Friday, August 29th, 2008 redesigned with a Rock Star

Category: jQuery

When I was doing an interview with John Resig for the Open Web Podcast, he mentioned that the redesign of had a lot of people talking, and it seems like people have strong feelings about the Rock Star for whatever reason. Ignoring the style, the redesign is more than just that: The entirety of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:30 pm

2.7 rating from 77 votes

GWT 1.5 final release is shipped and out the door

Category: Google, GWT, Java, Library

I have seen the GWT team working very hard indeed on GWT 1.5, and they must be very happy to see the final release shipped and complete: GWT 1.5 delivers what we think are an impressive number of improvements, about four hundred issues if you’re counting. We’re also happy that one of those is issue Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:51 am

3.9 rating from 27 votes

qooxdoo 0.8: new GUI toolkit and tool chain

Category: JavaScript, Library

qooxdoo 0.8 has been released and it appears to have a lot of big changes. Andreas Ecker told us a little about it: While at first qooxdoo 0.8 looks like a minor jump in version number over the previous 0.7.3, the actual changes are huge. In particular the UI capabilities as well as the developer Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:40 am

4.6 rating from 40 votes

Degrading script tags for fun and profit

Category: JavaScript, jQuery

John Resig posted on degrading script tags and adding functionality to <script> so you can add a src attribute and a body of code that will be executed one the external script loaded error free: < View plain text > javascript <script src="some-lib.js">   var foo = use_some_lib();; </script> To make this all Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:26 am

3 rating from 21 votes

The Ajax Experience Framework Summit

Category: Dojo, jQuery, Prototype, The Ajax Experience

We talked a few months ago about something new we’re doing at the Ajax Experience this year: the “Framework Summit.” Basically, we’re providing space for Prototype, jQuery, and Dojo to hold their own half-day events on-site, and these events are free and open to the general public. Since we announced the summit, the frameworks have Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 7:00 am

2.8 rating from 25 votes

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Inkscape: Open Source Drawing for SVG

Category: SVG

I recently ran across Inkscape, an open source very high-quality graphics editor that can output SVG that I’m blown away by. Even better, it runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. From the Inkscape website: [Inkscape is] an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 5:45 am

4.5 rating from 25 votes

The State of SVG Browser Support + Using Flash for SVG in Internet Explorer

Category: Canvas, SVG

As part of the Open Web Advocacy work I’ve started with Dion and others at Google, one of my goals right now is to help increase awareness and support around doing 2-D/vector graphics on the open web. This includes tools such as the Canvas tag, SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics, an XML markup language for vector Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 5:45 am

4.2 rating from 15 votes

In Praise of Evolvable Systems

Category: Articles, Editorial, Standards

I met with a colleague recently who wants to take his project and create a standard on the web that actually gets adopted. We talked for a long time, and when we finished up I pointed him at a paper that had a huge impact on me, called “In Praise of Evolvable Systems” by Clay Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 5:45 am
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4.2 rating from 6 votes

GALGWT 1.0… it isn’t a land next to Mordor

Category: Gears, Google, GWT

GWT has long had a project that aimed to give rich support for Google APIs called GALGWT, or “Google API Libraries for Google Web Toolkit”. This project has stepped up to higher gear recently, and we have seen the GALGWT 1.0 release candidate appear. What is in GALGWT? The project is a collection of libraries Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:45 am
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3.8 rating from 8 votes

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 and Web Standards

Category: Announcements, Browsers, IE

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 was released today. There are several cool UI enhancements that this beta brings to the table that I won’t cover in this post, but you can learn more about them on the IEBlog. Instead, I want to talk about how beta 2 affects IE’s relationship to web standards. First, CSS Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 5:59 pm

2.3 rating from 33 votes

YouTube Uploader now using Gears, and what people missed in Gears 0.4

Category: Gears

While we posted about the Gears 0.4 features a lot of the press only really talked about the Geolocation piece. I think that is important, and posted on that too, but Brad’s piece discussed the full gamut including the Blob API, resummable HTTP, and Desktop API improvements to allow controlled file system access. The example Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:20 am

4.1 rating from 16 votes

Proxy issues with querystrings in path names

Category: Performance

You have seen this before: /path/to/something.js?v=2, or maybe it used a date or a version control id or some such. The notion of putting the version into the URL so you can aggressively cache and yet quickly push new versions. There has long been issues with using the querystring as the version. At some point Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:06 am

2.4 rating from 7 votes

Towards Using Custom Fonts

Category: CSS, Design

A little while ago, we talked about the two competing custom font technologies for the Web: linking and “embedding” (aka EOT). With Firefox about to implement support for linking à la Safari, John Allsopp has a summary of the state of font technologies and an illustration of just how easy it is to use these Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 6:00 am

4.3 rating from 16 votes

Ubiquity: Quicksilver of the Firefox browser

Category: Firefox, Utility

Aza Raskin and the Mozilla Labs team have launched Ubiquity the command line tool that they have been talking about for awhile. Ubiquity is “experiment into connecting the Web with language in an attempt to find new user interfaces that could make it possible for everyone to do common Web tasks more quickly and easily.” Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:00 am

4.9 rating from 22 votes

Using CSS to do the print watermark technique

Category: CSS, Tip

Andy Pemberton has put together a simple solution to get the watermark technique to work nicely with print CSS. Check out the sample and pull up a print preview. He details the good, bad, and ugly: The Good The first step to getting a printable watermark is to use an inline tag, rather than background-images. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:14 am
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2.7 rating from 24 votes

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

jParallax Turns Elements into a Viewport

Category: jQuery

In the “oh wow, I didn’t know JavaScript could do that” category, I just came across a cool new jQuery plugin called jParallax which implements a parallax effect on selected elements. Now, I’m not ashamed to admit not knowing what “parallax” meant so I looked it up on Wikipedia which totally added closure to the Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 9:36 am

4.1 rating from 26 votes

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