Andrew Burgess
Hi! I'm Andrew Burgess, and I'm a connoisseur of all things programming. I'm from near Toronto, Canada, and I've been fooling around with computers for nearly my whole life, both hardware and software. Right now, I'm finishing up a computer science degree. For almost a decade now, I've been playing around with over a dozen programming languages on several different platforms, from JavaScript to Java, from Ruby to Befunge. My favourite has always been JavaScript. I've always enjoyed writing, so when I discovered Tuts+ in 2009, I was excited to start writing tutorials. Since then, I've been writing tutorials and producing screencasts for Tuts+. Right now, I'm a course instructor and I produce mostly JavaScript-related courses. Maybe you've seen Building a Web App from Scratch with Angular.js or Node.js from Scratch; that's me! I've also written a few ebooks, like Getting Good with Git, Getting Good with JavaScript, and, more recently, Backbone.js Blueprints.
Tutorials
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    Better CoffeeScript Testing With MochaMocha coffeescript
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    Recently, I’ve been doing a considerable amount of CoffeeScript work. One problem I ran into early-on was testing: I didn’t want to manually convert my CoffeeScript to JavaScript before I could test it. Instead, I wanted to test from CoffeeScript directly. How’d I end up doing it? Read on to find out!Read More…
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    Meet Bower: A Package Manager For The WebPreview
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    As the web platform has matured, the tools for managing our projects, too, have matured. In this tutorial, I’ll introduce you to one of these tools that makes managing the dependencies of your project considerably easier: Bower.Read More…
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    Build Your First JavaScript LibraryYour first js library
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    Ever marvelled at the magic of Mootools? Ever wondered how Dojo does it? Ever been curious about jQuery's gymnastics? In this tutorial, we’re going to sneak behind the scenes and try our hand at building a super-simple version of your favorite library.Read More…
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    Frictionless AMD with JamFrictionless amd with jam
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    I really like asynchronous module definition (AMD); it’s a great solution for managing the many JavaScript files in a web application. However, I do find it to be a bit of a hassle; some of the most popular libraries aren’t AMD-ready by default, so you’ll have to find shimmed version. Then, you require an extra library for the actual AMD functionality! Jam solves all these problems; as you’ll see, it actually makes using AMD easier than not using it!Read More…
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    Quick Tip: 7 Super-Handy PHP Functions for BeginnersPhp functions
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    Have you ever taken a look at the list of functions available in PHP? I just counted 5025 on the PHP quick reference page. Granted, it depends on what extensions you have enabled, but still: that’s one heap of functions! While I can’t show you every one of them, if you're new to the language, I’ll introduce you to seven really handy ones in this quick tip!Read More…
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    Automation with Git HooksPreview
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    As web developers, we always want to speed up our workflows, right? Of course, automation is the best way to do that. In this quick tip, I’ll teach you one way to use Git hooks to automate part of your development workflow.Read More…
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    Documenting JavaScript with YUIDocYuidoc
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    Documenting your code is somewhat like testing; we all know we should do it, we’re not really sure how, and most folks, if we're honest, simply don’t, but those who do are huge proponents of it. This tutorial will get you up to speed on one of the best ways to tackle it: YUIDoc.Read More…
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    Meet Crockford’s JSCheckIntroducing jsdev
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    There are dozens of JavaScript testing frameworks, but most of them function in, more or less, the same way. However, Douglas Crockford’s JSCheck is considerably different from most. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how it’s different and why you should consider using it!Read More…
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    Meet Grunt: The Build Tool for JavaScriptPreview
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    If you’re working on a large project, you’ll no doubt have a build script or a bunch of task scripts to help with some of the repetitive parts of the process. You might use Ant or Rake, depending on the language the project is written in. But what do you use if the project is primarily JavaScript? That’s the problem Ben Alman set out to solve when he created Grunt.Read More…
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    Automate Your Projects With Apache AntIntroduction to apache ant
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    Ever find yourself doing boring, repetitive tasks as a web developer? Today, I'm going to show you how you can cut those meta-tasks out of your development cycle with a little bit of automation. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to easily perform those repetitive tasks with Apache Ant. Read More…
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    How To Customize Your TerminalCode
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    Lately, I’ve been getting this question a lot: “how did you get your terminal to look the way it does?” If you’ve noticed my terminal and are curious about how I set it up, this is the tutorial for you! Of course, what you learn here will be enough to get you started on creating your own custom command prompt, as well!Read More…
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    How to Customize Your Command PromptPreview
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    Lately, I've been getting this question a lot: "how did you get your terminal to look the way it does?" If you've noticed my terminal and are curious about how I set it up, this is the tutorial for you! Of course, what you learn here will be enough to get you started on creating your own custom command prompt, as well!Read More…