Finally Native Browser JavaScript Development with jQuery or Polyfills - Lately in JavaScript podcast episode 74

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Nowadays current browsers implement so many HTML5 APIs natively, that it is possible to write JavaScript applications without needing jQuery nor other polyfill libraries that emulate those APIs.

That was one the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in the episode 74 of the Lately in JavaScript podcast.

They also talked about the mo.js library for Easy Web motion using SVG, using pre-compiled frameworks with just the parts you need, combining emoji Unicode characters to create new emojis, efficient aysnchronous loading of JavaScript for modern browsers, and realtime image scaling using the CSS zoom property.

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Introduction (00:20)

Podcast Summary (01:36)

An Introduction to mo.js for Easy Web Motion (5:16)

Frameworks without the framework: why didn't we think of this sooner? (12:05)

JavaScript Developers: Watch Your Language! (18:45)

Native JavaScript Development after Internet Explorer (24:12)

Emoji.prototype.length — a tale of characters in Unicode (26:08)

LoadJS is a tiny async loader for modern browsers (30:31)

Realtime image scaling (33:55)

JavaScript Innovation Award Nominees of  September 2016 (36:48)

JavaScript Innovation Award Rankings of 2016 (55:42)

Conclusion (58:21)


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Summary of the podcast

OK first let's start with a brief summary of the topic of this podcast hangout.

First we have here an article about a library mo.js it says it is a library for motion for the web as you may see already it has some parts of the page that are being animated. This is achieved with SVG graphics and there are some examples in the article that shows how it works with some examples of code. 

Next we talk about "Framework without  the framework: why didn't we think of this sooner". It's basically an article about somehow generating code to use at runtime that is simpler then the whole framework with all the features that it can use so it will be a smaller set of the code, just what you need for your application.

In the next article that we want to comment "JavaScript developers watch your language" it's somehow a criticism to the complications that may arise from using things like transpilers like babel and such and the consequences that it may have in the future that we should be aware. 

The next article is about native JavaScript development after Internet Explorer. Basically it talks about the what is it like today that we can use many features of JavaScript and html5 in the modern browsers without using polyfills, so it's all native to the current browsers eventually without jQuery.

The next topic is about using emojis and combining emojis to generate different images that may represent a single emoji but they are composed of several emojis and this talks about the possibilities of using Unicode to combine emojis in JavaScript.

The next topic is about a library, this one is a simple one, is a library that can work for modern browsers and provides asynchronous loading of scripts in a way that works well with the current browsers that are being actively being supported and finally we have a topic on performing smooth images zooming in a way that takes advantage of the features like this CSS zoom property and and use that to implement animations.

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