Issue #42 - June 20, 2012
News and Latest Developments
Can't vouch for the book as I haven't read it but given there are so few WebGL focused books out, it's great to see this release from Packt by authors Diego Cantor and Brandon Jones. The writeup certainly sounds good.
Mozilla is exploring what's possible on the iPad for its browser technology and has showed off 'Junior', a prototype of Mozilla's take on a mobile browser for iOS.
Joe Walker of Mozilla shows off a new feature in Firefox Nightly, a new toolbar that includes a 'command line' for accessing small tools and experimental features in the browser and developer tools.
nginx is a popular, high performance HTTP server and proxy and it now has beta support for SPDY Draft 2, Google's experimental networking protocol designed to make Web pages load faster.
W3CLove is a paid service that offers 'site-wide markup validation' and they've release an interesting roundup of the 100 most common markup validation errors found on 465,804 pages they've scanned.
Google's Ilya Grigorik looks at two myths relating to CSS performance: 'All stylesheets block rendering' and 'CSS is always in the critical path'
Brian Rinaldi shows how Adobe's new 'Shadow' tool can help ease the complex workflow of testing mobile sites across multiple Android and iOS devices.
Terry Ryan discusses what semantic HTML is, including new semantic HTML5 tags, as well as when and why you would want to use it.
At Front Trends 2012, Tali Garsiel gave a technical talk about the intricacies of browsers' internal operations. What exactly happens after you enter a URL up until you see the page? Find out in 30 minutes.
Stuart Memo presents a short 3 minute screencast showing how to create audio in the browser using various types of waves using the Web Audio API. There's also a link to an article with a JSFiddle so you can play right away.
Mozilla's Product Design Strategy team shows us what they've been working on lately in a 50 minute presentation. The projects include Junior, Search Tabs, and Presence.
Code and Libraries
A rather attractive HTML5 and CSS3-based Web template, and can't argue for the price.
Mobello claims to be a 'scalable and robust framework' suited for fast and rich user interface development of 'native-like' HTML5 apps for smartphones and tablets.
Some interesting CSS3 and jQuery powered effects on thumbnail images. Hover over the image and get crinkle, curl, bulge, and similar visual responses.
An ever-growing set of demos of the latest open Web standards and technologies from the Opera developer relations team.
Crytek (creator of Far Cry and Crysis) is seeking an experienced UI Engineer passionate about building HTML5 based web applications and components for GFACE. This is a full time position in Germany.
Last but not least..
Write and edit HTML and CSS in your browser, instantly preview your work, and host and share pages with a click. It's Mozilla's latest Web tool effort.