Getting up to date exchange rates without paying exorbitant API access fees can be a burden on most developers, but the Open Exchange Rates API and Money.JS help to fix all of that with a beautiful combination of Google Caculator, some Node.JS scraping, and a dash of GitHub hosting.
All of the exchange rates are then packaged in a JSON string and ready to use through either server-side caching or real-time AJAX calls. The Internet seems to be a buzz about Money.JS, a client-side currency conversion library that makes full use of the OER API.
I’ve been using Node.js a lot lately, between the Tumblr chat system, Chatlr, and my upcoming Tumblr video game, reBOT.co. Admittedly, for most of it, I’ve been taking stabs in the dark at the code, testing what works, ditching whatever crashes the server.
So it’s nice to see that some books are starting to be written with the goal of introducing people to the language. If you are wanting to dive into Node.js to develop your websites or applications but want some clear cut examples of coding structures, The Node Beginner Book by Manuel Kiessling is a must read.
Thanks Jeremy for the link.
I feel like my coworkers would murder me if I started decoupling everything into pub/subs and mvc client frameworks. They would bury me under the floors of their office space and ignore the beating of my tell tale heart.
As part of my responabilities to occasionally blog about web design, I bring you this awesome jQuery extension written by ZURB. Instead of worrying about keyup, keydown, copy and paste, and all the possible one off keyCodes, this extension provides a simple ‘textchange’ event.
Examples on the site include a Twitter system and a Companion Cube detector.