Friday, September 12th, 2008

blink at the marquee one more time

Category: JavaScript, jQuery

Remy Sharp gives us a blast form the past for the some Friday fun. First, he shows his Marquee plugin that gives you the marquee effect. Why would you do this when the marquee tag itself is widely adopted? Funnily enough, the marquee tag is pretty well supported amongst the browser, but the actual effect Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:32 am
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2.6 rating from 49 votes

New Profilers and Debuggers in Google Chrome and IE

Category: Performance

Sameer Chabungbam of Microsoft posted about the new JScript profiler the includes the following functionality: Provides performance data for JScript functions in two views: Functions View – a flat listing of all the functions Call Tree view – a hierarchical listing of the functions based on the call flow Supports exporting the data to a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:50 am
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2.5 rating from 49 votes

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

You are not alone. None of the rest of us can fathom CSS either.

Category: CSS

Dave Minter is obviously frustrated, which lead him to write You are not alone. None of the rest of us can fathom CSS either. He goes on a little rant that covers: Curvy corners Vertical floats Formatting for forms Floats within elements Graphical Buttons Column support Order Independence Widths on inline elements Addressing text within Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:51 am
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3.5 rating from 33 votes

Ian Hickson discusses HTML 5 features, pain points, adoption rate, and more

Category: Standards

Justin James took some time to interview Ian Hickson, HTML Uber Editor, on features, pain points, adoption rate, and more. A couple of interesting messages come out for me: We want to do this right, and actually specify what should be done, and this takes time. No more vague specs! Although the final spec will Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:29 am
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3.2 rating from 16 votes

Flickr keeps it light with their migration fun

Category: Fun, Showcase

Scott Schiller (SoundManager 2, cool games, and dhtml guru) shows that Flickr still has a lot of fun left in it. They have given a sneak peek at a new home page and you can migrate that version. If you click on the link: Then you will get an inline popup, and you will start Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:29 am
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3.1 rating from 17 votes

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

UA Profiler: Automatically testing browser features

Category: Browsers, Testing

“Steve, have you done a performance analysis on Google Chrome?” Steve Souders did one better. Rather than just running some tests, he wrote a UA Profiler that allowed him to point a browser and let it roll through the tests: UA Profiler looks at browser characteristics that make pages load faster, such as downloading scripts Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:07 am
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3.5 rating from 37 votes

Using Canvas in IE via Flash

Category: Canvas

Grant Jones stepped up and has written a gues t post on implementing Canvas using Flash. Grant starts out with the timeline of shims: Manish Jethani mentions something about the canvas tag being used for a 3D game, John Dowdell from adobe responds in Nov. 2005 Manish Jethani suggests a way to do a SWF-based Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:09 am
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3.8 rating from 19 votes

A JavaScript Ode to the Large Hadron Collider

Category: Canvas, JavaScript

Jacob Seidelin has honoured the folks at CERN who will be “pushing the button tomorrow morning to fire up the Large Hadron Collider, the largest particle accelerator ever built” by creating a perfect simulation of what is going on. Try not to destroy the world as you play with it.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:19 am
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3.5 rating from 24 votes

Gecko and WebKit in 2008

Category: Browsers, Firefox

WebKit gets all of the love these days. It’s the skinny little brother that gets all of the hot dates. It is easy to think that Gecko is complex, but there is nuance to the tale, and Ars brings that nuance. After explaining the strengths of WebKit, and the history of Gecko, they move on Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:28 am
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4.5 rating from 32 votes

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Raise your glasses and voices! A Karaoke lyrics scroller in JavaScript

One of the things that fascinates me lately is the interaction of JavaScript and Flash and how you can make content available in HTML that normally would get buried deep inside a Flash movie. The most pressing matter to fix is how to caption online video in an accessible manner and we’ll have a go Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 3:49 pm
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3.9 rating from 17 votes

Back to first principles; Why do you think the Open Web matters?

Category: Editorial

I found myself pondering the Open Web recently, and I posted about my thoughts as I revisited why the Open Web matters. The piece is not about the Open Web being better, or for Open Web people to feel high and mighty. Rather, it is working out why the Open Web makes sense, and how Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:46 am
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3.5 rating from 36 votes

Want to Use AIR? Read About the Dojo Toolbox Development Effort First

Category: Adobe, Dojo

If you’ve ever been curious as to what goes into building a Adobe AIR application, then read Kevin Dangoor’s account of how the Dojo Toolbox was built: Building the Dojo Toolbox allowed us to dive into Adobe® AIR™, and to create a blended toolchain of JavaScript, PHP, Python and Rhino (JavaScript on the Java Virtual Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 10:30 am
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Open Web Podcast: Allen Wirfs-Brock, and Pratap Lakshman from Microsoft on ECMAScript, IE 8, and more

Category: OpenWebPodcast

Over on the Open Web Podcast the crew interviewed Allen Wirfs-Brock, and Pratap Lakshman from Microsoft on ECMAScript, IE 8, and more. It was a real pleasure to chat with these guys as they talked on a variety of issues, even including their thoughts on business models on the Web! Allen Wirfs-Brock is the standards Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:25 am
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3.9 rating from 10 votes

Custom fonts thanks to rendering SVG font definitions

Category: Dojo, SVG

Tom Trenka has a fantastic post on custom fonts with dojo.gfx that shows the SVG font definition implementation. Part one of the article deals with painful, practical issues around the licensing of fonts. Tom discusses the various technical options out there, and then gets to the solution: In general, the issues surrounding font usage have Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:31 am
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3.8 rating from 32 votes

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Awesome Time Waster: YUI Pacman!

Category: Yahoo!

Okay I’d like to know how many of the Ajaxian readers are actually old enough to remember real arcade games which required endless amounts of quarters to become good. Yeah, those were the days when calluses on your thumbs were the norm and being able to “hold it” (ie: not go to the bathroom for Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 9:48 am
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3.8 rating from 28 votes

Resig on JavaScript Benchmark Quality

Category: JavaScript

It’s truly amazing how the release of Chrome has ratcheted up the focus on JavaScript and its performance. It’s not to say that JavaScript performance wasn’t important before but with Google coming out claiming amazing speed improvements via V8, it’s really gotten the community focused on determining how to best measure these claims. John Resig, Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 9:20 am
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3.8 rating from 22 votes

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