How to make a gallery for Flickr photos

How to make a gallery for Flickr photos

How to make a gallery for Flickr photos

This post is for those who want to showcase photos stored by Flickr. There is a commercial product for this purpose (see Flickr Pack). But you can easily do the same (say, almost) absolutely for free. I have already covered the theme of usage of Moon Gallery plugin in two little posts (see here and here). Now it’s time to go further and to tell about its usage with Flickr API. You can  read all about Flickr API here. The general  scheme of using this API is as follows: The script sends an appropriate query to the server, using one

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The gallery with photo-filters

The gallery with photo-filters

Today I want to continue talking about Moon Gallery jQuery library. It’s time to consider photo-filters. There are two ways to transform images in JavaScript: 1. You can draw a canvas element and replace your image with it. 2. Or you can use SVG-filters. First way consumes significantly more resources, but it’s supported by almost all modern browsers. Second way is preferable, but it’s not supported by old Android devices. Moon Gallery supports both technics. You can even set your gallery so that SVG-filters will be used if a browser supports them, otherwise canvas will be used. Canvas filters The

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JQuery: making a masonry gallery for free

JQuery: making a masonry gallery for free

When you want to make a photo gallery you will  likely find the Moon Mega Grid Plugin among others. It’s a great tool for building galleries with a bulk of templates and settings. But it’s not free. Fortunately, there is a free version of this plugin: the Moon Gallery. It has the same functionality. But there are only two simple templates in the Free Pack. If you need something special you ought to create a template by yourself. Features integrated support for canvas and svg filters perfect for mobile devices simple templating tools built-in lightbox with retina support 2 retina

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TypeScript: defining a top-level function

I use Lift as a web framework. Lift allows to generate JavaScript code and than to execute it on the page. I needed to execute a JavaScript function from that generated code. Since I use TypeScript for frontend development, I faced a problem here: How to create a global scoped function? Something like: window.myFunction = function(){ // … }   Fortunately, I found a trick. Behold: ;( <any> window).myFunction = function():void { // … }   For TSX: ;( window as any).myFunction = function():void { // … }   Now you can call this function from JavaScript inside <script> tags

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Let’s create a Slider. Again…

Let’s create a Slider. Again…

There have been three posts about creating a Slider with Scala.js already. The first post was about how to do it in principal. The second post was about the ScalaCSS library in general and how one could use it with our Slider in particular. The third post was about how to use a JSON object with our Slider. Now it’s time to compare Scala.js with its closest alternative: I mean TypeScript (a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript). It’s fun: the first version of this Slider was written in CoffeeScript. It took me about 3 hours. I

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Scala.js and unidirectional data flow 2

Scala.js and unidirectional data flow 2

Last time we talked about using Monix as a tool of creating unidirectional data flow in Scala.js applications. The tiny Dispatcher class was made for that purpose. We considered the Counter example, which demonstrated all the power of this approach. Today I intend to widen our horizons and to consider another example: more complex one: which will demonstrate not only usage of the Dispatcher but also usage of Sortable.js with React. But before that I want to add some new methods to the Dispatcher class. Here is the full code of the Dispatcher class: import monix.execution.Ack import monix.execution.Ack.Continue import monix.reactive.{Observable,

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Scala.js and unidirectional data flow

Scala.js and unidirectional data flow

During the last two years the one of the most popular subjects for discussion in the JavaScript society  is so-called “unidirectional data flow”. Those happy years, when we used JavaScript for organizing of some effect on the page or for loading some widget by Ajax, gone to the past. Today JavaScript is used for building client-side web applications. There are several frameworks for doing such things. I used React in my last projects. It’s a great library. It allows doing everything you want. Except unidirectional data flow. You have to use Flux or Redux for that purpose. But what about

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Designing facades in Scala.js

Designing facades in Scala.js

Scala.js builds a bridge from the Scala world to the JavaScript world. Today Scala developers can take all the magic of Scala with many powerful libraries and use it in front-end applications. But after passing the bridge our developer suddenly might find himself in very different environment. Does he know something about transition animation, or about event system on mobile devises? Fortunately JavaScript itself is ready to give a huge bulk of awesome libraries for all cases. All we need to do is to find an appropriate library and write a facade. You can find this in the Scala.js documentation: When

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Slider 2: a JavaScript object instead of case classes

Slider 2: a JavaScript object instead of case classes

Two weeks ago we talked about how to create a beautiful Slider in Scala.js Our Slider works well (See Demo). But there was one thing that worried me. We need to define a Slider property as a Scala case class. It’s not bad, if our Slider is a part of a single Scala/Scala.js application. But what if we need to install our Slider into some HTML page. In that situation we should think how to pass some JavaScript object into the Slider. At first sight this is a frightening problem. It turned out that it is not. All we need

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ScalaCSS. Is it time for using it?

ScalaCSS. Is it time for using it?

I decided to go further with my Slider and to find out whether my styles can be generated by Scala. First of all, I added ScalaCSS library and an extension for Scalajs-react to my dependencies: libraryDependencies += “com.github.japgolly.scalacss” %%% “core” % “0.5.1” libraryDependencies += “com.github.japgolly.scalacss” %%% “ext-react” % “0.5.1” ScalaCSS has two ways of making styles:  To make standalone stylesheets (like SASS or LESS)  To add css-styles directly to the page by a compiled javascript   Standalone stylesheets As it was written in the ScalaCSS manual: Produces static CSS for external consumption. Like SCSS and LESS. There is only one

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