Friday, March 19th, 2010

Mozilla Labs releases alpha version of contacts in the browser

Category: Mozilla

Michael Hanson and a team at Mozilla Labs have been doing some really interesting work with Identity in the browser (and taking ownership back from services). They just released an alpha add-on for Firefox that begins to integrate contacts from services (right now: “Gmail, Twitter, and, on MacOS-based machines, the local Address Book” but growing). Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:40 am

4 rating from 23 votes

Jetpack SDK: The reboot of the extensions

Category: Firefox, Mozilla

The Jetpack project over at Mozilla Labs has been rethinking what it is to extend the browser (as has Chrome Extensions). They both move us to using Web technologies and skills rather than having to digg into XUL or C++. The project has gone through a reboot, and shed the original experiment as Jetpack Prototype. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:16 am

4.3 rating from 21 votes

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Talking about Douglas Crockford’s good parts

Category: Fun

It was St. Patricks Day last night, and I have a funny feeling that some green beer and Guiness lead to Brian LeRoux and Rob Ellis creating Crockford Facts. It isn’t Friday yet…. well it is in Australia right? Silliness. Oh, and John Resig has some competition for Doug too. We demand a dance off?

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:50 pm

4.1 rating from 28 votes

RequireJS: Asynchronous JavaScript loading

Category: JavaScript, Node, Performance

A certain someone was talking to me about how they find it interesting that node.js, the JavaScript server framework du jour which loves all things async, starts life with a bunch of synchronous require() calls. Now, this is actually quite fine since the startup of the server is not the issue at hand. However, if Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:15 am

3.8 rating from 31 votes

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

A typeface created in CSS

David Desandro has developed a newtypeface family named Curtis and done so in an interesting way…. using CSS: Each character is wrapped in a <span> and then depending on the complexity of that character, more empty <span> elements are added to the markup to render each shape. Here’s the markup for R: < View plain Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:17 am

3.8 rating from 36 votes

Hot Apps: Using $1M to reward 440 mobile Web developers

Category: WebOS

Disclaimer: Ben and I work for Palm and created this program. I wanted to make sure that you were aware of it over here, since Web developers have a great chance of getting some $ :) At Palm we wanted to reward the mobile Web developers who build great applications that our users can enjoy. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:22 am
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4.2 rating from 16 votes

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Microsoft <3 jQuery

Category: jQuery, Microsoft

Update: Here is a full set of release notes on the platform preview (called that as it is more of a shell than a browser. Rey Bango (Ajaxian and now Microsoft employee) will do a post that rounds up the news from MIX today where the IE9 team shared a first preview release of IE9 Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:03 pm

3.3 rating from 65 votes

Sputnik gets more tests; How compliant are the browsers?

Category: JavaScript

The Chromium folk have posted about JavaScript conformance as they release a test runner for Sputnik, that allows you to easily run the complete test suite from within your browser: Sputnik touches all aspects of the JavaScript language defined in the 3rd edition of the ECMA-262 spec. In many ways it can be seen as Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:34 am
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4.4 rating from 20 votes

Monday, March 15th, 2010

A Better Mobile Web; What else?

Category: Mobile

Cedric Dugas feels so passionate about fixed positioning in WebKit that he created A Better Mobile Web to talk about it: The Problem It is impossible to have an element fixed in CSS on the page in the mobile Webkit browser. When you are surfing the web on your phone, webkit opens the page completely Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:41 am

4.3 rating from 16 votes

A deep dive and analysis of the JavaScript Module pattern

Category: JavaScript

Ben Cherry has a really nice detailed analysis of the module pattern. He starts with the simple pattern that Crock-y documented back in the day….. and then goes on to discuss augmentation (loose and strict) and then deeper into some cool patterns: Cloning and Inheritance < View plain text > javascript var MODULE_TWO = (function Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:38 am

3.5 rating from 20 votes

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Ambilight Sample; video and canvas

Category: Canvas, Examples, Video

Sergey Chikuyonok gets his Philips Ambilight foo on as he created a HTML5 video + canvas sample that mimics the TV effect. As the video runs, a snapshot is sent over to JavaScript land where colors are worked out: function getMidColors(side) { var w = buffer.width, h = buffer.height, lamps = getOption(‘lamps’), block_width = getOption(‘block_size’), Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:30 am

4.5 rating from 49 votes

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

YQL Geo library – all your geo needs in pure JavaScript

Category: Geo, JavaScript, Library

I just finished doing some talks on geo hacking (slides are available here) and how to use some of the Geo technologies Yahoo and Google provide as part of a University gig in Atlanta. As a lot of the students liked the idea of APIs like GeoPlanet and Placemaker but had a hard time getting Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 10:04 am

4.7 rating from 25 votes

SVG Wow!

Category: SVG

Erik Dahlström and Vincent Hardy have put together a cool website, called SVG Wow!, that showcases SVG doing things you didn’t expect SVG can do: There are alot of unique demos on there. One of my favorites uses SVG, HTML5 Audio, Web Fonts, and YUI to play music accompanied by flying animated lyrics (Chrome and Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 5:35 am
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3.8 rating from 23 votes

Ext JS 3.2 beta: stores, components, transitions, and themes

Category: Sencha

The Ext JS team have announced the 3.2 beta which includes new components and goodness. Take the animated DataView transitions for example: On top of that, the release includes: Multiple sorting and filtering on Composite Fields Slider improvements Toolbar plugins: ToolbarReorderer and ToolbarDroppable New Accessibility Theme: compliant with Section 508 of the Disabilities Act. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:12 am

3.5 rating from 71 votes

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

CSS3 Please! Instant results… Thank You

Category: CSS, Examples

Paul Irish and Jonathan Neal have created a fun example of various CSS tweaks that you can make, and see the results instantly. CSS3, Please! lets you play with fancy new rules such as: border-radius box shadow gradients rgba support in backgrounds transforms font-face Really nice way to make tweaks inline in the page….. nicely Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:39 am

3.5 rating from 37 votes

HTML Minification

Category: HTML, Performance

Good old Kangax has been playing with HTML minification and has shared his new tool in an early stage. What does it do? Kangax has forked John Resig’s HTML parser which parses the HTML and sends that into the Minifier. This has rules that do things like whitespace optimization, comment removal, and collapsing boolean attributes Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:14 am

3.6 rating from 32 votes