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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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Google WebM and the Future of Web Video

Monday, June 7th, 2010

This is my first cross-post, done with the blog at my employer, BetterVideo. The original post can be found here.

BetterVideo is looking closely into the new Google WebM video codec and weighing its potential on whether it will be the web codec of the future. While it's still too early to make a determination, there are many facts available, and the WebM project is proceeding at a brisk pace.

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Video: Optimize Your Website to Load Faster!

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

One of the two videos from the June 1st meeting is posted. In this one, I go pretty deep into how to optimize your website. There’s a lot of energy in this one, and I’m surprised how much information I was able to cover; it should be enjoyable. The video is posted here, and to go along with the video is another one of my colorful presentations.

Faster Websites! Kill! Kill! - Mike Wilcox

Video: The History of HTML5

Friday, May 14th, 2010

One of the two videos from the May 4th meeting is posted. My presentation on The History of HTML5 is available here. Also see the presentation.

A reminder that Club AJAX is using the awesome BetterVideo™ player and hosting. The player has been updated with new controls (fullscreen) and social tools, so you can post the video via email, Twitter, Facebook, or grab the code and post it on your page.

Mock Data Randomizer

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010


A common step in the development cycle is to substitute fake data until real data is created, generated, or the API is set up to retrieve it. Creating this fake data isn’t usually difficult, but it can be a tedious and repetitive task. Club AJAX has added a new library item to create mock data for use in application development. Using the Club AJAX Randomizer, you can easily generate random numbers, booleans, colors, dates, characters, words, sentences, titles, names, and even website names. Helper functions are also available to scramble or return random elements from your own data.
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Google Wave – A Paper Tsunami?

Monday, May 10th, 2010

For those of you who haven’t checked out Google’s Wave, you should. Wave is many things, but if I had to give it a label, I would call it an excellent Document Collaboration Commander! Wave is the first place I go to write my blogs. It helps to jot down notes quickly; it keeps the document on the internet so I have access to it from any computer; and allowing a friend to review my blog is as easy as adding them as a participant (thanks Mike). When Mike and I need to write something for Club AJAX, we jump on Wave and both start banging out ideas. We don’t have to worry about duplicated efforts, because we can see what the other is writing, even as we are writing it. In fact, this synchronization usually propagates more ideas. You’ve heard me trumpet the paperless office before – think how much money Wave saves you from the multiple times of printing that document, proofing, highlighting edits, scribbling in the margins, changing, saving, and reprinting. Wave is a fantastic, free productivity and collaboration tool. But is it all that it could be?

Google Wave - A Paper Tsunami?

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