Editorial


Monday, June 21st, 2010

From zero-install to instant-install

Category: Editorial

Aaron has a nice editorial piece on going from zero-install to instant-install in which he discusses the notion of web apps: Bringing back a lightweight notion of installation offers an interesting way out of Web constraints. If an author uses APIs like window.open() and desktop notifications in an annoying way, his app will be uninstalled. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:44 am
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4.5 rating from 2 votes

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

The march to a more client-centric Web; Will the mobile Web, HTML5, and Chrome Web Apps be the tipping point?

Category: Editorial

Progressive enhancement. Disconnected offline applications. There is a tension brewing in how we deliver applications on the Web. This isn’t a new tension. It has been around ever since we started to do more than just throw HTML down the pipe for the hypertext document runtime to render. With the Ajax revolution we talked a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:25 pm
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1 rating from 1 votes

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

HTML5: Deja Vu on Ajax

Category: Editorial, HTML

What does Open Web mean? What does Ajax mean? Is it AJAX or Ajax? Remember those discussions? We had the arguments … the purists who would shout and scream if you said something was Ajax and didn’t use XHR with async mode + XML as the format. Ajax beat our AJAX and became the new Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:10 am
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4 rating from 3 votes

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Are we going to be stick shift drivers amidst the automatic population?

Category: Editorial

An editorial piece taken from my personal blog goes into some thoughts on the computing platforms and how they are evolving. I have been talking in analogy for the last few days. The common meme is relating the computing usage trends to that of the car industry. As I watch continue to watch my family Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:43 am
14 Comments

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3.5 rating from 2 votes

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

A second look at the “webbyness” of an “installable” Web App

Category: Editorial

Many in the Web community have been guarded about the notion of “apps” and what a Web app is. Google itself, via Gears and now HTML5 support, were pushing the notion of giving the browser the abilities to do app-like things…. rather than pushing for a native app runtime. The Chrome Web Store and its Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:35 pm
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4 rating from 2 votes

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Web 2.0 Expo Browser Panel

Category: Editorial

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel at Web 2.0 Expo on the future of browsers with Ben. On the panel were distinguished gents. In the photo (courtesy of TechCrunch) you see (sitting from left to right): Alex Russell (Google), Brendan Eich (Mozilla), Charles McCathieNevile (Opera Software), Giorgio Sardo (Microsoft Corporation), and Douglas Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:39 am
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4 rating from 1 votes

Friday, April 9th, 2010

So all this is done in HTML5 by the way

Category: Editorial

What a day. I sometimes don’t know how to feel about Apple. On the one hand they do great things for the cause of HTML5: They gave us Canvas, and CSS transforms, and … They brought us WebKit, and now WebKit 2 By blocking Flash on their mobile platform, they force people to take HTML5 Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:32 am
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4.1 rating from 33 votes

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Mouseovers on Touch Devices

Category: Apple, Editorial, Flash, iPhone

Most of the thinking on iPad’s exclusion of Flash has been focused on battery life, performance, stability, or control of the application market, but here’s a Flash developer who’s thinking differently. Morgan Adams argues it’s all about the mouseover, and he raises a point that is just as relevant to rich Javascript apps. Many (if Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 2:35 am
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3.4 rating from 26 votes

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Google isn’t Evil. Flash isn’t Dead; Thank god the Open Web doesn’t have a single vendor

Category: Editorial

The following post is a reprint from my personal blog. It is editorial in nature and even delves into random politics. I apologise. You can deal with it though :) Steve Jobs didn’t hold back when talking about Google and Adobe. That is great. Life is so much more fun when people speak their mind. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:38 pm
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3 rating from 24 votes

Friday, January 8th, 2010

View Source; How important was it, is it, and will it be?

Category: Editorial

Alex Russell has pontificated on the notion that View Source is not only good and important, but that it may be under attack. Do you feel that view source added to the popularity of the Web? or that it was just a nice to have that is neither here nor there? Other technologies have tried Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:25 am
23 Comments

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2.9 rating from 25 votes

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

The End of Days for “View Source”?

Category: Editorial, Performance

“View Source is your friend”, we’ve learned countless times as web developers. It’s something special about web development that we can seamlessly lift the covers on anything we see and find out how the sausage is made. And it gets even better with great tools to interrogate the system in real-time. This capability has helped Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 10:40 am
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3.3 rating from 47 votes

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

CBC Radio 3 Case Study

Category: Articles, Editorial, Prototype, Showcase

Phil Rabin of CBC Radio 3 has kindly written a guest post on his experience creating a fantastic Web interface for the station that uses Flash for audio, but a full HTML experience that maintains state from page to page. CBC Radio 3 is a community, radio station and user-generated independent music library which is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:05 am
11 Comments

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3 rating from 31 votes

Monday, September 28th, 2009

A note from the editors; Hat change!

Category: Editorial

Dear Ajaxian Community, As editors-in-chief so to speak, I always feel that it is important to fully disclose to the community any affiliation change. We have always tried to by balanced, and show that by featuring all kinds of news (for example, we haven’t been shy at posting about great WebKit tech while at Mozilla, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:07 pm
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3.3 rating from 34 votes

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Why I’m Done Making Desktop Applications

Category: Editorial

Patrick Mckenzie has written an interesting editorial comparing his life as a desktop developer and a Web one. He talks about an application that he has traditionally sold as a desktop app, and how it is faring on the Web. Bingo Card Creator is the application in question, and he has strong opinions :) Over Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:21 am
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3.8 rating from 39 votes

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Web OS? Web VM? Value in both?

Category: Browsers, Editorial

The following post comes from my personal blog Chrome OS created a whole slew of buzz around the Web finally being an OS. There are many other examples of this of course. On the desktop we have had the likes of moblin and Jolicloud for quite some time. On the phone we have webOS. The Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:18 am
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3.1 rating from 41 votes

Monday, June 8th, 2009

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
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4.1 rating from 16 votes