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How To Make GoogleBot Crawl Your Backbone.js Website

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If you create single page applications with Backbone.js or similiar you will end up with websites which requires JavaScript. This is not a big problem when it comes to regular user-agents, but Google will not be able to see your content. We solve this issue by using PhantomJS.

PHP: Perform HTTP requests in parallel

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Ever had to request multiple HTTP-resources in your web application? Often, you need data from one request to be able to request the second – in this case there is little you can do but wait for the first to return. However, if the requests are not dependent on each

Using PHP’s built-in web server in your test suites

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As of PHP-5.4.0 the CLI SAPI provides a built-in web server. The web server is designed for development purposes, and serves requests sequentially. This web server can come in really handy when the need for an httpd arises during (integration) tests. In this post I’ll use PHPUnit as the testing

WebGL DAE model viewer

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3D modeling is pretty fun. I’m nowhere near an expert – in fact, I’ve only really used Sketchup. There was a time when I was really into it, making 3D-models for all sorts of PC components. The other day, I was looking at a WebGL demo made in three.js, and

Server-side Highcharts rendering

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Highcharts is a fantastic tool for generating javascript-based charts. It’s flexible, fast and can be extensively customized. Recently, I had to find a way to render Highcharts as static images on the server as we wanted to attach charts in emails. The reason why we wanted to stick with Highcharts

Synergy + Norwegian keyboards

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Synergy is a really cool application which lets you easily share your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers. I’ve been using it both at work and at home – having both a Linux and a Windows computer available in this manner is a pretty powerful setup. It does have a

Selenium tests

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When we develop code at VG we have started to use Selenium tests for continuous integration. This allows us to easy write tests that programmatically checks that last commit didn’t break anything.

Hover state on touch devices

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With an increasing number of users on tablets and smartphones, the need to take touch friendliness into consideration is greater than ever. Even though both the browsers and hardware are approaching desktop speed, there are still some issues with implementing web sites and web apps for these devices.

Capture The Flag!

A short time ago we released Capture The Flag; a set of web developer themed puzzles. There are ten levels for you to play with during easter. The toplist show the time of the ten fastest to solve the (at the time of writing) ten levels of the CTF. Maybe

Vektklubb Android-app available

We recently released an Android application for Vektklubb.no – a product that helps you lose weight, stay in shape and become healthier. The app is a simple WebView-based wrapper, but we hope this can help new and existing users discover the mobile version of the product. You can download the

VGTV available as XBMC plugin

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If you are a user of XBMC (a free and open source media player / media center solution),   you might be interested in the recently released VGTV plugin for the platform.

Speed up websites using DNS prefetching

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We recently added a couple of lines of HTML to our mobile website that potentially speeds it up for users with recent browsers (Chrome and Firefox, at the time of writing). The technique might not work for all sites, but it applied very well to ours. I’ll explain how and