Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

A Titanium Tablet?

Category: Appcelerator, Apple

Appcelerator has published an interesting study on the Apple Tablet. You know, the iPhone OS based one that we will Steve will show us on Wednesday. The study asks some interesting questions revolving around the development side of the tablet. Are developers going to develop for it? What are they looking for? What are they Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:01 am

3.2 rating from 10 votes

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Taking a stance: Comparing video codec issue (H.264) to ActiveX

Category: Mozilla

Sometimes you need to compromise, but at others you need to lead and take a stance. Our politicians do far too much via polls, and I often find myself wishing for more leadership. I could start talking about Obama and the healthcare issue in the US….. but this is a technical blog so I won’t Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:01 am

4.1 rating from 38 votes

Chrome OS the Web based OS of 2010? Nah, Win 3.11 :)

Category: Fun

This is a Friday post that happens to show up on Monday ;) 2010 will have a lot of Web based OS products, including the much anticipated Chrome OS. Why wait for that when you can use Windows 3.11: Browser Edition? Or, check out webOS on mobile, Jollicloud on Netbook, and many others.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:01 am

4.2 rating from 41 votes

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

YouTube and Vimeo turn on HTML5 video tag

Category: Showcase, Video

At Google I/O the team showed a demo of YouTube running video right in the browser, instead of in the rectangle of Flash. Now, that URL takes you to the beta, which you can opt-in too. I am torn on what to write on this showcase though…. so, especially since it is Friday, here are Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:21 am

4.6 rating from 44 votes

De-fusing JavaScript Natives with the Fusebox

Category: JavaScript, Library

John-David Dalton has released Fusebox, a library that allows you to sandbox natives: Extending JavaScript natives gives you the power to customize the language to fit your needs. You can add convenience methods like “hello world”.capitalize() or implement missing functionality like [1,2,3].indexOf(2) in JScript. The problem is that frameworks / libraries / third-party scripts may Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:17 am

4.2 rating from 32 votes

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Jaml: An HTML builder a la Haml

Category: HTML, JavaScript

There have been a few HTML builder APIs out there, but Ed Spencer (new lead of Ext JS) has put together something that looks and feels similar to Haml from the Ruby side. Jaml lets you write HTML like this: < View plain text > javascript div(   h1("Some title"),   p("Some exciting paragraph text"), Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:43 am

3.4 rating from 36 votes

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Firebug 1.5: New Features and ready for Firefox 3.6

Category: Debugging, Firefox

Nice work Firebug team for announcing Firebug 1.5, a great release that fixes many bugs and adds great features: Mike Radcliffe’s Inspector. A key feature, now solid as a rock, Jan ‘Honza’ Odvarko’s expanded and refined Net panel, with accurate timings, Steve Roussey’s reworking of HTML editing and entity support, Kevin Decker’s CSS and Style Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:49 am

4.6 rating from 61 votes

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

ECMAScript Edition 5: WebKit JavaScriptCore Progress

Category: JavaScript

We have a new bible. ECMAScript Edition 5 was voted (despite annoying folk like IBM who seem to only get in the way) in. So, when do we get to play? Over on the Qt blog, Kent has posted on the progress that has been made, and what there is to go, for this to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:51 am

4.3 rating from 38 votes

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Helium CSS: JavaScript Library to test your CSS usage

Category: CSS, JavaScript, Library, Testing

Geuis Teses has released an enjoyable library called Helium that has the goal of testing your stylesheets for unused style. You inject helium into your site (e.g. put it in an included footer) and then when you hit the first page you will have a popup asking for the pages you want to test. Helium Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:29 am

4.1 rating from 24 votes

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Pure CSS bar charts as a simple API

Category: CSS, JavaScript, Performance, PHP

I am right now working on a high-traffic project that will run in a sandbox that doesn’t allow me to pull third party JavaScript or use canvas/Flash. Yet I need to generate bar charts from a set of data. The solution to me was to create the charts from HTML using CSS. There have been Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 8:19 am

2.8 rating from 48 votes

A live video tool tip showcase of HTML5 video, canvas, and Ext

Category: Sencha, Showcase

David Davis of Ext doesn’t just have a cool name. He does cool stuff :) His latest post explains a showcase of melding HTML5 video and canvas support as he creates a live video tooltip. The example uses Ext JS web desktop and the code created delivers a special Panel that is able to deliver Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:26 am
1 Comment

4 rating from 42 votes

jQuery 1.4 is released

Category: JavaScript, jQuery, Library

The incredibly popular jQuery library has released jQuery 1.4 on a new website that will celebrate 14 days of jQuery. There are a lot of new features, and as usual performance gains are showcased. Easy Setter Functions: For a while now, you’ve been able to pass a function into .attr() and the return value of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:13 am

3.6 rating from 117 votes

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Adobe BrowserLab Update: More browsers, more features

Category: Adobe, Browsers

Adobe BrowserLab (formerly Meer Meer) has been updated today with new browsers and features: New Browser Support: Adding Internet Explorer 8, Chrome 3.0, Safari 4 and Firefox 3.5 to the current list of supported browsers; Rulers and Guides: Providing users more precision with rulers on the X and Y axes, as well as movable guides; Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:30 am

3.1 rating from 19 votes

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Gordon: Flash Runtime Implemented in Javascript

Category: Flash, JavaScript

This was quite a surprise! Tobias Schneider has built a Flash runtime that works right in the browser. It’s implemented in pure Javascript and HTML5, and the whole thing is open source, MIT-licensed, and hosted on GitHub. See Gordon in action (demos hosted by Paul Irish). It works like a charm in recent versions of Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 3:38 pm

4.8 rating from 81 votes

Virtual DOM Events

Category: JavaScript

I am a big fan of using custom events where it makes sense in applications. I took it too far in the early days of Bespin, but I really enjoy them where they make sense. Chris Vanrensburg was talking to me about Virtual DOM events, and when I asked him about them he told me Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:44 am

4 rating from 33 votes

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Progressive XMLHttpRequest

Category: Ajax

Kyle Scholz has brought up the topic of progressive response handling in XHR: Perhaps it’s subtle, but the draft spec for XMLHttpRequest calls for support for progressive response handling: 4.7.6 The responseText attribute The responseText attribute must return the result of running these steps: 1. If the state is not LOADING or DONE return the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:54 am

3.7 rating from 48 votes