Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Firefox 3.5: The fastest fox has landed

Category: Browsers, Firefox

It is great to feel the good vibes at Mozilla HQ today as we launch Firefox 3.5! It is always an interesting ride to see a browser develop, and realize how complex and large the work is. Congrats to the browser developers out there who are working hard to make the Web better. With final Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:35 am
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4 rating from 83 votes

LABjs: Simple abstraction for loading dependencies correctly

Category: JavaScript, Performance

Kyle Simpson has developed LABjs, a library that lets you define your JavaScript file dependencies, and then loads them as efficiently as possible. Kyle told us: This project is a simple little tool (1.6k compressed!) for being able to load javascript files dynamically. It’s like a lot of similar projects where the goal is to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:16 am
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4 rating from 40 votes

Monday, June 29th, 2009

New Sessions at The Ajax Experience 2009

Category: Ajaxian.com Announcements, Conferences, The Ajax Experience

Register now to lock in exclusive $300 savings for The Ajax Experience conference, September 14-16 in Boston, MA. It’s only been two weeks since we announced open registration for The Ajax Experience with the promise of additional sessions being added to the web site over the next few weeks. And while a number of your peers have Read the rest…

Posted by tberardi at 12:25 pm
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2.7 rating from 25 votes

MySpace open sources advanced browser performance tool for IE

Category: Browsers, IE, Performance

Developers tend to tease MySpace for its look, but the insiders are incredibly impressed by some of the engineering behind the scenes (e.g. their internal monitoring tools are said to be second to none). They have surprised us again with their new tool MSFast which is “a browser plugin that help developers to improve their Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:21 am
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4.5 rating from 37 votes

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Fun with text-shadow

Category: CSS, Examples

Zach Johnson is at it again, this time giving us a fun Friday treat with CSS text shadow, all via: javascript < view plain text > document.getElementById(‘text-shadow-box’).onmousemove = function(e) {     var xm = e.clientX – 300;     var ym = e.clientY – 175;     var d = Math.sqrt(xm*xm + ym*ym);   Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:26 am
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3.8 rating from 41 votes

Scripty2 has landed

Category: Scriptaculous

Thomas Fuchs has been working in the open on scripty2 for a bit, and now the website has launched. It even comes with nice documentation and fun demos: What’s new in scripty2? It is a complete rewrite, and comes packaged in three parts: scripty2 core contains the main namespace and an area for extensions to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:14 am
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4.4 rating from 72 votes

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

First beta of YUI 3.0 released

Category: JavaScript, Library, Yahoo!

Congrats to the YUI team for releasing their first beta of YUI 3: We’ve spent a lot of time in this release cycle refining the core elements of YUI 3 — YUI, Node, and Event — to ensure that we have the right API going forward. Performance is improved, and we’ve refined our module/submodule structure. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:52 am
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4.1 rating from 33 votes

JavaScript sandbox using Web Workers

Category: JavaScript, Library

We have been sandboxing JavaScript in iframes for a long time. The Web Worker API has the nice property that it doesn’t have access to objects like document and the like, and just runs code that you can pass over to it. With this, Elijah Grey has created an experimental jsandbox API that gives you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:17 am
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3.1 rating from 24 votes

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

iPhone 3GS runs faster than claims, if you go by SunSpider

Category: Mobile, Performance

Rana Sobhany of Medialets has posted on Sun Spider benchmarks of the iPhone 3GS as well as other devices which shows off the performance angle of 3GS: The WebKit Open Source Project provides a JavaScript test Suite dubbed SunSpider. According to the description on the SunSpider home page, “this benchmark tests the core JavaScript language Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:03 pm
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4.1 rating from 35 votes

MooTools: Saving the dollars, replacing document.write

Category: JavaScript

The religion behind a simple $ has been fierce in the Web world. MooTools has decided to make the Dollar Safe Mode which is similar to cousins such as jQuery.noConflict (in MooTools case it just looks for the $ function). Now you can just use document.id if you want to play in the wild, or Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:28 am
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3.6 rating from 38 votes

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

ProtoFish: advanced hover menu

Category: Component, Prototype

ProtoFish is an advanced hover menu based on Prototype, written by Peter Slagter. You can easily add a delay to your menu (on mouseout) and choose your own hover class. All ProtoFish menu’s will respond to users who use the TAB-key to navigate through your page. It is trivial to use. Once you load up Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:05 am
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2.8 rating from 64 votes

Sprite Me! Helping you sprite up, but maybe you shouldn’t?

Category: CSS, Performance

There have been many tools to help make image spriting easier, by packaging up your images into one large image and splitting it up again via CSS. Steve Souders just showed off a new little tool he created, Sprite Me at the Velocity conference that kicked off today. He has made it easier to work Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am
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4 rating from 28 votes

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

HTML 5 and the Wizard of Oz

Category: Fun, HTML

Kyle Weems, the CSS Squirrel and author of the occasional and bizarre comic of the same name, targets his latest rendering at Ian Hickson: Click-through to see the full comic. The related blog entry fleshes out the basic complaint some more: Why is it that the person who is the center of this process is Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 1:05 pm
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4.2 rating from 30 votes

Fun with 3D CSS and video

Category: CSS, Video

How about starting the week with something fun. Zach Johnson has been having fun with 3D effects via CSS such as his isocube above, which is brought to you with simple HTML (including a video tag for a playing video on the surface!) and some CSS like this: css < view plain text > .face Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:14 am
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3.5 rating from 44 votes

Friday, June 19th, 2009

NodeIterator.areYou(IMPRESSED | WHOCARES | WHA?)

Category: JavaScript

John Resig has posted on the DOM traversal methods now in Firefox 3.5 and then a spin out post on the merits of the NodeIterator API. He isn’t impressed: This API is, at best, bloated, and at worst incredibly misguided and impractical for day-to-day use. Observe the method signature of createNodeIterator: javascript < view plain Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:09 pm
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3.3 rating from 28 votes

What do Web developers want from browser marketers?

Category: Browsers

As a follow on from the recent post on Microsoft marketing for the week, a few people have given great feedback on what we actually expect from browser marketing. This is a key point that was missing in the post as it gives those watching something to understand that could make things better. This is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:44 pm
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4 rating from 23 votes

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