Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

CSS improvements, speed, and more with Firefox 3.6 alpha

Category: Browsers, CSS, Mozilla

Firefox 3.6 alpha releases have already arrived and there are already cool new features on the heals of the 3.5 release, as well as rapid speed improvements. People have focused on the new CSS improvements (Acid3 now gets 94/100) such as the tweaked CSS gradient support: < View plain text > css .heading {   Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:49 am

4.3 rating from 36 votes

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Jetpack to the future with recording Audio API

Category: JavaScript, Mozilla

The Jetpack project is still a young ‘un from Mozilla Labs (disclaimer: I work for labs!) but they are moving swiftly indeed, and each new release has a wicked cool new API that let’s you do something you couldn’t easily do before. With the Jetpack 0.4 release we see two cool APIs: Audio Recording API Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:15 am

4.1 rating from 30 votes

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Open Web Tools Directory

Category: Canvas, Mozilla, Utility

Over at the Mozilla Labs blog, we just launched an “Open Web Tools Directory”. Running Ajaxian for the past few years, we’ve discussed a legion of developer tools of all shapes and sizes, but there are so many we’ve quickly lost track of all that’s available. With the Tools Directory, we hope to provide a Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 2:46 am

3 rating from 41 votes

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Jetpack 0.2: slidebars, jetpack.future, and persistent storage

Category: Mozilla

On the back of the first Jetpack announcement, we see new version announced, 0.2 that adds slidebars, jetpack.future, and persistent storage. Slidebar isn’t a spelling mistake, but a slightly different take on the traditional sidebar. Check out Aza in his screencast to see them in action, and wait for the part where he sucks in Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:59 am

3.1 rating from 17 votes

Friday, April 17th, 2009

FireDiff: Firebug extension to track changes to DOM and CSS

Category: Debugging, Firefox, Mozilla

Kevin Decker has released FireDiff a very cool Firebug extension that tracks changes to the page and CSS. Firediff implements a change monitor that records all of the changes made by firebug and the application itself to CSS and the DOM. This provides insight into the functionality of the application as well as provide a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:59 am

4.3 rating from 42 votes

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

3D APIs are coming to the Web in force

Category: Canvas, Mozilla

There have been a few posts on the news that “in response to a proposal from Mozilla, Khronos has created an ‘Accelerated 3D on Web’ working group that Mozilla has offered to chair.” Chris Blizzard (Director of Evangelism for Mozilla, and top chap) has some really good comments: We’ve started to see more and more Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:59 am

3.9 rating from 36 votes

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Ghosts in the machine – avoid using window.sun in Firefox as it starts the Java engine!

Category: Java, JavaScript, Mozilla

Sometimes you find leftovers of old technology in browsers that blow your mind. One of these “ghost in the machine” problems exists in Firefox: if you use window.sun or function sun() in JavaScript you effectively start the Java VM. There are a few “magic” properties on Mozilla’s DOMWindow interface for supporting LiveConnect that will initialize Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 2:18 am

3.8 rating from 17 votes

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Bespin: A new Mozilla Labs experimental extensible code editor using Canvas

Category: Canvas, JavaScript, Mozilla, Showcase, Utility

Ben and I are excited to be releasing the first concept out of the Mozilla Developer Lab. As you know, we are big believers in the Open Web. Chris Wilson mentioned that many people are still building Web applications on top of browser technology from yester year. What if we built on more leading edge Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:50 pm

4.6 rating from 83 votes

Friday, February 6th, 2009

document.getElementById(“check1”).indeterminate = true; Now shipping in Firefox Trunk

Category: Firefox, HTML, Mozilla, Standards

Michael Ventnor posted about his implementation of the indeterminate state that is specified in HTML5 for checkboxes and radio buttons: If you do any web development, chances are you know checkboxes and radio buttons can have two states: checked and unchecked. But in the case of checkboxes, you may want to indicate to the user Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:40 am

3.3 rating from 28 votes

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Mozilla, Zazzle, and UIZE

Category: Examples, Framework, Mozilla

Mozilla is big on tinkering–making things your own. They recently released a marketplace for their community to upload its own shirt designs. But because they based it on the Ajax-heavy Zazzle platform, consumers can customize the shirts in a variety of ways. We thought this made for a good opportunity to take a closer look Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 1:01 pm

4.1 rating from 18 votes

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

MozAfterPaint: Being able to get a callback event on repaint

Category: Firefox, Mozilla

John Resig put together a nice usage of MozAfterPaint, the new Firefox event that will call back letting you know when a repaint operation has happened: The event object contains two properties: .clientRects and .boundingClientRect, both of which refer to the result of the associated DOM methods. In a nutshell, boundingClientRect gives you a single Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:02 am

2.9 rating from 14 votes

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Ajaxians join Mozilla; Creating a Developer Tools Group

Category: Announcements, Announcements, Mozilla

Today, we are really excited to be able to announce a big personal change. Ben and I are joining forces, full time, for the first time. What are we doing? We are joining Mozilla to create a new group with the charter to create developer tools for the Open Web. Mozilla is placing a big Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:15 pm

4.7 rating from 80 votes

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

navigator.geolocation now available in Firefox via Geode

Category: Mozilla

When I posted about using navigator.geolocation now the only support that I had was via Gears and the ClientLocation API. I wrote the shim to try to get you the W3C API no matter what, and today we have the first implementation in a browser, via Geode. Geode is the latest project in Mozilla Labs Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:32 pm

4.2 rating from 20 votes

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

input type=camera to give us a simple way to integrate to Webcams

Category: Browsers, Component, Firefox, HTML, Mozilla

There are a substantial number of iPhone apps that tie into the builtin native components such as the camera. Brad Lassey has been hacking on Fennec (the Mozilla mobile browser) as well as Firefox itself to integrate with camera phones and Webcams alike: I wrapped a video tag, image and a few buttons in xbl Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:13 am

2.3 rating from 80 votes

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