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February 29, 2012
News and Latest Developments
Opera Mobile 12 and Opera Mini Next: Android Gets WebGL!
Opera has released two new versions of its mobile browser today, Opera Mobile 12 for Android and Symbian which adds WebGL support for Android, and Opera Mini Next, a preview/edge version of the lighter browser for Symbian, Blackberry and J2ME.
Game Closure Turns Down Facebook to Raise $12M for HTML5 Mobile Gaming Game Closure provides a JavaScript gaming SDK that runs on Android, iPhone, and within Facebook. And it seems investors are seeing such huge value in HTML5 game development they've put $12m into the company.
The Current Status of Mozilla's 'Boot to Gecko'
Mozilla is working on Boot to Gecko (B2G), a browser-oriented operating system for the open Web where apps rely on HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS for their operation and presentation. Telefonica, Deutsche Telecom and Adobe have announced their interest in the platform.
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Getting Started With the 'Track' Element The track element provides a simple, standardized way to add subtitles, captions, screen reader descriptions and chapters to video and audio. It's currently supported in IE 10 and Chrome 18 but will become more significant over time.
About normalize.css: Normalize vs Reset Nicolas Gallagher digs into normalize.css, a modern, HTML5-ready, alternative to the traditional CSS reset.
The Mobile Web API Evolution at Mozilla JavaScript's creator Brendan Eich riffs on Mozilla's ever growing Web and Device API standards work while reflecting on the contributions Mozillians have made to mobile Web APIs.
CSS Tip: Faking randomization with nth-child
WebSockets Versus REST? An analysis of the idea of using WebSockets for always-on, low latency, full duplex communication between client side JavaScript and app servers, versus making multiple HTTP rests to a RESTful API.
Elijah Manor pokes around some of the latest Chrome dev tools
PSA: DOM Local Storage Considered Harmful Mozilla's Taras Glek points out some problems with the wholesale rush to using the Local Storage API. He says if you want to cache reliably, keep relying on the browser cache.
Building Your First Kendo UI Mobile PhoneGap Application
The New Adobe Roadmaps for Flash, AIR and Flex InfoQ distills the new roadmaps for Adobe's Flash, AIR, and Flex technologies. No big surprises but Adobe is encouraging mobile developers to move from Flash to AIR where possible.
A List of Real-Time Web Technology Services An extensive 'work in progress' listing hosted realtime services, self hosted realtime services, and WebSocket client libraries.
Tools
Tumult Hype 1.5 Released (HTML5 Animation IDE) Tumult Hype is a popular (but commercial) keyframe-based animation tool that targets HTML5 and is an ideal way to produce Web based animations while avoiding Flash. Version 1.5 adds support for producing iBooks Author widgets, a new animation interface, improved OS X Lion support, and more.
Scirra's Graphics Driver Updater Utility With a big toe in the world of HTML5 gaming, Scirra has a powerful motivation for users to be running the best graphic drivers possible, so they've produced a tool that will help users upgrade their graphics drivers. It's BSD licensed and they encourage you to package it with your own games.
Picozu: HTML5-powered Online Graphics Editor
Last but not least..
HTML5: Edition for Web Authors Here's your bedtime reading for the next decade.. the W3C presents a handy subset of the HTML5 specification aimed at Web developers and authors rather than browser implementers.
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