JSCS lints and shines your JavaScript

If you use Sublime Text you may want to try the JSCS plugin for SublimeLinter. JSCS stands for JavaScript Code Style. What makes it even more useful than JSHint? With this plugin it will even fix small style errors for you!

Once you have the plugin working you’ll definitely want to  tailor the rules .jscsrc file.

One good gotcha: It ships with a lot of presets and has a lot of mirroring rule options. It might be tricky for you to override the preset.

For example, I opted for the Google preset and wanted to add the requireSpacesInAnonymousFunctionExpression rule. It wasn’t working until I realized the Google preset came with a mirroring option set: disallowSpacesInAnonymousFunctionExpression. I had to set that to null explicitly before my own settings would work.

Thank you to Addy Osmani for your post on the sublime plugin, and thank you to Josh at SublimeTextTips.com for mentioning it in your newsletter.

Cheap Usability Testing on a Mac

Try out SilverBack 2.0 for recording user testing sessions. Get the screen recorded with clicks plus a view of the user as they muddle their way through your murderous web site.  They are working on a 3.0. They started mentioning it about a year ago but the release is a long time coming. But the old 2.0 is FREE and ready to download (see the bottom of the page).

Don’t Forget This Workaround:

Now, there’s a reason it’s free.  Most new Mac laptops won’t work with it out of the box. Some problem with the iSight camera. But, if you also install the demo of iGlasses then that tweaks your system in a way that makes the camera work with SilverBack 2.0.

High quality user testing tools for no money.  What’s your next excuse? Time? Bah!