Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Page Speed SDK released; HAR to Page Speed tool created

Category: Performance

Releasing the Page Speed SDK (all open source) is one step closer to having a common performance metric across all web development tools and environments. Imagine being able to get the same performance analysis results from Firebug, Web Inspector, HttpWatch, Fiddler, Keynote, and Gomez. This will help us develop a common vocabulary and bring more Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:55 am
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4 rating from 2 votes

HTML5 Extensibility: Here comes the Semantic Web! ;)

Category: HTML

Mark Pilgrim continues to create fantastic content for his Dive Into HTML5 book. His latest is on HTML extensibility. Some folks tried to get us to use RDFa in XHTML (and try to get us doing it in HTML5 too… :/), and we have had the micro-formats folks take a pragmatic approach. The new microdata Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:16 am

3.8 rating from 4 votes

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Mobile Web UX: Beautiful Twitter Clients and more

Category: Mobile

Twitter released an official Android application today that looks clean and to the point. A mobile Web version of a Twitter client, Tweet Me was released on webOS, and I think it raises the bar. It is beautiful and a pleasure to use: This is a segue into some posts that I have penned recently Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:12 pm
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3 rating from 2 votes

Want Web games on all things iTouch? Scripty 2.

Category: Prototype, Scriptaculous

Thomas Fuchs has a detailed post on building a Flash-y game with scripty2 where he walks through a memory game. Everything is shown, from game logic all the way to the smooth animations and easings: < View plain text > javascript // animate cards to go to new positions cards.inGroupsOf(4).each(function(group, x) {   group.each( function(card, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:47 am
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Torus: 3D Tetris Fun

Category: Fun, Games

Nearly 4 years ago, Ben Joffe created a fun Tetris-like game called Torus that takes the classic and makes it cylindrical. He just updated the game now that browsers can power his canvas game sooo much better. Smooth falling motion Smooth left/right motion Row clear animation Slightly higher playing field Visual indication of death zone Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:20 am

3.2 rating from 9 votes

Microsoft to support H.264 only? Really?

Category: Microsoft, Standards

Dean Hachamovitch took an opportunity to talk about Microsoft’s point of view on HTML5 video. Namely, the view that they will only support H.264. Why do that post now? Get it out before Google I/O and VP8 gets released and opened? Follow Steve Jobs’ attack on Adobe (which talks about the openness of H.264?). Dean Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:11 am

3 rating from 1 votes

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

jQuery Micro Optimizations

Category: jQuery

Corey Hart has a fun post on jQuery micro optimization tips by walking through the jQuery codebase to see what is running. Right away he notes that these are true micro optimizations, and to “use with caution and balance elegance with performance correctly.” Chances are you are a lucky chap if these are the biggest Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:05 am

3.5 rating from 6 votes

MooTools 1.3b1: A “Slick” release

Category: JavaScript, MooTools

The first beta of MooTools 1.3 has become available. The biggest feature is their new CSS selector engine. They aren’t using Sizzle like some of the other boys, but instead have become Slick: Slick is our new, shiny, super fast, exhaustively tested, pure-javascript selector engine. There will probably be a dedicated Slick post in the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:20 am

2.3 rating from 4 votes

Heroku brings node.js support to its hosted solutions

Category: Node, Server

Heroku is known for its impressive Rails hosting, but on the heels of a post on how they decide their roadmap we see announced support for node.js in private beta. This is sure to be the first of many chaps putting their hat in the ring. With Ryan Dahl himself at Joyent, you would be Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:20 am
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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Get some box-shadow going!

Category: CSS

The following features are at-risk and may be dropped at the end of the CR period if there has not been enough interest from implementers: ‘box-decoration-break’, ‘box-shadow’. box-shadow is back in the W3C CSS3 spec. Not only is is back, but you can now get insets: Thanks to the CSS Ninja for the tip.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:10 am

1 rating from 1 votes

Let Firefox open the doors for you

Category: Browsers, Mozilla

I remember when Dan Mills showed a first prototype of having the browser help you login. I have long wanted to login to the browser itself, and then have it handle my passwords etc. I use 1Password to do some of this, but I still have to click on buttons to do the login. The Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:11 am

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Telling robots about your crawl-able Ajax apps

Category: Ajax, Google

Weston Ruter wants to talk to the search robots out there and tell them about the URL format for crawling Ajax apps. Google came out with a spec for doing this with hash bang URLs such as:!portfolio/interactive/. What if we could tell Google and others something like: < View plain text > HTML <meta Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:37 am

3.3 rating from 51 votes

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Steve’s call to improve browser caching

Category: Browsers

Steve Souders was at the Mozilla Web caching summit that we posted on recently. At the event he lead the charge on the default size of the cache, and has written up a call to improve browser caching. He created a browser survey form to capture information on the size of peoples cache, and this Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:43 am

1 rating from 1 votes

The State of Web Development 2010 – Web Directions

Category: Survey

What are the current Web Directions? John Allsopp is back, with results from his latest State of Web Development 2010 survey. There is a ton of content here, and the data is made available. For the full report you can grab the PDF. Fancy some crib notes? Here are some of the highlights from the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:23 am

4.3 rating from 3 votes

TouchScroll: Implementing scroll physics in JS and CSS

Category: Mobile

David Aurelio of the awesome Uxebu has been working on TouchScroll, a library that implements scrolling in a way that mimics the native scrolling of a device such as an iPhone, Android, or Pre. Other libraries such as jQtouch and the Mojo library itself (used in Ares) do this work too in their own worlds. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:10 am

4.2 rating from 6 votes

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Scrollin’ Scrollin’ Scrollin’ to the NextPoint

Category: Examples, JavaScript

This is a guest post from the folks at Nextpoint. We’ve previously mentioned their pioneering use of Ajax in the legal industry and open sourcing of Growl4Rails. Here they bring us some details on their scrollable-document interface — make sure to make it to the end of the post for a link to the sample Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:56 am

4.5 rating from 2 votes