Recap on 2012

31st December 2012 • No Comments

What a year 2012 has been! Especially in the web space. I feel privileged to be working in the web space at this time. We’re sitting on the cusp of the web coming out of its teenage years and becoming an adult.

Technology

HTML5 & CSS3 have proven they have what it takes to create and manipulate your on screen elements in anyway you wish. WebGL is coming through to allow high speed 3D rendering in the browser. Flash is well and truly dead as I predicted back in 2010 much to the dislike of many flash developers. The great Flash developers have started to move to HTML5 technologies, I’m sure many Flash developers will stick with the Flash software and export out as HTML5 though.

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CSS3, made easy.

12th August 2012 • 2 Comments

Okay, so I’m guilty of not updating my blog for about a year, but it’s okay, I’ve got a helpful update for you today!

Last year I showed you all how to start using CSS3 today. A year later more browsers are supporting more CSS3 properties and with IE 10 on the horizon we will likely have all the browsers supporting a lot of key CSS3 properties such as transitions and animations.

That’s all positive, but the problem is different browser versions require the prefix, newer versions don’t. This is quite annoying to keep up with and write code for. There are a stack of CSS3 generators out there, the problem is when I’m writing code I know what properties I need and want to quickly stack them together and copy them into my stylesheet. A year and a half ago I built createcss3.com which was a CSS3 generator. Back then it was simple, it just supported a basic top to bottom gradient, border radius and outer box shadow for Firefox and Webkit.

I have had a few people in my ear telling me to update it recently so I gathered all the knowledge I have learned over the past 18 months and put that into what I believe is now the best CSS3 generator out there at the moment.

Let’s take a look at why it’s so good!

CreateCSS3.com

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First look at Google Chrome Alpha for Mac

28th October 2009 • 1 Comment

I managed to get my hands on the long awaited alpha version of Google Chrome for Mac last week and have now taken it for a serious test drive. Although the browser is far from being ready for Beta, it is looking like it will hurt Safari and Firefox by combining the best features of each of them.

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Why does Microsoft refuse to listen to it’s consumers?

26th August 2009 • 1 Comment

Okay, I’m probably not the best person to talk on behalf ¬†of Microsoft’s consumers as I don’t actually touch anything Microsoft apart from Internet Explorer to test sites in. The reason I’m not is because of this same question that remains unanswered. Why won’t they listen to consumers? In particular web developers: Why does Outlook not support all CSS and why doesn’t IE follow W3C standards?

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Is it time we test our sites in safari on the iPhone?

28th October 2008 • No Comments

The iPhone is easily the fastest selling mobile device around at the moment. Not only that but browsing on the iPhone has revolutionized browsing the web via mobile devices. With 6.9 million iPhones being sold in the last quarter alone, there is no doubt that it is highly possible that some of those eyes may find there way to your site via the iPhone. So is it time to start testing sites on the iPhone?

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Javascript benchmarking, who to believe?

21st October 2008 • No Comments

There is no shortage of Javascript Benchmark tests out there. Yet lately, it’s started to get a bit shaky on which browser is faster than the other, and some results don’t seem to match real life use. The only thing anyone can agree on is that Internet Explorer is the worst. So what do we believe?

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Opera, the new old guy on the block.

9th October 2008 • No Comments

Opera has always been that browser that some people love, some people have never heard of and everyone else hates. It’s always been there, but never really been a player amongst the big boys. It’s always been missing a few important Javascript calls, been fairly ugly to look at, and never as refined as a lot of the other browsers. Version 9.6 shows potential of all that turning around.

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