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You’ve probably noticed over the last two years that I haven’t been that active writing on the blog. Sorry, I was busy with this study. Let’s make an agreement straight away – this is not your ordinary tech article (although you will find some interesting implementation details here). This is a study to prove that new technologies don’t tear the fabric of time, to prove that things that seem incompatible, located in unimaginably distant cultural coordinates, can still be touched and the touch is beautiful. For me personally, this study is especially significant. The story began ten years ago when a Buddhist friend proposed making a mobile prayer application. This venture raised a huge number of questions to be resolved before the primary one could be addressed: “Can a computer pray for the benefit of all living beings?”

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In recent time Web development community had a big discussion on “DOM is slow” topic. This thesis is truthful. DOM is a quite complex model which starts a ripple of events or chain reaction over document on every modification. This impacts animations first of all.  Since desktop browsers are mostly fine with handling animations at 60 FPS, mobile and embedded devices still provide bad, janky user experience.

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Rotation is an everyday magic. It is an effect which can transform boring web page to a much more interactive place. Since rotation was added to CSS specification it have been deprived of attention. However a lot of cases need to rotate elements with mouse or touch. They are: roulettes, circular menus and other fancy things we still can not imagine at the moment. Propeller.js is a JavaScript library which easily enables rotation of elements with mouse or touch gestures.

Rotate elements by mouse or touch

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