Issue #36 - May 2, 2012
News and Latest Developments
Back in issue 25 (Feb 15), I ran a whole section on the 'Webkit prefix drama.' Now, .net magazine notes Opera "will imminently implement WebKit prefixes" on CSS due to the "large number of [mobile] websites designed exclusively for WebKit".
Appliness is an iPad and Android based magazine for front-end Web developers. Issue 2 is now out and includes articles about CSS Regions, drag and drop with jQuery UI, App-UI, and HTML5 multimedia components.
David Kaneda shares his (rather extensive) thoughts on the Opera news (above).
Raymond Camden shows how to use the HTML5 FileSystem API with an example that downloads a ZIP file, unzips it and caches the asset contents locally for quick access.
Andi Smith recently attended 'State of the Browser 2012', a one day event in London. Here, he shares some of what went on and the main topics of the day. There's an interesting diagram that shows how confusing the definition of 'HTML5' can be.
The first of a pair of posts digging into techniques for optimizing a game loop using the browser profiling tools in Firefox, Chrome and IE.
An interesting writeup and demo of using CSS to build a 'spinner' in the style of a pie chart.
Johnny Simpson has dug into the CSS3 'units' specifications and shows off some of the more unusual ones here, along with which browsers support them.
Web standards guru Lea Verou demonstrates how to implement 'scrolling shadows' in pure CSS using the little known 'background-attachment' CSS property.
Paul Irish (Modernizr, HTML5 Boilerplate) recently gave a talk, shared here, about improving productivity and reducing stress by having a good front-end toolchain for Web development tasks.
WebGL Camp Orlando was a WebGL-oriented event that took place in March and all 8 sessions can now be watched on YouTube. Topics include "The State of WebGL" through to "WebGL for Baby Brains: Neuroimaging in the Browser"!
AudioSpank is an audio only massively multiplayer online first person shooter. Using only sound effects, you will have to find the other players. It works in Firefox and Chrome only.
A demo of an HTML5-powered 'read along' mechanism with a Biblical text and an audio readthrough.
A multiplayer Gran Turismo-style (a bit of a stretch, but c'mon..!) game entirely in the browser. The multiplayer part didn't work for me but the graphics were impressive on their own to me.
Last but not least..
A forthcoming 3 day online conference focused on CSS3, Sass and related technologies. It costs money, but it's essentially a full on 3 day masterclass in all things CSS with some great speakers.