Support the jQuery Validation Plugin

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This has been the, a tad silly, tag line for the jQuery Validation Plugin for a few years now. Back in 2006, when Jörn Zaefferer started that plugin, he was still employed as a Java developer, contributing to jQuery mostly in his free time. Of the half-dozens plugins he started then, the Validation Plugin became the most succesful and is still quite popular today (builtwith.com knows about more than 300.000 websites using the plugin).

Since late 2010, when Jörn went freelance to focus on just JavaScript projects (no more Java!), maintenance of the plugin didn’t go as well as planned. Early 2012, appendTo was generous to support the project, namely with Max Lynch work through dozens of pull requests and issues, landing a total of 28 commits. Since Max went on to create his own startup, the project went rather quiet again.

This is going to change! And you can be a part of that!

Jörn is looking for donations to spend quality time on the project. The roadmap below outlines a lot of work, probably a lot more than than can be covered by the 4000€ he’s currently asking for.

But that also depends on how much people will contribute in other ways. One part of this effort is to build a community around the plugin.

How can you help?

There’s a few things you can do:

  • You can directly donate to the campaign, any amount helps.
  • You ask your friends, coworkers, boss, spouse and whoever else, to help. If you’re part of a local JavaScript meetup, ask people there.
  • You can also help with the project itself: Look at the roadmap below and see if there’s something you can help with directly or indirectly. Know a good designer who could help with logo and website design? See if you can get them in touch with me. Know a technical writer who could help with website copy and documentation? Also very welcome!

The campaign also provides a detailed roadmap for what I’m planning to do with the plugin.

Spread the word

Help us get enough donations to get this project the attention it deserves. Share it on Twitter, Facebook, G+, Orkut, in your office, local newspaper, train station, airport, parliament! Call your senator!

Linkbait II

In this second round of Linkbait, I’ve got a bunch of political or economical articles to kick things of.

This eerily reminds me of Shadowrun – not in a good way:

“The new texts reveal that TPP negotiators are considering a dispute resolution process that would grant transnational corporations special authority to challenge countries’ laws, regulations and court decisions in international tribunals that circumvent domestic judicial systems.”

In other words, corporations would get the ability to bypass national courts. Its not at all surprising that this trade agreement is negotiated behind closed doors, where 100% transparency would be in order.

Speaking of making laws, here’s a nice german example where more transparency would also help the matter. Also I like the cynical formulation here:

“Die Verbände von Zeitungs– und Zeitschriftenverlegern, BDZV und VDZ, gaben nur eine dürre gemeinsame Erklärung heraus, die sich liest, als seien ihre Sprecher mit Waffengewalt dazu gezwungen worden, sie zu formulieren, und hätten den Zugang zum Presseverteiler nur im Tausch gegen mehrere Konjunktive herausgerückt.”

Found in an article about the german “Leistungsschutzrecht”.

The Melting North

Back to more global discussions: Don’t you also agree that the melting artic is an awesome opportunity? No? Well, that’s what Shell thinks. And they’ve set up a big-ass campaign to convince others. With headlines like this:

For hundreds of years, explorers have battled the Arctic.
Today, we’re finally winning.

One activist group figured they could to something about that, and produced this fake PR fail video. Its pretty well done, but still a fake, as this making-of also shows.

Those PR and counter-PR campaigns are rather useless if you actually want to get to know what’s going on in the Artic. More by chance I found a special about that exact topic in The Economist (read it on the plane to SF). The full special can be read online, starting with “The Melting North”. There’s seven more articles in that series – the links are somewhat hidden in a popup menu above the main header (look for “Special report: The Arctic”).

Keep in mind that The Economist, let’s say, isn’t sceptic of capitalism. In this case I think that’s actually a healthy perspective, as you’d want to understand the perspective of companies like Shell.

Closing Videos

If you’ve came this far, you’ve deserved something kick back and watch. To start, someone explains how to use an Abacus. Its in german though. In particular the division, close to the end, is really interesting:

Watch Dogs Gameplay Trailer

And one more video, a gameplay trailer for “Watch Dogs”. This is pretty much the most impressive video game trailer I’ve seen in a long time. And not just because it shows actual gameplay (instead of pointless prerendered scenes). The game seems to be an open world game with plenty of gameplay options, in a setting that looks like a bit like a mixture of Neuromancer (aka pure Cyberpunk, not the Shadowrun fantasy mashup) and Daniel Suarez’ Daemon/Freedom duology (which I can’t recommend enough). Especially the last scene, where other agents are “activated” to help the main character, seems to be heavily inspired by the Darknet.

Talk Checklist

There’s a new page on this site, the Talk Checklist. It’s just that: A checklist to go through when preparing a talk for meetups or conferences. It also includes a few bullets that could help with creating the outline for the talk and the actual execution.

As the page itself also says: This is a checklist I started 2011 to use whenever I prepare a talk, and to update after I learned something new. If you have ideas for further improvements, let me know. Just keep in mind that it should be kept as a checklist, details must live elsewhere.

I’ve published that now to contribute something to weareallaweso.me. As a meetup-co-organizer I’m generally looking for speakers, and that site has plenty of information that hopefully encourages more people to get involved at meetups and conferences.

Linkbait I

While I like Facebook for its private groups features, the public sharing sucks. Unless I send something to a friend directly, its likely that they don’t see it or don’t bother looking at it, if the title isn’t extremly linkbaitly. So, to stop complaining, I’ll try and post good stuff here, maybe with a monthly iteration.

Longer reading

To start, cracked.com on 6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America. Yeah, they know how to do linkbaity titles, but its also an entertaining and somewhat informative read. As Marcus points out in a comment below, the article is very questionable in various aspects (read his comment), but most of all is in essence stolen from Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States”. So go read that instead.

An in-depth explanation of how SSDs work on arstechnica.com. Its pretty long, so read at least the introduction, where the author compares the introduction of 3D accelerated graphic cards to SSDs.

The Video Section

Somehow I ended up with a bunch of videos to share. Here they are in order of length.

Reverse-engineering Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up”, then making a Making Of in Ablteton out of that – really impressive stuff on two levels at once.

No embed in this case, but very much worth watching (about 13 minutes): Hans Rosling talking about Religion and Babies, along with a few interesting related conclusions. I you’ve never heard of Hans Rosling before, you should also watch his previous TED talk.

A comparison of the first Mega Man game and Mega Man X (19 minutes), with a lot of focus on how especially Mega Man X does a great job of teaching you the game in the first intro stage, without ever telling you what to do or what button to press.

Full concert of Metallica playing at Rock am Ring, more than two hours and a great set.