Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

MooTouch: jQTouch has a Moo-y contender

Category: Mobile, MooTools

Jacky Nguyen was behind a new website ExpatLiving from Singapore, and as he built out a nice view for iPhone and mobile Webkit folks, he implemented MooTouch. It is still in an early stage, and is asking for input: MooTouch is a cutting-edge JavaScript framework built on top of MooTools that truly brings the experiences Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:06 am
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jQuery UI 1.8 comes with new plugins, effect, and fixes

Category: jQuery

jQuery UI 1.8 has been released and it contains new plugins, a new effect, bug fixes, and is forkable on GitHub What’s new? Position utility Position any element relative to any other, or even relative to the window or the mouse. In true “Write Less. Do More” fashion, it’s a simple as selecting the element Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:16 am
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3.8 rating from 55 votes

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

A Google-y Post: ANGLE, Native Client and Skipfish

Category: Google

It was a busy day for Google news for web developers, in very different areas. ANGLE This is exciting. On the Chromium blog Henry Bridge announced a new open source project called ANGLE which is implementing OpenGL ES 2.0 on top of Microsoft Direct3D APIs for Windows folk. This is a big deal as you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:54 am
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3.6 rating from 24 votes

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Should CSS vendor prefixes be nuked? Or just tweaked?

Category: CSS

PPK has gone off on CSS vendor prefixes. A lot of people have done this. He points to the lack of DRY that frustrates us all: < View plain text > css div.borderbox {     box-sizing: border-box;     /* one */     -moz-box-sizing: border-box;    /* two */     -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:31 am
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Safari self replicates itself…. for fun

Category: Apple, Fun

Inspired by the CSS Opera Logo (that works in a few browsers if you fix the -vendor-* CSS-ness) we now have Safari in Safari. Being a web developer who works on a Mac, I’ve noticed that Apple’s implementation of CSS3 to Webkit and Safari always felt like they were extending OS X GUI elements to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:22 am
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3.2 rating from 28 votes

Spritely: sprite and pan away

Category: jQuery, Library

Spritely is a new jQuery plugin that adds sprite() and pan() to your $(). The fun front page of birds is explained with simple goodness of: < View plain text > javascript // animate through 3 frames $(‘#bird’).sprite({fps: 12, no_of_frames: 3});   // clicking on the screen flies a sprite to you $(‘#bird’).sprite({fps: 12, no_of_frames: Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:42 am
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4.5 rating from 37 votes

SproutCore 1.0 is here

Category: SproutCore

Congrats to Charles Jolley and the entire team behind the SproutCore 1.0 launch. Bespin uses SproutCore now, so I am excited to see a stable build, and the hints to the future: This project was in the works for 18 months. We rewrote 20,000 lines of code, added nearly 6,000 unit tests, and significantly improved Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:22 am
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3.2 rating from 36 votes

Friday, March 19th, 2010

IE9 Canvas Support Leaked by AMD?

Category: Canvas, IE

I was on a panel at OSBC with Dave Mcallister of Adobe and Brian Goldfarb of Microsoft. I wanted to talk to Brian about canvas in IE9 but held off until later where I even offered the community up to write the IE code ;) Someone off the record told me last week “it is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:23 am
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Mozilla Labs releases alpha version of contacts in the browser

Category: Mozilla

Michael Hanson and a team at Mozilla Labs have been doing some really interesting work with Identity in the browser (and taking ownership back from services). They just released an alpha add-on for Firefox that begins to integrate contacts from services (right now: “Gmail, Twitter, and, on MacOS-based machines, the local Address Book” but growing). Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:40 am
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Jetpack SDK: The reboot of the extensions

Category: Firefox, Mozilla

The Jetpack project over at Mozilla Labs has been rethinking what it is to extend the browser (as has Chrome Extensions). They both move us to using Web technologies and skills rather than having to digg into XUL or C++. The project has gone through a reboot, and shed the original experiment as Jetpack Prototype. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:16 am
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Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Talking about Douglas Crockford’s good parts

Category: Fun

It was St. Patricks Day last night, and I have a funny feeling that some green beer and Guiness lead to Brian LeRoux and Rob Ellis creating Crockford Facts. It isn’t Friday yet…. well it is in Australia right? Silliness. Oh, and John Resig has some competition for Doug too. We demand a dance off?

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:50 pm
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4.1 rating from 28 votes

RequireJS: Asynchronous JavaScript loading

Category: JavaScript, Node, Performance

A certain someone was talking to me about how they find it interesting that node.js, the JavaScript server framework du jour which loves all things async, starts life with a bunch of synchronous require() calls. Now, this is actually quite fine since the startup of the server is not the issue at hand. However, if Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:15 am
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3.8 rating from 31 votes

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

A typeface created in CSS

David Desandro has developed a newtypeface family named Curtis and done so in an interesting way…. using CSS: Each character is wrapped in a <span> and then depending on the complexity of that character, more empty <span> elements are added to the markup to render each shape. Here’s the markup for R: < View plain Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:17 am
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3.8 rating from 36 votes

Hot Apps: Using $1M to reward 440 mobile Web developers

Category: WebOS

Disclaimer: Ben and I work for Palm and created this program. I wanted to make sure that you were aware of it over here, since Web developers have a great chance of getting some $ :) At Palm we wanted to reward the mobile Web developers who build great applications that our users can enjoy. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:22 am
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4.2 rating from 16 votes

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Microsoft <3 jQuery

Category: jQuery, Microsoft

Update: Here is a full set of release notes on the platform preview (called that as it is more of a shell than a browser. Rey Bango (Ajaxian and now Microsoft employee) will do a post that rounds up the news from MIX today where the IE9 team shared a first preview release of IE9 Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:03 pm
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3.3 rating from 65 votes

Sputnik gets more tests; How compliant are the browsers?

Category: JavaScript

The Chromium folk have posted about JavaScript conformance as they release a test runner for Sputnik, that allows you to easily run the complete test suite from within your browser: Sputnik touches all aspects of the JavaScript language defined in the 3rd edition of the ECMA-262 spec. In many ways it can be seen as Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:34 am
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