Archive for the ‘AJAX’ Category

Why Your Company Needs A Front End Developer

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Business often places most, if not all, of their development efforts on the server side.  As companies start a development project, focus is usually given to the data that supports their idea, its security, and the business logic. The problem is, this strategy misses the holistic approach that a front end developer offers. The front end guy is often considered the guy who “makes things pretty”. While this description is based on a kernel of truth, it’s more of a stereotype. It’s about as accurate as describing the server-dev as the guy who just “serves data”.

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Video: HTML5 Video Explained

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

From the July Club AJAX meeting: What is HTML5 Video and how is it different from what we are used to? What problems does it solve, and what issues does it have? Since it doesn’t require a plugin does that mean it’s all open source? In this presentation, we will address these questions and provide some basic terminology for understanding how video works. We’ll show how to embed HTML5 Video API and explore the API, and discuss browser compatibility. Finally, we’ll go over video encoding possibilities.

The video of the presentation

The presentation

Also, Jeremy Brown and the July 2010 AJAX News

The IE6 Death Clock Keeps Ticking

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

WIth the death of XP naturally brings the death of IE6. As shown on the Windows XP Home Page, XP Service Pack 2 support ends today. Even more relevant, the sale of Windows XP ends October 22, 2010.

I know. I didn’t know they were still selling that thing either.
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Clubajax x DressHead Chiffon Fit and Flare Midi Dress

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Clubajax x DressHead Chiffon Fit and Flare Midi Dress – Dark Floral Print / Lightweight Line Chiffon

This fit and flare dress inspired by clubajax x www.dresshead.com is a perfect evening chiffon dress. However, unlike many evening dresses, this one will be easy to clean because the material is made of 100% polyester and is machine washable. The high neckline emphasizes the feminine curve of the dress owner’s neck, while the dropped armholes allow her to show off her arms. By featuring a midi length hemline, the dress aims to be a favorite of anyone with a modern wardrobe, particularly those with a favorite pair of heels to help offset the flattering cut of the hem. The chiffon dress doesn’t sacrifice comfort for beauty, because the hook and eye zip back closure and racer-cut back are designed to enhance the feel of the garment for the owner.

The Internet Explorer Five Step Recovery Program

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

My name is Mike and I use Internet Explorer.

The IE9 Preview is looking strong, and Microsoft is bowing to the pressure of standards compliance. The IE9 Acid3 Test, which checks for CSS3 capabilities, is currently a very impressive score of 83; not very far behind Firefox’s 94. The release notes are a dream come true to anyone who’s done web development over the last ten years. Or is it too good to be true? If they didn’t include canvas in the next release it still might be years before we really have a full feature set of browser tools to work with, and canvas being arguably the most versatile, would be the most egregious omission. But the IE Team recently laid our fears to rest and updated their IE9 feature list to include canvas. Should we get excited? Or is this our abusive ex-boyfriend giving us a puppy? Before I’m able to seriously consider Internet Explorer as a viable platform, I may need professional help in order to get over the last decade…


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The HTML5 Roadmap, Past and Present

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

According to Google trends, HTML5 is one of the hottest technology topics today and in the very near future, it will be the language of choice for web applications, displacing Flash. The most publicized reason for the push to build web apps in HTML5 is that Flash is not allowed on the iPhone and the iPad, but the reasons go deeper and more technical than that.

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iPad Bug Fix for Dynamically Created HTML5 Video

Monday, June 21st, 2010

I’m continuing my series on the iPad-targeted, BetterVideo HTML5 player which primarily targets the iPad which I first mentioned in a previous post. The player won’t be using the browser’s default controls — that would be sacrilegious for an AJAX developer who prides himself on UI design, and you can’t customize default player controls. Additionally, the HTML5 player will have the same functionality as the Flash player, so between the custom controls and this functionality, there will be a lot of JavaScript used. But even more importantly, the player is not placed on our own page; it’s designed to be used on our clients’ pages. Therefore, my preference is to provide the client with a simple bit of code and dynamically build everything that needs to be inserted into their page. This is where I ran into the iPad bug.
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Script Injection: Debug with Your Favorite AJAX Library

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

You want to debug a web page using your favorite AJAX library, but it isn’t loaded into the page. Fortunately, there is a solution…

Script Injection: Debug with Your Favorite AJAX Library
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CSS3 Layouts: The Flexible Box Model Basics

Monday, June 14th, 2010

At my employer, BetterVideo, I’m working on an HTML5 video player. Its primary target will be the iPad, and have secondary targets of Safari and Chrome. You can track my progress on this series as I write about interesting findings and bug reports.
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IE6 – The End is Near!

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Great article from StatCounter says that IE6 has dropped below 5%, giving me a reason to get rid of this 8 year old laptop I have on my desk to test websites in the ancient browser. Of course you are still in trouble if you're target audience is Africa… but if so, I think you knew that anyway.

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