Issue #50 - August 15, 2012
From today, Flash for Android will be gone from the Google Play store meaning any Android device without Flash already will be unable to download it. Adobe is now putting more effort into investigating HTML5-based approaches.
A single day developer conference focused on building the next generation of the web. Includes speakers from Twitter, Opera, and the BBC.
CSS Masking describes how to use another graphical element or image as a lumniance or alpha mask for another. Lea Verou noted that it specs out 'SVG masks for HTML content and [is] an attempt to standardize -webkit-mask'.
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A networked multiplayer 3rd-person shooter built in two weeks as a technology demo. Give it a go or enjoy Dave Evans' explanation of how it was built. It uses many of the latest HTML5 and browser APIs including the Web Audio API, Pointer Lock API and Gamepad API.
The latest roundup of HTML5 questions and answers from the HTML5 Doctor, including putting text on a canvas, choosing the best tags to use, and marking up a price.
A step by step guide to creating a Netflix Movie Explorer Metro app for Windows 8 using WinJS, HTML5, and Visual Studio 12. It seems Windows 8 will prove an interesting platform for HTML5 developers.
Over at the Adobe Developer Connection, Kendo UI's Burke Holland shows us how to use Kendo UI Mobile, a framework for building native-looking HTML5 apps. It works particularly well with PhoneGap.
Peter Gasston shows off several of 'the best of the new boring bits in CSS' including relative size units, viewport relative lengths, calculated values, and new pseudo classes.
Chrome's packaged application platform will help apps break out of the browser, work offline by default, and have richer, more immersive experiences. Google presents an update of progress and unveils added support in developer builds of Chrome.
Arend Naylor of Meetings.io gives a quick, high level explanation of WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) and some examples of how it will enrich the Web.
Nothing deep but Ian Webster provides some handy links if you're in the same boat.
Firefox's new debugger lets you connect Firefox Desktop to Firefox on Android so that you can use your roomy desktop monitor to troubleshoot code running on your mobile device.
Mozilla surveyed 590 developers on what platforms they're targeting, what visual editors they use, and whether or not they target Webkit browsers only on mobile.
Code and Libraries
An easy-to-use jQuery plugin that allows you to create canvases upon which visitors can draw.
Randomly moving invisible particles connected with colored lines produces a cool effect. View the code or play a walkthrough of its development.
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An attractive interactive visualization of the world's small arms and ammunition trade.
Last but not least..
An interesting walkthrough of some Web design and CSS history, in both written and screencast formats.