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One of the new features in SproutCore v1.10.0 was a PhantomJS unit test runner. It allowed us to automate SproutCore’s own framework unit tests, giving us awesome continuous integration support right in GitHub via the great Travis-CI service. If you use CoreTest, SproutCore’s built-in (QUnit-like) unit test framework, then you can also use this to run your own tests from the command line – meaning you can automate it, and hook it up to your own CI scaffolding. It’s impossible to overstate the impact that continuous, automatic unit testing has on the quality and stability of your codebase. Prerequistites You will need to have PhantomJS installed before using the test runner. Full instructions for this can be found here. You will also need to track down SproutCore’s installed location in order to run its test runner script. If you’ve got a copy checked out into your ... (more)

If you want to design the kind of UI Smashing Magazine likes,...

If you want to design the kind of UI Smashing Magazine likes, maybe you should be using SproutCore. :-) Smashing Magazing The Book: Chapter 1 ... (more)

SproutCore Meetup in DC @ jsconf

SproutCore Meetup in DC @ jsconf: I’ll be in Washington DC for jsconf and we’re going to have a SproutCore git-together while I’m there.  If you’re in the DC area add your name to the list and nominate a place to meet. We’ll have dinner, drink beer and talk about SproutCore.  There might even be prises in the mix.  See you there! ... (more)

The Frozen Canuck Is At It Again

The Frozen Canuck is at it again.  This time with I think the first public explanation of how to build a custom view with the new SC.View class. Notice that SproutCore 1.0 views are built using a simple render() method where you generate HTML.  It’s a really easy API and it just so happens to be extremely fast, especially in IE where DOM manipulation is very expensive. Check it: Creating a Simple Custom View in SproutCore: Part1 ... (more)

Aspect-Oriented Programming and You

One of the coolest parts of the new SproutCore View layer is its ability to use aspect-based programming to add behaviors to views. Aspect-based programming is built on the premise that often objects that don’t follow from the same class hierarchy may in fact need similar behaviors. This is especially true in GUI programming when designers come to you and say something like “I came up with this new widget - it looks kind of like a progress bar but it acts like a button when you click on it”. In SproutCore, you capture these common behaviors in a “mixin”.  A mixin is just a colle... (more)