Posts Tagged ‘AJAX’

Video: HTML5 Canvas Tips and Tricks

Friday, September 10th, 2010

In this introductory level video by Bob Byron, you will learn the basics of the HTML5 Canvas capabilities, how to write the code, and other tips and tricks for working with dynamic raster graphics.

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Video: Career Development Tips

Friday, September 10th, 2010

At our last meeting, we had the honor of having a guest speaker give a presentation on Business and Career Development Tips for AJAX Programmers.
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Plain Text vs innerText vs textContent

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

innerText and textContent are properties that get or set the text of an element or all its children. Internet Explorer implemented innerText in version 4.0, and it’s a useful, if misunderstood feature. WebKit also has innerText, carefully copying from, and even improving upon IE; and additionally has the standards compliant textContent, which we shall see, is no where near as useful and is in fact quite different. Firefox has textContent but not innerText, and a common mistake is writing code that retrieves one or the other, assuming the result will be the same (it’s not). Opera has the property, but it is little more than an alias of textContent, which to me is analogous to false advertising.
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Webkit Unicode Bug

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

While working on the BetterVideo HTML5 player, I came across an odd bug in Safari; Unicode characters weren’t rendering correctly. What I was attempting to do was create a simple close button — a small box with an “x” in it. But I didn’t want to use the “x” character, I wanted something a little more specific. The Unicode character #&10005 is perfect, and there is a Webdings equivalent of it for Internet Explorer (small case “r”).
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Anatomy of Bad User Experience

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

It’s amazing that in this day of age, with all information, history, and expertise we have in building websites, that any company could churn out something so patently unusable. The following rant is a true story, experienced while reading one of my favorite bloggers on a major website…

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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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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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HTML5 Video Player Prototype

Monday, June 28th, 2010

As alluded to in a previous post and technical details discussed more in depth on Club AJAX, BetterVideo has been working on an HTML5 Video Player and is pleased to announce a working prototype. And as promised, BetterVideo is staying on the cutting edge. By all indications, HTML5 video looks to be the de facto standard of how video will be displayed, perhaps as soon as within the next two years. Our player is being future-proofed for when that day comes, but even better, we’re ready for technology of today – namely the iPad.

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