HTML 5 Asteroids

For some months I've been playing around with HTML 5's Canvas element because I was curious about it, especially after seeing it run Flash. I hacked at it for a while then realized I had produced an Asteroids game.

JWT Authentication

Authentication models for hosting platforms require more considerations due to 3rd party api access. We wanted to be able to issue user auth tokens for 3rd party apps (think OAuth), as well as be able to verify authentication of local native api calls (through our iframe native app hooks). Our solution was to use Json Web Tokens (JWT) with ES256 encryption (public/private key pair), which allows us to verify signed tokens using a public key which can be shared without compromising the security of our tokens. It also allows us to statelessly sign tokens for 3rd party developer use.

Here's a sample implementation of a basic authentication strategy (extensible to allow scoped tokens).

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Pointy Slider

A slideshow with sliding-in panels that unveil new, fixed background images.

Today’s resource is a simple, responsive slider, with a sharp design and an interesting motion effect: with each new slide item, a sliding-in block of content covers the old one, and unveils a new image.

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Muuri: Responsive, sortable grid layouts

Muuri creates responsive, sortable, filterable and draggable grid layouts. They manage to pack a lot of features into a small package. Muuri is basically Packery + Masonry + Isotope and jQuery UI sortable. Muuri’s layout system allows positioning the grid items within the container in pretty much any way imaginable. The default “First Fit” bin packing layout algorithm generates similar layouts as Packery and Masonry. The implementation is heavily based on the “maxrects” approach as described by Jukka Jylänki in his research A Thousand Ways to Pack the Bin. However, you can also provide your own layout algorithm to position the items in any way you want.