Posts Tagged ‘iPad’

HTML5 Video Mysteries Explained

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

There can be a cloud of mystery surrounding new technologies. HTML5 Video is especially problematic since it is not just one technology, there are multiple codecs and file formats. When is a good time to adopt? Is it possible that you can adopt too late or too soon?

In this IBM developerWorks article, I show the progression of the early days of the Internet and choppy, “cross your fingers and hope it works” digital video to its current state of the browser vendors attempting to reclaim native video from the Adobe Flash plugin.

The idea behind HTML5 Video was simplicity… but the current result is not so simple. This article defines some of the difficult video terminology to make it easier to understand how it works, so that you can look at today’s fragmented situation and still make the best decisions for you or your company.

I’m also quite honored to have had my blog voted as best article of the week, and displayed prominently on the Web Development front page.

Article: Introduction to HTML5 Video

You may also be interested in the video and the presentation upon which this article was based.

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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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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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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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.

Adobe Gives Up

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

According to ComputerWorld, Apple has made even further moves to prevent Flash from appearing on the iPhone or iPad:

Apple changed the language of its newest iPhone software developers kit (SDK) license to ban developers from using cross-platform compilers, tools that let them write in one framework, say JavaScript or .Net, and then recompile it in native code for another platform, like the iPhone.

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The iPad – A New Future in Business Begins…

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

The prediction of the iPad has been around at least since the days of Star Trek. As Captain Kirk explored the final frontier solving intergalactic problems, he ever so effortlessly completed his paperwork. But it’s the future, where there is no paperwork. The yeoman hands Captain Kirk an electronic slate, complete with electronic pen at the top. Kirk signs the log almost subconsciously so he can get back to torpedoing Klingons into space dust.

The iPad - A New Future in Business Begins...

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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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