My Twitter Digest for 08/30/2013

Intention.js Allows You To Restructure HTML In Response To Just About Anything

Intention.js offers a light-weight and clear way to dynamically restructure HTML in a responsive manner.

Easily increase layout options and flexibility, reducing development time and lessening the necessity of media-query-driven stylesheet overrides.

via intention.js.

Very interesting JavaScript library that promises to provide developers with tools to dynamically restructure HTML on a page based upon the context that the page is opened in. Built in are the responses to device contexts that allow you to swap out assets and HTML based upon screen size. The really interesting thing is that you can extend it to respond to other contexts, like time of day, touch capabilities, and more.

Intention.js requires jQuery and Underscore.js to work.

My Twitter Digest for 08/29/2013

Add Encryption toYour Web App With The Stanford Javascript Crypto Library

The Stanford Javascript Crypto Library (hosted here on Stanford’s server or here on GitHub) is a project by the Stanford Computer Security Lab to build a secure, powerful, fast, small, easy-to-use, cross-browser library for cryptography in Javascript.

via Stanford Javascript Crypto Library.

This looks like a great way to add encryption to web apps. Found out about it from Dave Winer’s mention of it in his announcement about the addition of encryption to Fargo. Seems like something that will be of use as I look into things like annotation schemes for ebooks and the Free Law Reporter. May also be of use for things like A2J Author as it moves to a browser based editor.


My Twitter Digest for 08/28/2013

More Small Colleges Go with CIO to Oversee Libraries and IT

More than a tenth of college chief information technology officers are also in charge of campus libraries, a sign of the rapid digitization of scholarship and the desire of small colleges to consolidate administrative functions.About 12 percent of CIOs oversee libraries, according to annual surveys by the Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies. The surveys suggest the arrangement is appealing mostly to smaller colleges at this point. “You get smaller institutions and a good percentage are community colleges,” said Wayne Brown, the centers founder.

via Small colleges are putting the same administrator in charge of IT and libraries | Inside Higher Ed.

As this trend continues, I wonder if we’ll see it spread to law schools? Many law school IT operations live inside the library as it is, so it would make some sense. Of course it also raises the possibility of having the law library ultimately run by a non-librarian.


My Twitter Digest for 08/27/2013

My Twitter Digest for 08/26/2013

Nginx Launches Commercial Support Option, Looking to Unseat IIS As #2 Web Server

Anyone who pays any attention to Web servers knows that Apache is the most popular Web server. What only professional Web developers and administrators know is that Nginix, a high-performance, open-source Web server, is battling with Microsoft’s Internet Information Services (IIS) for second place.

Now, in order to leapfrog IIS and claim the No. 2 spot for itself, Nginx (pronounced Engine-X) has announced the availability of Nginx Plus, a fully supported version of the server program. This new version comes not only with professional support services, which have been available since February 2012, but with additional features. The commercial version has been developed and supported by Nginx’s core engineering team and is available on a subscription basis starting at $1,350 per instance per year.

via Nginx, the popular open-source Web server, goes commercial | ZDNet.

This blog is served up with Nginx as part of the LEMP stack. This move is likely to accelerate growth of Nginx adoption.