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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

3D CSS Parallax Effect

Category: CSS, Showcase

Roman Cortes has a fun parallax effect using just CSS and HTML. Scroll over the bad boy above and see it at work. Then view the source and have your eyes bleed :) < View plain text > HTML <style type="text/css">         a#a96:hover img {left: 224px}a#a96:hover b.d1 {background-position: 224px 0; width: 224px}a#a96:hover Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:40 am

4.5 rating from 80 votes

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Text to Speech via HTML5 Audio

Category: Accessibility

Weston Ruter has created a nice mashup that marries HTML5 Audio support in modern browsers with the new Google Translate API that does text to speech (for them): Recently Google Translate announced the ability to hear translations into English spoken via text-to-speech (TTS). Looking at the Firebug Net panel for where this TTS data was Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:24 am

3.2 rating from 46 votes

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Performance of data URIs

Category: Performance

Rob Flaherty has done a little experimenting with data URIs and performance. The study only looked at Firefox 3.5 with empty cache, but the results were interesting for the questions they raise as much as the answers the provide. He used a CSS file with 31 images and converted them all to data URIs using Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 7:46 pm

4 rating from 28 votes

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Official Firefox Add-On Store?

Category: Firefox, Mozilla

According to The Register, Mozilla may soon build a marketplace for add-ons: Mozilla has said it will “probably” open a marketplace for Firefox add-ons sometime next year. Add-ons product manager Justin Scott (reluctantly) announced the news this morning at an add-on-happy conference in Mozilla’s home town of Mountain View, California. “We’ll probably be doing a Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 10:59 pm
1 Comment

2.7 rating from 31 votes

MooTools Gets a Plugin Repo, Makes Finding the Right Code Easier

Category: MooTools

Plugins are a fact of life when it comes to JavaScript libraries. These user-contributed code snippets provide tremendous features & functionality and save developers time by not having to re-invent the wheel. The hard part, though, is trying to filter out which ones are actually useful and compatible with your current library. Finding the right Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 11:17 am

4.6 rating from 54 votes

Doug Crockford and the Online Booty Call Saga

Category: JavaScript

The golfing world had the Tiger Woods saga. Now our hero Doug Crockford, finder of the Good Parts, has gotten involved in some Online Booty Call drama. If you went to the online booty call site (as Steve Souders obviously does) you would have seen this yesterday: Doug added an alert() to line 1 of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:57 am

3.8 rating from 29 votes

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Holiday reading? WebGL Draft Available

Category: Standards

The first WebGL specification is here for your holiday leisure reading. The awesome Arun of Mozilla just posted this to the W3C device API group: Today, the WebGL WG at Khronos released a public draft of the WebGL specification, and we really welcome (and need) wide review. Along with Mozilla folks, the WebGL WG has Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:16 pm
1 Comment

4.4 rating from 37 votes

Dojo 1.4 is out with Significant Improvements to Performance, Stability, and Features.

Category: Dojo

The Dojo team announced today the release of Dojo 1.4, the culmination of 9 months of hard work by the crew. While this release is primarily a stability and performance release, we managed to sneak quite a bit of great new functionality into the various projects. All the significant changes have been outlined in the Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 2:16 pm

4.2 rating from 52 votes

New jQuery Podcasts

Category: jQuery

A couple of feature-packed jQuery podcasts have appeared in the past month or so: YayQuery (iTunes), a laid-back video podcast from folks in the jQuery community; and the official jQuery podcast (iTunes), hosted on the official jQuery blog and aiming to be a mix of news and interviews, hosted by Elijah Manor and Ralph Whitbeck. Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 9:25 am

3.3 rating from 23 votes

A busy Chrome week: Extensions, Web Sockets, and more

Category: Chrome, Google

It has been a busy work for Chrome, with some interesting features hitting the various “channels”. Web Sockets First up, we have Web Socket support being turned on by default on the developer channel. If you want to be a really cool JS h4x0r you should write a server app using node.js. If you want Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:07 am

3.6 rating from 17 votes

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Three search engines, one interface – 25 minutes live code

Category: Screencast, Tutorial, Yahoo!, YUI

It is amazing how much easier it is these days to build pretty sweet mashups by using hosted services. Here’s a screencast of using Yahoo, Bing and Google to build a search interface in under 25 minutes without having to read any API docs or installing SDKs by using YQL: Building a search mashup with Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 12:44 pm

3.2 rating from 20 votes

W3C Capture API our in draft

Category: Standards, W3C

A draft of the W3C Capture API has been put out there by the editors. The Capture API defines a JavaScript API for accessing the microphone and camera of a hosting device. When I look at the API for getting pictures from a camera I got a little scared at the amount of DOM fluff Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:43 pm

4.3 rating from 14 votes

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Speed Tracer: Google announces new tools and more thanks to the GWT team

Category: Google, GWT

Here is Speed Tracer, the new tool to aid us Web developers in our quest for great applications: Ben and I are at Google Campfire One with a Who’s Who from the Web developer space. When I first met the GWT team they were talking about revolutionary new Web tools that they wanted to create, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:08 pm

3.6 rating from 36 votes

PhoneGap Updated to Support Palm webOS Apps

Category: Mobile

The PhoneGapteam announced yesterday that they’ve got support for Palm’s webOS Mojo API. PhoneGap API’s available to Palm devices include geolocation, accelerometer, notification, orientation, sms, telephony, network, file (read only), and a limited selection of device properties (see the PhoneGap Mobile Spec running on the Palm Emulator to the left). Essentially a JavaScript shim that Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 7:00 am
1 Comment

4.1 rating from 21 votes

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Adobe AIR 2 Gets an Updated Engine and Memory Profiling

Category: Adobe

Adobe AIR continues to win developers over with it’s ease of leveraging standard web technologies to build cool desktop apps. But it’s not without it’s drawbacks, especially in terms of memory consumption and debugging. Thankfully, Adobe listened and included better CPU and memory profiling in the latest version of the SDK, Adobe AIR 2. One Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 9:30 am

4 rating from 23 votes

JavaScript Gaining Traction with Game Developers

Category: Games, JavaScript

We received an email from Joesph Huckaby about his new JS-based game rendering engine and I have to admit that when I first read about it, I was a little skeptical about it mainly because I’ve been disappointed with many that I’ve seen in the past. As I dug into his site,, my whole Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 8:45 am

4.2 rating from 60 votes