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Monday, June 8th, 2009

Firefogg: Ogg Theora Encoding Plugin

Category: Utility, Video

Test Drive the latest Thusnelda theora encoder with in-browser Video Encoder Firefogg. Firefogg is an open source extension written by xiph hacker Jan Gerber that lets web developers request ogg video from their users. Since Firefogg is a Firefox extension it allows users to stay up to date with the latest and greatest theora encoder Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:04 am

4.3 rating from 21 votes

GeoFill – find users by IP or lookup and prefill forms for them

Category: Library, Yahoo!

One thing that annoys me is that in the days of geolocation and location recognition I still have to enter my country and city in forms over and over again. This is especially annoying when you like in the UK which could be anywhere in these wonderful large dropdowns (UK, England, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 5:03 am
1 Comment

3.5 rating from 20 votes

Craftmanship and UI latency

Category: Editorial

Ben gave a fantastic talk on creating compelling user experiences that discussed craftmanship in software. He details the somewhat opposing views of Alan Cooper (pictured above) and Joel Spolsky talking about how IT people are screwed when it comes to quality. A depressing thought, and one that we need to combat in the trenches by Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:25 am

4.1 rating from 16 votes

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Moousture: mouse gesture library

Category: JavaScript, Library, MooTools

Zohaib Sibt-e-Hassan has created a Mootools based mouse gesture library Moousture that is based on simplicity: A probe, which probes the pointing device. Currently there is a Moousture.MouseProbe (P.S. I am planning to test it on iPhone and build any seprate probe for that). A monitor, which tests the stability of probed device on given intervals Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:56 am

3.8 rating from 30 votes

Page Speed: New open source Firebug performance extension from Google

Category: Google, Performance, Utility

Richard Rabbat and Bryan McQuade have introduced a new tool called Page Speed that is a fully open source (e.g. it has a public bug database, process for accepting code contributions, roadmap, etc) performance Firebug plugin: Page Speed is a tool we’ve been using internally to improve the performance of our web pages — it’s Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:53 am

4.3 rating from 49 votes

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

CSS Video Effects

Category: Showcase, Video, WebKit

Charles Ying has been playing with some new cool features that just made it to WebKit Nightly, specifically CSS effects with HTML5 video. With some cool CSS such as below, Charles gets the nice effect of reflection live on HTML5 video (which is playing a .mov that you select) < View plain text > css Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:28 pm

3.4 rating from 34 votes

Image thumbnail crop tool with Processing.js and PHP GD

Category: Examples

Matt Schoen has written a nice image thumbnail tool that lets you zoom in on the part of the image that you want to crop for a thumbnail. You can check out the Processing code that does the work: < View plain text > javascript void setup(){     size(600, 600); //for internal size variables Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:08 am

2.5 rating from 42 votes

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Adobe BrowserLab: The Meer Meer rises

Category: Adobe, Browsers, Debugging

We were excited to see the sneak preview of what was called Meer Meer, at the last Adobe MAX. Today Adobe has released a preview of the newly branded Adobe BrowserLab: BrowserLab provides web designers exact renderings of their web pages in multiple browsers and operating systems, on demand. BrowserLab is a powerful solution for Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:46 pm

4.1 rating from 35 votes beautiful new Cappuccino app

Category: Cappuccino, Showcase

I am sitting in the JavaOne keynote watching the event in real-time through the new application, It aggregates tweets, links, photos and videos all in one nice interface. You will notice that the UI has an iTunes-like feel with the bottom timeline, and it looks great. I am starting to wonder if you have Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:47 am

3.5 rating from 41 votes

Importing and Exporting HTTP data with Firebug

Category: Debugging, Utility

Jan Odvarko of the Firebug team has created a new plugin and site that allows you to export data from Firebug in the HTTP Archive Format and then also view the JSON data via a HTTP Archive Viewer. The format will look a little like this: < View plain text > javascript ({   "log":{ Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:14 am

4.1 rating from 23 votes

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

IE8 vs. IE6: Rise of the new machine

Category: Browsers

Asa has an updated look at the current browser stats and trends and what is probably most interesting is the image above showing the rise of IE 8. This is something to dance about, as we see the decline in IE 6. Notice how IE 7, the browser with the most share in these stats Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:47 am

2.7 rating from 41 votes

CSS Gradient Tool; Build the Apple Navigation Bar

Category: CSS, Utility

John Allsop has created a very cool CSS gradient exploration tool that lets you get the gradient you need, with the resulting sample and code right there. You could use it to do what he did, and recreate the Apple navigation bar in pure CSS instead of using images. John didn’t stop there, and has Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:25 am

3.5 rating from 26 votes

AppJet users look to migrate apps

Category: Announcements

The team behind AppJet and the successful EtherPad have announced that they are discontinuing the hosting of AppJet applications. This is a shame, as the server side JavaScript programming module makes writing certain back ends a breeze, as they showed with EtherPad itself! I hope that it will rise again, just as I hope that Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:32 am

2.9 rating from 12 votes

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Narwhal: Standard Library that implements ServerJS

Category: JavaScript, Server

Narwhal “a flexible JavaScript standard library” is now live thanks to: Tom Robinson’s Jack: the web server and web application/framework agnostic interface, similar to Ruby’s Rack and Python’s WSGI. Narwhal was conceived while building Jack, and was later extracted into it’s own project. Kris Kowal’s Chiron: a system of interoperable JavaScript modules, including a type Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:44 am

3.9 rating from 26 votes

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Web Storage Portability Layer: Abstract on top of HTML5 and Gears Storage

Category: Database, Google

Robert Kroeger has released a nice library for local database access. The Web Storage Portability Layer nicely abstracts on top of HTML5 and Gears for database access. The WSPL consists of a collection of classes that provide asynchronous transactional access to both Gears and HTML5 databases and can be found on Project Hosting on Google Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:45 am

4 rating from 33 votes

GWT team Wave’s goodbye to annoying question; It’s the API stupid

Category: Google

“Why doesn’t Google use GWT more?” That is a question that I was asked maaaany a time. There are sites like Base and the old mashup editor and others…. but “why not something big like Gmail?” It was always so tough because it wasn’t a totally fair question. Google has some of the best Ajax Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:24 am

3.9 rating from 45 votes