washington Interactive Data Lab (IDL) to improve their Voyager data exploration tool. At the end of our collaboration we knew we wanted to work with the amazing team from the IDL again, so we were thrilled when Jeff Heer & Arvind Satyanarayan approached us to help build the next version of Lyra. Lyra is an interactive, open-source visualization environment built on top of the IDL’s Vega visualization specification language.

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We are in the homestretch with our git workflow walkthrough. I knew we could do it! Last time, we looked at a few ways to review pull requests. In this final (for now!) installment, we will merge our reviewed changes back into master.

Once your pull request reviewer is satisfied with the changes, you’ll get the coveted +1 (or equivalent affirmative emoji), which means it’s time to get this thing merged!

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In many cases, a visual check of the changes via the PR page on GitHub is enough to give a +1 to changes. That’s how we did things in our previous walkthrough post.

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We're thrilled to announce a new workshop on July 23rd, the day prior to TXJS! Austin's very own Bocouper Kassandra Perch aka Nodebotanist will be providing a full day workshop introducing server programming with Node.js.

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One of the best parts about working at Bocoup is the freedom we have to explore ideas and open source projects. The diverse range of experience and interest we all bring to the table means there are always interesting open conversations taking place in the office; both about the implementation of specific ideas and the broader concepts of architecting software. Listening to and participating in these conversations has been a great way for me to evaluate and reflect on my personal experience and methods for doing things.

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Screen shot of Solitaire Rush HTML5 is ready for mobile Open Web games. Flash is absent or disappearing on mobile devices. Meanwhile, in the US and the UK, 20% of Internet users are mobile-only, and in some markets more than half of Internet users are mobile-only. It is widely held that the next two billion people coming online in the developing world will be on mobile phones.

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Here at Bocoup I've been building a lot of multiplayer HTML5 games using Node.js and Socket.io. This stack has been working great for us! We've used Socket.io in our work with Game Show Network, PBS and MIT, and we build all kinds of stuff on Node.

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Why would Bocoup, a company whose charge is to "move the open web forward," be publishing an article on something so nefarious-sounding as "information hiding"? An article titled "Free Love & Information in JavaScript" would seem much more apt for this blog. Trust me: if information hiding were an inherently immoral practice, I wouldn't know anything about it. I probably would have spent most of high school trying to convince my peers that I was actually way into information hiding (despite being afraid of it).

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Mozilla recently announced FirefoxOS, an innovative project for mobile devices that uses Open Web standards to write UI and applications in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The team at Mozilla has done an incredible amount of work connecting a version of Gecko made specifically for the mobile operating system, to Gaia, the web technology-driven UI of the phone. They’ve also been working to create a full suite of applications to drive the capabilities of the phone.

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