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Submission + - 7 Apps Making The Most of HTML5 (infoworld.com) 1

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner offers a look at how seven powerful apps are implementing the HTML5 vision and how one high-profile detractor lost its love for the Web's next big thing. 'All provide insights on how to make the most of HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS, while avoiding the hard truths of relying on Web technologies to deliver your treasured app to your users.'"
Programming

Submission + - The Long Death Of Fat Clients (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "With Adobe's divestment of Flex and mobile Flash and Microsoft's move from Silverlight to Metro, Oracle now seems all alone in believing that a fat client framework — in the form of JavaFX — is a worthwhile investment, writes Andrew Oliver. 'Fewer and fewer options exist for developing purely fat client desktop applications and fewer still for RAD applications with Web-based delivery (aka, "thick clients"). We are on the verge of a purely HTML/JavaScript client world. Or we would be, if it weren't for mobile pushing us back to client-side development.'"
Programming

Submission + - JavaScript Tools For The HTML5 Generation (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner offers an overview of three dozen JavaScript libraries tuned for mobile devices, Canvas-based animation, HTML5 video, local databases, server interaction, and more. From game engines, to video libraries, to data visualization tools, to server-side processing, a number of these libraries offer newer features or different ways of thinking about life in the browser, Wayner writes. 'The new features under the umbrella of HTML5 are both a blessing and a curse for any JavaScript programmer. They offer so many tantalizing new methods, but they're not all supported by all browsers.'"
Programming

Submission + - First Look: Adobe Edge (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Neil McAllister provides a first look at Adobe Edge, a JavaScript-based animation tool that he finds rough around the edges, but one that shows considerable promise. 'The company has long viewed Flash and HTML as complementary technologies, rather than rivals. In Flash Professional, Adobe already has a mature model of how a Web multimedia design tool should look and feel. Adobe Edge, a new product that's available now as a time-limited free download, extends that model to allow you to develop animated content in pure HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. As a preview release, it's still rough around the edges, but it shows a lot of promise.'"
Programming

Submission + - 11 Hard Truths About HTML5 (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner discusses the 11 hard truths Web developers must accept in making the most of HTML5 — especially those who are looking to leverage HTML5 in hopes of unseating native apps. 'The truth is, despite its powerful capabilities, HTML5 isn't the solution for every problem. Its additional features are compelling and will help make Web apps formidable competitors for native apps, but security issues, limitations of local data storage, synchonization challenges, and politics should have us all scaling back our expectations for the spec.'"
Programming

Submission + - 10 Apps Pushing HTML5 To The Limit (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes a look at 10 projects that are putting the potential of HTML5 on promising display, each of which shows how HTML5 breathes new life into Web applications, hinting at major shifts in programming to come. 'Smart designers see HTML5 as a way to create a single design out of basic tags and CSS directives that works well on many different machines and on many different screen real estates. It's never perfect, of course, but it's easier than writing Java for the Android phone, Objective-C for iOS, and an entirely different Objective-C for Mac desktops. Can HTML5 help the Web supplant native code? Only time will tell.'"
IT

Submission + - Battle of the Web Browsers (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner provides an in-depth comparison of the latest leading Web browsers, vetting Chrome 10, Firefox 4, IE 9, Safari 5, and Opera 11.1 for speed, HTML5 support, plug-ins, developer tools, and more. 'Is there a best choice? No, and choosing is harder than ever. The teams are adept at copying each other's best features, and the competition must be brutal. For us users, though, the torture is like trying to pick one chocolate from a sampler. The browsers don't come with calories, so we can choose all five and use them for different tasks. It won't make you fat, but it may consume all of your RAM.'"
Google

Submission + - What the Demise of Google Gears Says About HTML5 (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister sees Google's discontinuation of Gears as a victory for open Web standards — and a significant challenge to the W3C's recent decision to treat HTML as a 'living standard.' 'It's tempting to interpret Gears' demise as a failure for Google, but that wouldn't be quite right. Rather, the decision to discontinue Gears ... offers telling insight into the ongoing HTML standardization process,' McAllister writes, adding that Google's transition from Gears to HTML5 'will be an important test of the most significant revision to Web standards since 2001. Recently YouTube — a Google subsidiary — experimented with transitioning its streaming video service from Flash to HTML5, but relented when it determined that the Web standards-based approach would not be compatible with a broad enough range of clients.'"
Programming

Submission + - Flash-to-HTML5 Translator: Smart But Not Pretty (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister takes a first look at Wallaby, Adobe's experimental tool for transforming Flash content into HTML5, and finds the tool an interesting idea with little yet to offer. 'Wallaby engineers have made sound decisions in designing the tool, but what you actually get when you convert a Flash project to HTML5 is extremely limited,' McAllister writes, in large part because many Flash features are not supported, leaving developers to add their own interactivity with jQuery. 'The question is whether there's enough of a market for such a tool to justify developing it to shipping quality, or is the trend toward HTML5 and away from plug-in-based content too strong to generate much interest?'"
Programming

Submission + - In-Depth Look at HTML5 (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner offers a four-part series devoted to the new features of HTML5. Each articles examines the evolving spec in-depth, focusing on canvas, video, audio, and graphics for display options, including the <canvas> and <video> tags, Scalable Vector Graphics, and WebGL; local data storage, including Web Storage, Web Database, and other APIs designed to transform Web pages into local applications; data communications, for cross-document messaging, WebSockets, and other HTML5 APIs that improve website and browser interactivity; and forms, for increasing control over data input and validation."

Submission + - In-Depth Look at HTML5 Data APIs (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes an in-depth look at how HTML5's data communications functionality is helping create a faster, richer Web. Cross-document messaging, WebSockets, and other HTML5 APIs are bolstering website and browser interactivity, Wayner writes, as part of his series, which includes discussion of HTML5's presentation and data storage capabilities. 'All of these ideas for richer communications among websites and browsers should be both familiar and attractive to both developers and the ISPs. They reduce the need for extraneous message passing, and this alone should help cut down on some of the traffic on the Internet. However, the question of security still lingers. The browser teams already shut down the WebSockets feature after some smart scientists found a sophisticated way to abuse it. The ideas may seem simple, but the implementations may have mistakes.'

Submission + - In-Depth Look at HTML5 Data Storage (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes an in-depth look at HTML5's data storage capabilities, providing insights and caveats for HTML5 Web Storage, Web Database, FileReader, FileWriter, and AppCaching APIs. 'There is no conclusion to this section of APIs. We're not even far into the beginning of the beginning of what local persistence will do to the Web. There are many, many edge conditions to work out regarding who gets access to the data, how much data will be stored, and how long the data will live,' Wayner writes. 'Apart from the sessionStorage and localStorage objects, which all of the current leading browsers implement to some extent, browser support for the other APIs discussed here is sketchy.'"
Programming

Submission + - HTML5 in Browsers: Canvas, Video, Audio, Graphics (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner launches the first in a series of articles on browser implementations of HTML5 capabilities. Focusing this round on the presentation layer, Wayner provides an overview of how Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera, and Safari stand on HTML5 canvas, HTML5 audio and video, SVG, and WebGL, providing developers with tips, samples, and resources for making the most of today's HTML5 presentation layer technologies on today's browsers."
IT

Submission + - How to Use HTML5 Today (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Dori Smith offers developers a hands-on guide to using HTML5 today. 'Many of the media reports about HTML5 have focused on the politics, the "not until 2022" sound bite, or on HTML5's prospects as a "Flash killer." The reality of HTML5 is simply that it's the long-needed and long-overdue update to HTML4 — and you can start to implement it today,' Smith writes. Video, semantic tags, smart form input validation — Smith steps through several HTML5 features that can already be implemented, while noting several other presentation features that will soon on their way. Smith also discusses IE work-arounds, such as HTML 5 Shiv and Google Chrome Frame."
IT

Submission + - How HTML5 Will Change the Web (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner looks beyond the codec and plug-in wars to examine nine areas where HTML5 will have a significant impact on Web development. From enabling more interactive graphics, to tapping local file storage, to geolocation, HTML5 is rife with rich capabilities — and may even improve our ability to secure applications delivered via the Web, Wayner writes. But the most important impact of HTML5 will be its ability to simplify Web development itself: 'HTML5 offers one language (JavaScript), one data model (XML and DOM), and one set of layout rules (CSS) to bind text, audio, video, and graphics. The challenge of making something beautiful is still immense, but it's simpler to work with a unified standard.'"

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