15 June, 2016

Is Meteor Dead or Dying?
By: Matthew Jackson

Short Answer: No

Long Answer: Constantly

Why?

Well... The javascript ecosystem moves quickly, every 2 years there is a big boom in a new direction. Some quick research by Anthony (a.com) shows:

Backbone September 2010 May 2012
Ember.js November 2011 April 2013
AngularJs March 2012 August 2014

For Meteor's initial release in 2012, the above trend doesn't bode well, but it has stood for quite some time and likely will...

Tags: Meteor

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13 April, 2016

VR with AFrame vs Three.js vs Babylon.js
By: Matthew Jackson

It is hard to compare three great evolving libraries. They all grow and change, but it is good to know what is working now and what isn't. 

BabylonJS

This library probably is evolving faster than ThreeJS. It is always hard to tell, but they both don't have that many contributors besides their founders. It does look like Babylon had more updates recently and s more active community. 

It is worth noting that I did try BabylonJs a few months ago with Google Cardboard and it...

Tags: AFrame

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16 February, 2016

AFrame Clickable Entities
By: Matthew Jackson

A-Frame tutorials use "document.querySelector"; however, using document.querySelectorAll, has a bug that doesn't apply. Also if you want to affect newly added objects, querySelector was having issues (Edit: It is working now).

Luckily, we have a workaround to use jQuery.

$("body").on("click","a-entity",function(){
      console.log("Clicked!");
      this.setAttribute('material', 'color',...

Tags: AFrame

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30 September, 2015

ICE4J Networking Part 2 (HTTP Post/Get with Java)
By: Matthew Jackson

Jitsi logoHow do you get your information to the wesite?

Below is some simple code that I wrote that will allow you to take anray where the first index (postParams[i][0]) is the paramater name, the second paramater (postParams[i][1]) is the paramater value. They must both be formatted to strings since that is how the post request is formatted. 

public static String postRequest(String targetURL, String[][] postParams) {
        URL url;
       ...

Tags: ICE4J, Java, Networking

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