Posts Tagged ‘Flash’

Presentation: Why You Need a Front End Developer

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

I had the good fortune to be invited to speak at the DFW JavaMug last night, and created a presentation based on one of my more popular blogs, Why Your Company Needs A Front End Developer. Instead of addressing managers or decision makers, this one was geared toward server side developers. The premise is simple, though difficult: before hiring a second (or another) server side developer, make sure you have a good front end developer in place — and don’t try to do it all yourself. Telling an end-to-end developer that he shouldn’t do it all turns out to be in conflict with human nature and business. Often these are developers who are trying to please, and looking to be the “go-to guy”.

Regardless, the web is changing, thick clients are becoming more common, and front end technology is getting more complex. It’s harder to be a generalist, and it’s time to start thinking about specialists.

See the presentation here.

The New Dojo HTML5 Multi-File Uploader

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Dojox UploaderThe latest Dojo download, version 1.6, has just been released. Included is a completely new, HTML5 multi-file uploader, a widget that creates a stylable file-input button, with optional multi-file selection, using only HTML elements. Non-HTML5 browsers have fallback options of Flash or an iframe.

The dojox.form.Uploader is an improvement upon, and replaces the dojox.form.FileUploader. The various problems created by Flash are avoided because it is not used in Mozilla and Webkit browsers. Support for FileUploader will cease as of 1.6, but the code will remain until 2.0 for backwards compatibility.
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Presentation: How to get a Job as a Front End Developer

Monday, December 6th, 2010

I’m posting my presentation from last month’s meeting on how to get a job in the industry. This was a very thought-out presentation, as I felt a need to answer several questions that gets asked of me often – the most predominant of which was “How do I get started?”. This is not a tutorial on how to learn JavaScript, but more of a step by step process in what you should learn and where, and how you would then apply that knowledge to a career or even just side work.

  • Skills and subsets needed to be hirable
  • How and where to learn FED Skills
  • Job search preparation
  • Where to find job openings
  • How to write a resume
  • How to be a good interview

Much of this information applies to other fields as well (though if you’re not interested in Ajax, I’m not sure that you are reading this blog!). How to write a resume in particular has some insights that I’m guessing, based on some of the resumes that I’ve seen, may be of value to a lot of people.

View the presentation.

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

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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Apple Responds to Adobe Hearting Them

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Adobe hearts Choice.

Adobe hearts open markets.

Adobe hearts Apple.

And what about Apple?

Freaking brilliant. Credit goes to Zeldman.com.

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.

Presentation: The History of HTML5

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Now available is my presentation from Tuesday’s meeting, The History of HTML5. The idea of this was actually born out of research into the battle over Flash between Apple and Adobe. It turns out that if you look at the overall timeline of HTML and what the browsers have gone through in regard to competition and standards bodies, you’d have a better understanding as to why Apple is acting as they are.

The presentation is available here. It’s one of my more colorful ones. Enjoy!

NEWS FLASH: No Flash on the iPad!

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

So the iPad hits the stores tomorrow and horror or horrors – it doesn’t support Flash. As an AJAX developer, I’m actually rather happy about this, and from an entertainment point of view, am enjoying the over-the-top barbs that Steve Jobs has thrown at Adobe (not to mention Google). But in all of the uproar over there not being Flash on the iPhone or iPad… has anyone even noticed that there is no Silverlight or JavaFX, not to mention Java? Where’s the love! Not that there hasn’t been enough opinions on why there’s no plugins on the iPhone or iPad, but I do have a few thoughts on the subject.

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The History of RIA Technologies

Monday, March 29th, 2010

The HTML5 specification includes more than just new tag markup; it also includes features such as input widgets, canvas, SVG, video, and audio – all powered by JavaScript. HTML5 is hot and being touted as the language du jour for building web applications. You can’t read the tech news stories today without seeing HTML5 discussed – in spite of the fact that the most popular browser doesn’t even support it.  But the RIA technologies have been around longer than HTML5 – in fact, RIAs technically don’t even include JavaScript or AJAX, and instead refer to Flash, Java and Silverlight. So how did HTML5 become become such a hot trend? We’ll get into HTML5 in a future post; first, let’s go into a little history of RIAs.

Timeline of RIAs

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