Improve Your JavaScript Knowledge By Reading Source Code

Improve Your JavaScript Knowledge By Reading Source Code Improve Your JavaScript Knowledge By Reading Source Code Carl Mungazi 2019-07-12T12:30:59+02:002019-07-12T11:06:35+00:00 Do you remember the first time you dug deep into the source code of a library or framework you use frequently? For me, that moment came during my first job as a frontend developer three years ago. We had just finished rewriting an internal legacy framework we used to create e-learning courses. At the beginning of the rewrite, we had spent time investigating a number of different solutions including Mithril, Inferno, Angular, React, Aurelia, Vue, and Polymer. As I was very much a beginner (I had just switched from journalism to web development), I remember feeling intimidated by the complexity of each framework and not understanding how each one worked. My understanding grew when I began investigating our chosen framework, Mithril, in greater depth. Since then, my knowledge of JavaScript — Read the full article…

That Was SmashingConf Toronto 2019

That Was SmashingConf Toronto 2019 That Was SmashingConf Toronto 2019 Rachel Andrew 2019-07-11T15:00:59+02:002019-07-12T11:06:35+00:00 We all enjoyed returning to Toronto for the second Smashing conference, and in this post, I am sharing some of the things that took place as well as the resources that were shared over the course of the two conference and two workshop days. Look out for the videos of all the presentations which will be released very soon. The Presentations Day 1 Day 2 Workshops Side Activities Morning Run Jam Session Graffiti and Photo Walks Conference Party Focus On The Local Community The team worked hard to create a friendly welcoming space for everyone at the conference. We all know how it can be a little overwhelming to walk into a room of a few hundred strangers, knowing that you would love to make friends and have interesting discussions, but finding it hard to get started. Read the full article…

AI smokes 5 poker champs at a time in no-limit Hold’em with ‘relentless consistency’

The machines have proven their superiority in one-on-one games like chess and go, and even poker — but in complex multiplayer versions of the card game humans have retained their edge… until now. An evolution of the last AI agent to flummox poker pros individually is now decisively beating them in championship-style 6-person game. As documented in a paper published in the journal Science today, the CMU/Facebook collaboration they call Pluribus reliably beats five professional poker players in the same game, or one pro pitted against five independent copies of itself. It’s a major leap forward in capability for the machines, and amazingly is also far more efficient than previous agents as well. One-on-one poker is a weird game, and not a simple one, but the zero-sum nature of it (whatever you lose, the other player gets) makes it susceptible to certain strategies in which computer able to calculate out Read the full article…

There’s a tennis game hidden in Google right now; here’s how to find it

Google loves a good Easter egg. From cutesie Douglas Adams references to the search results for “askew” being just a liiiiittle bit crooked, there’s all sorts of stuff hiding in the search engine if you know the right thing to type or the right buttons to push. The latest addition — a fun little tennis game hidden within certain search results pages — is in honor of the Wimbledon tennis tournament. With Wimbledon wrapping up this weekend, though, this egg might not be around for long. It’s not too hard to find, but it’s just tucked away enough that most people probably won’t stumble upon it accidentally. Here’s how to find it: Do a Google search for “wimbledon scores.” See that purple box that pops up? See the nav bar that says “Men’s Singles,” “Women’s Singles,” etc.? Grab that and drag it all the way to the left to scroll Read the full article…

How Roblox avoided the gaming graveyard and grew into a $2.5B company

There are successful companies that grow fast and garner tons of press. Then there’s Roblox, a company which took at least a decade to hit its stride and has, relative to its current level of success, barely gotten any recognition or attention. Why has Roblox’s story gone mostly untold? One reason is that it emerged from a whole generation of gaming portals and platforms. Some, like King.com, got lucky or pivoted their business. Others by and large failed. Once companies like Facebook, Apple and Google got to the gaming scene, it just looked like a bad idea to try to build your own platform — and thus not worth talking about. Added to that, founder and CEO Dave Baszucki seems uninterested in press. But overall, the problem has been that Roblox just seemed like an insignificant story for many, many years. The company had millions of users, sure. So did Read the full article…

Steam’s new Interactive Recommender is built for finding ‘hidden gems’

Valve is launching a new “Interactive Recommender” that generates personalized lists of Steam games users might like based on what they’ve played before. It’s not replacing the platform’s existing recommendation systems, but it’s supposed to give users another way to navigate Steam’s massive backlog of games — especially smaller titles that often get lost in the mix. The Interactive Recommender uses machine learning, which Valve notes “all the cool kids are doing,” for what sounds like a collaborative filtering system. Instead of focusing on tags or metadata, it “looks at what games you play and what games other people play, then makes informed suggestions based on the decisions of other people playing games on Steam. The idea is that if… Read the full article…

Congress is bad at Rocket League

On Wednesday, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) hosted a Rocket League tournament in Congress, pitting members against each other in 2v2 matches. The ESA paired up with Congress’ Future Forum caucus to teach members about the e-sports and gaming communities. A whole slate of members picked up the game and faced off head-to-head, teaming up with staff members. The two-hour event was streamed on Twitch and featured Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Katie Hill (D-CA), Marc Veasey (D-TX), and Jimmy Gomez (D-CA). “We have GameStops all throughout the district.” The event included everything from professional commentary to post-game interviews and minor trolls from the chat calling for lawmakers to learn how to… Read the full article…

Iceborne – Glavenus Gameplay Revealed, Brachydios Teased

Capcom released new footage of the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion, which includes gameplay featuring Glavenus, a better look at the new hub area Seliana, and a tease of Brachydios. After showing the fierce blade-tailed Glavenus in action for the first time, the trailer moves on to show never-before-seen variant monsters. As first revealed with the Shrieking Legiana, new subspecies monsters are being introduced to Iceborne, and promise to offer “extreme, twisted variations that amp up the difficulty and require master-level hunting skills to defeat.”  Fulgur Anjanath uses thunder element to deal damage instead of the standard Anjanath’s fire element. Ebony Odogaron uses dragon element while the standard doesn’t use any element (but does inflict bleed). Players can most likely expect new armor sets for these variants as well. Read the full article…

Control: All of Our Exclusive New Gameplay, Info, and Details

Our IGN First game for July is Control (out August 28 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC), which means we’re exclusively covering it all month long. Think of it like a magazine’s monthly cover story, except it’s online and it rolls out all month long. Be sure to check back on this page regularly, as we’ll update it each time we drop a new feature about Control. We’ll have new gameplay, an IGN Unfiltered interview with Remedy’s Sam Lake, and much more! The First 13 Minutes of Control Final Preview: Control Is Smart, Savage, and Batsh*t Crazy Read the full article…

Why the World Needs a Nintendo Switch Pro

The rumors were true all along, and Nintendo Switch Lite is a real thing: a smaller, cheaper version of the Nintendo console we all hold dear. It’s perfectly timed and designed to coincide with Pokemon Shield and Sword, along with the rest of the Nintendo Switch games destined to dominate the hearts and minds of holiday shoppers. That’s all well and good, but we still need the third section of the Nintendo Switch tri-force: the rumored Nintendo Switch Pro. This Tri-Force of Power in the Switch console line-up is more important now than ever. Read the full article…