I was fortunate to be able to attend the VanJS Meetup (“Chrome Dev Tools and Waterbear“) on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at SFU Harbour Centre . Here are the talk abstracts from the VanJS page for this Meetup:
The Chrome Developer Tools: Boris Smus is a member of the Chrome Developer Relations team at Google. He’s going to dig in to some of the incredible stuff you can do with the Chrome dev tools, especially some of the new features in the bleeding edge versions of Chrome. He’s also going to talk about extending the dev tools. Even if you think you already know the Chrome dev tools, prepare to be impressed.
What follows are some of my quick notes from the talks, along with links to resources, tools, libraries mentioned during the talks and ensuing dialogue.
WaterBear by Dethe Elza
Different visual programming paradigms were mentioned, including:
Waterbear was forked to Scriptastic…
Some future development – interacting with serial ports & hardware. Some projects that have started to make interacting with serial ports and hardware possible include Chromless, Fluid, and Titanium. Another possible approach is Node server along with AJAX calls. Other projects along this line are Webintents and WebActivities (?).
There was a quick call for community contributions of additional Waterbear demos to help show the possibilities of this visual programming language.
An interesting aside was that a UK contributor has used Waterbear to create Arduino code. Arduino is “an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.”
The Chrome Developer Tools by Boris Smus
During the talk there was mention of Weinre (Web Inspector Remote) to help remotely develop & debug web applications built for mobile devices.