Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

ChromeKit: Some folk love putting windows in browsers

Category: CSS

The awesome Guillermo Rauch and Nathan White have taken one of the Web code katas and played with it. Before the Web we had [wW]indows. Maybe that is why developers are keen to implement windows within the Web page, mainly to see if it can be done. We had the great Emil and Erik building desktops on the Web before we were in Web nappies. Now we have Ext Desktop, and many more.

The latest fun from Guillermo and Nathan is ChromeKit, which gives you windows that look like Google Chrome.

The one tweak to the code kata this time around, is their use of CSS3 goodness to show off skewing windows as they are tiled together.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:10 am

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I was doing this 2-3 years ago and emailed ajaxian with code and examples and that never got a mention .. I have since ported it to jQuery and have arguably the fastest code I or others have found in a web desktop implementation … What makes this so different ?

Comment by MungoDungo — June 29, 2010

A screenshot to see what one theme looks like!.


Comment by MungoDungo — June 29, 2010

For some reason “3D flip” doesn’t work for me in Chrome 5.0.375.86 on OSX – but it does in Safari…

Comment by rasmusfl0e — June 29, 2010

I don’t see rounded corner in my Laters FF 3.6

Comment by qualityking — June 29, 2010

What is the point of this?

Comment by timdown — June 29, 2010

Don’t really see the point of this article whatsoever. Sometimes I have the feeling that these people from Ajaxian.com are publishing whatever to add content to the site

Comment by auspex — June 29, 2010

I would have to agree auspex!

Comment by MungoDungo — June 29, 2010

I worked with Emil and Erik at WebOS back in 2000 (not related with Palm’s webOS). Brilliant guys and an amazing project; I’m glad to know that at least someone remembers our work.

Comment by Chiper — June 29, 2010

Welcome to the time machine, it’s 2000 again, year of the web desktop. Or what.

Comment by rosamez — June 30, 2010


You got your source to share? Love how your app looks and in Jquery.


Comment by liming — July 1, 2010

Hey guys (Guillermo here),
I dislike windows in the browser just as much as the next guy. I made it clear in my submission to Hacker News (http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1452470) and Twitter.
This was just an experiment to test the limits of CSS3/HTML5 almost a year ago, which was sitting in my laptop and felt like sharing with the community. I’m surprised that an open source release can be met with such disdain, specially here on Ajaxian comments :)

Comment by Appletalk — July 9, 2010

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