You can add a map to your website without using google maps!

So, you want to add a map to your website but you don’t want to (or can’t) use Google Maps?  Luckily, you have a few options.  The one that we are looking at today is Mapbox (which uses OpenStreetMap data).  Mapbox has the benefit of a generous free tier (unlike Google Maps), and it’s pretty …

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Playing with COVID-19 data: D3.js Bar Charts

Last week, we gathered COVID-19 statistical data.  This week, we are going to try to build some charts using D3.js.  D3.js is a javascript library that allows you to generate some fairly fancy charts and graphs but we are going to start with some basic bar charts.  Let’s take a look at a simple example. …

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What the heck is hoisting?

This is a topic that I have been avoiding (mainly because I don’t feel like I understand it enough).  I figure that we have to tackle the idea eventually, though.  Hoisting is a JavaScript mechanism where variable and function declarations are moved (or hoisted) to the top of the scope before the code is executed. …

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Prototype.call() vs Prototype.apply()

This is going to be a relatively short post.  We have been doing a lot of [x] vs [y] vs [z] posts lately and this one is no different.  Today, I figured that we would look at Prototype.call() vs Prototype.apply().  Both apply() and call() are used to invoke functions.  The difference is that call uses …

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