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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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Node.js logo in the state of Texas

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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We're so excited that our friends Yehuda Katz and Tom Dale from Tilde will be stopping by the Bocoup Loft to deliver Introduction to Ember training April 22-24.

At Bocoup, we support a wide variety of Open Web technologies. We believe in the right tool for the job, so we're actively exploring different MV* libraries and frameworks. That's why we're happy to support Ember.js training in addition to hosting Backbone.js trainings and meetups, and the newly-formed Angular.js meetup for the Boston development community. If you're looking to learn more about Ember.js, we hope to see you there!

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