Issue #38 - May 16, 2012
News and Latest Developments
ColdFusion is a well established rapid webapp development system built by Adobe. Version 10 brings to the table the ability to easily create rich HTML5 applications without any prior HTML5 knowledge.
Michal Budzynski takes the covers off the latest run of onGameStart, an HTML5 gaming conference. Registration opens in June but there's already a game-driven conference site and Jordan Mechner, creator of Prince of Persia, will be giving a keynote. Sounds awesome!
On the Mozilla Hacks blog, Joe Stagner shows off the 'Mozilla Apps Native Install Experience', a new feature in the Firefox nightly channel. This functionality can install and give HTML5 apps a native launching experience on Windows and OS X.
A simple introduction to the both useful and popular SVG drawing and manipulation library.
The process behind the specification of the 'srcset' attribute hasn't gone entirely smoothly with members of a W3C community group tasked with finding a solution feeling slighted by WHATWG's move.
A typically excellent roundup from HTML5 Doctor.
An interactive demo of various CSS selectors applied to a generic piece of code. A downside is that only 10 general selectors are covered so far and it'd be great to see it extended to the full range.
An excellent mini-site by David DeSandro dedicated to CSS3's 3D transformations. I've picked an overview of a 3D 'cube' effect as a starting point but the whole site is great.
Chrome's developer tools have long had a feature to look at HTTP requests going over the wire, but the latest Chrome Canary also lets you look at live WebSocket traffic.
An 'assembler' for HTML5 applications that's agnostic to frameworks, libraries, templating languages and other backend technology. It has many uses, but it can do things like watch your files for changes and automatically wrap your scripts and templates in require.js modules, etc.
HTML5 Boilerplate is a popular, fully fledged boilerplate project but if you want something quick to get started with, HTML Shell provides an interesting lightweight alternative. Not without flaws, but it has its place.
Code and Libraries
A fascinating, highly visual demo from Google that walks through the processes involved when you hit 'Send' on an e-mail in GMail. All HTML5 powered and very striking.