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Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Ian Hickson discusses HTML 5 features, pain points, adoption rate, and more

Category: Standards

Justin James took some time to interview Ian Hickson, HTML Uber Editor, on features, pain points, adoption rate, and more. A couple of interesting messages come out for me: We want to do this right, and actually specify what should be done, and this takes time. No more vague specs! Although the final spec will Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:29 am

3.2 rating from 16 votes

Flickr keeps it light with their migration fun

Category: Fun, Showcase

Scott Schiller (SoundManager 2, cool games, and dhtml guru) shows that Flickr still has a lot of fun left in it. They have given a sneak peek at a new home page and you can migrate that version. If you click on the link: Then you will get an inline popup, and you will start Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:29 am
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3.1 rating from 17 votes

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

UA Profiler: Automatically testing browser features

Category: Browsers, Testing

“Steve, have you done a performance analysis on Google Chrome?” Steve Souders did one better. Rather than just running some tests, he wrote a UA Profiler that allowed him to point a browser and let it roll through the tests: UA Profiler looks at browser characteristics that make pages load faster, such as downloading scripts Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:07 am

3.5 rating from 37 votes

Using Canvas in IE via Flash

Category: Canvas

Grant Jones stepped up and has written a gues t post on implementing Canvas using Flash. Grant starts out with the timeline of shims: Manish Jethani mentions something about the canvas tag being used for a 3D game, John Dowdell from adobe responds in Nov. 2005 Manish Jethani suggests a way to do a SWF-based Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:09 am

3.8 rating from 19 votes

A JavaScript Ode to the Large Hadron Collider

Category: Canvas, JavaScript

Jacob Seidelin has honoured the folks at CERN who will be “pushing the button tomorrow morning to fire up the Large Hadron Collider, the largest particle accelerator ever built” by creating a perfect simulation of what is going on. Try not to destroy the world as you play with it.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:19 am

3.5 rating from 24 votes

Gecko and WebKit in 2008

Category: Browsers, Firefox

WebKit gets all of the love these days. It’s the skinny little brother that gets all of the hot dates. It is easy to think that Gecko is complex, but there is nuance to the tale, and Ars brings that nuance. After explaining the strengths of WebKit, and the history of Gecko, they move on Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:28 am

4.5 rating from 32 votes

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Raise your glasses and voices! A Karaoke lyrics scroller in JavaScript

One of the things that fascinates me lately is the interaction of JavaScript and Flash and how you can make content available in HTML that normally would get buried deep inside a Flash movie. The most pressing matter to fix is how to caption online video in an accessible manner and we’ll have a go Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 3:49 pm

3.9 rating from 17 votes

Back to first principles; Why do you think the Open Web matters?

Category: Editorial

I found myself pondering the Open Web recently, and I posted about my thoughts as I revisited why the Open Web matters. The piece is not about the Open Web being better, or for Open Web people to feel high and mighty. Rather, it is working out why the Open Web makes sense, and how Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:46 am

3.5 rating from 36 votes

Want to Use AIR? Read About the Dojo Toolbox Development Effort First

Category: Adobe, Dojo

If you’ve ever been curious as to what goes into building a Adobe AIR application, then read Kevin Dangoor’s account of how the Dojo Toolbox was built: Building the Dojo Toolbox allowed us to dive into Adobe® AIR™, and to create a blended toolchain of JavaScript, PHP, Python and Rhino (JavaScript on the Java Virtual Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 10:30 am
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3 rating from 30 votes

Open Web Podcast: Allen Wirfs-Brock, and Pratap Lakshman from Microsoft on ECMAScript, IE 8, and more

Category: OpenWebPodcast

Over on the Open Web Podcast the crew interviewed Allen Wirfs-Brock, and Pratap Lakshman from Microsoft on ECMAScript, IE 8, and more. It was a real pleasure to chat with these guys as they talked on a variety of issues, even including their thoughts on business models on the Web! Allen Wirfs-Brock is the standards Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:25 am
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3.9 rating from 10 votes

Custom fonts thanks to rendering SVG font definitions

Category: Dojo, SVG

Tom Trenka has a fantastic post on custom fonts with dojo.gfx that shows the SVG font definition implementation. Part one of the article deals with painful, practical issues around the licensing of fonts. Tom discusses the various technical options out there, and then gets to the solution: In general, the issues surrounding font usage have Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:31 am

3.8 rating from 32 votes

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Awesome Time Waster: YUI Pacman!

Category: Yahoo!

Okay I’d like to know how many of the Ajaxian readers are actually old enough to remember real arcade games which required endless amounts of quarters to become good. Yeah, those were the days when calluses on your thumbs were the norm and being able to “hold it” (ie: not go to the bathroom for Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 9:48 am

3.8 rating from 28 votes

Resig on JavaScript Benchmark Quality

Category: JavaScript

It’s truly amazing how the release of Chrome has ratcheted up the focus on JavaScript and its performance. It’s not to say that JavaScript performance wasn’t important before but with Google coming out claiming amazing speed improvements via V8, it’s really gotten the community focused on determining how to best measure these claims. John Resig, Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 9:20 am

3.8 rating from 22 votes

3D CSS Transforms on the iPhone

Category: iPhone, Mobile

iPhone apps get a lot of attention and press and understandably so. For a lot of iPhone app developers, these tiny apps can turn into a tremendous cash cow making development for the phone platform invaluable. But considering that the iPhone is running Safari on it, it’s surprising that we haven’t seen a whole lot Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 8:54 am

3.7 rating from 18 votes

UUID Generator in JavaScript

Category: JavaScript

Robert Kieffer didn’t like any UUID generators out there, so decided to create a lightweight randomUUID.js script. It creates RFC 4122-compliant ids: The practice is probably a little different. The uniqueness depends on how random the numbers generated by Math.random() are. Generating truly random numbers is a notoriously tricky problem, solved in different (imperfect) ways Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:52 am

3.2 rating from 30 votes

Form access control via jQuery and Jaxer

Category: Aptana

Tom Kirkpatrick has written about writing one form, and using access control to map it to various roles using jQuery and Jaxer. This is a simple pattern. You never want to use client code to manage access, for obvious reasons. The approach is to use the server to spew out HTML that makes sense, and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:42 am

3.6 rating from 17 votes