Back of the brain…

This is going to be a living post.  In it I’ll keep a continually changing and morphing list of things I’ve ran across that I want to dig into further and research, learn, play with, etc.  It never fails, as I’m diving head first into learning something new, I always run across other things I want to learn and start following those threads, which in turn lead to find other threads to follow.  The end result is I always forget where I started and what I was originally trying to learn. Oh the pains of being ADHD and slightly OCD.  🙂

So, in an effort to try to solve the life-long dilemma, I’m going to start adding these new threads here instead of either immediately following them, or thinking “I’ll follow that later” and at the same time knowing I’ll forget before “later” comes around and I’ll never follow it.  Hopefully, at various points in my life, I’ll remember to come back here and pick something from the list and follow it and thus my desire to research and learn all things “cool and geeky” in the world will eventually be fulfilled.

  • V8 – Google’s open-source Javascript engine they use in their browser, Chrome.  It supposedly compiles down to native machine language and uses “hidden classes” behind the scenes to make it very fast.
  • JavaScriptDotNet – “Javascript .NET integrates Google’s V8 Javascript engine and exposes it to the CLI environment. Javascript .NET compiles (at runtime) and executes scripts directly from .NET code. It allows CLI objects to be exposed and manipulated directly from the executed Javascript.
  • node.js – “… a platform built on Chrome’s JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.
  • Socket IO – Allows for real-time bi-directional communication with a server in a Javascript web application.  Uses HTML5’s WebSockets if available.  Possible good library to use for WebSockets functionality since WebSockets are supported on all the major browsers (read “IE 9 and earlier don’t support it”).  Starting with IE 10, all the major browsers should support WebSockets and SocketIO will use WebSockets if available.  It will fall back on Flash Sockets, AJAX long polling, and others to enable functionality even in older browsers.
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