Issue #6 - September 28, 2011
This week's big news is the release of Firefox 7, although given the new rapid release schedule, it might not be as significant as it once was. Nonetheless, the world of Web browsers and browser technologies isn't slowing down and 'HTML5' continues to be cropping up everywhere. Long may it last!
News and Latest Developments
Mozilla has released Firefox 7 and it now uses significantly less memory than Firefox 6 and is more responsive.
appMobi has built supposedly the world's first integrated HTML5 game development and deployment environment. There's a free version available to try but, essentially, it's a commercial product. Looks interesting enough though.
Mulberry is a forthcoming framework for Web developers to build rich native mobile applications. It's built on top of the popular PhoneGap framework which supports iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and others. It looks promising.
GTK+ is a cross-platform toolkit for creating GUIs and GUI-based apps. An interesting new addition is the 'Broadway' backend which renders GTK-based apps in HTML5-capable browsers. It's experimental but pretty exciting.
Articles and Tutorials
As Web games grow in size, asset management becomes a sticking point. Boris Smus looks at some of the issues involved with using AppCache and designing a game asset loader.
Paul Irish looks at the problem with increasing versions of Web browsers and Microsoft's policy of maintaining older versions for 10+ years. How could you need to support 72 versions of IE at once? Paul explains it all.
At LifeHacker, Whitson Gordon has been doing some speed tests using the latest browsers. Curiously, Opera 11 does best with Chrome 14 way back in 4th place..
Patrick McManus is working on implementing Google's SPDY protocol in Firefox and shares what he likes about the protocol.
onGameStart was an HTML5 game dev conference that took place in Poland last week. Phil Leggetter takes a look back at what happened and links to talk summaries for each day of the conference.
Code and Libraries
'Pulse' is a simple but effective 'pulsing' element effect. It's all done in CSS using CSS3 specific features like CSS animation and transforms, so it degrades well.
Crazy title for some crazy effects. It's a tongue-in-cheek page with some pretty far out text-shadow effects, built using Sass functions.
Over at the Speckyboy blog, Paul Andrew has collected together some info on HTML5-based blank / naked / starter themes for the popular WordPress blogging system.
jsprobes is cross-platform, portable, and flexible browser instrumentation framework. It follows the event-driven idiom common to DTrace and many browser components: certain locations in the code (“probe points”), when executed, can run custom bits of instrumentation.
Volkswagen has put together a pretty far out HTML5-driven site packed with interesting effects and contest, digging into their all-new new new Beetle.