I am building a Node.js application where I want the users to be able to signup with their twitter credentials rather than remembering another set of username/pasword. My framework of choice is Expressjs, so I’ll quickly show you how to authenticate the user with twitter’s oauth service in it.
I am going to share a neat little trick that was learnt while working on an HTML5 game recently. The game is pretty much like our HTML5 Doodle Jump. We had to make sure that the game scales down very well on smaller devices like mobiles, ipads, tablets, etc. and in the process learnt a neat trick to scale the entire canvas across all devices consistently.
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Few days ago, I wrote a post about why time based animations are better than frame based animations. However, in animations done as a function of time, some serious problems could arise. One of them is that your regular collision detection techniques might fail if the frame rate is lower than acceptable. Your object might pass through the walls or even fall through the floor!
So you got into Web Based Animations or Games (using that HTML5 thingie) and chances are high that you’re relying on
setTimeout or even better – requestAnimationFrame to reflow and repaint your frames (fancy terms for rendering each animation frame). Precisely, you’re basing your animations or game mechanics on the frame rate. There’s nothing wrong with that, but let me show you a more sophisticated approach which can actually enhance all sorts of user experience – time based animations.
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