June 2007 Archives — Broken Links Archive

iPhone love is rather distasteful

I find all the fanboy attention being paid to the iPhone more than a little embarrassing. I mean, certainly it looks nice; but it’s just an object. A thing. Not something to fawn over to the degree we’ve seen today.


Bloglines moves backwards with Ajax

I’ve used Bloglines for a long time to organise the many (too many?) feeds I read daily. I’ve always been happy with it, resisting the charms of new kids on the block such as Google Reader, but recently there’ve been some changes I find have taken the service a few steps backwards.

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IE Alternatives to Firebug

Update: This is an old post and the information is a little out of date. Internet Explorer now comes with a very decent set of developer tools.

Firefox is very likely the browser of choice for many web developers, and with one very good reason: Firebug, which is, IMHO, hands-down the most important web development tool around. Seriously, if you haven’t tried Firebug, you’re probably wasting a lot of development time.

It’s so good, Yahoo! have created a full-time position just to develop it. I saw a little preview during Nate Koechley’s talk at @media 2007; they’ve built a plug-in architecture, of which the first is probably going to be a page load analyser. It’s an IDE in itself — and it’s a free plugin!

Now, my personal opinion of Internet Explorer aside, I do appreciate the effort their team is making to engage the development community. In a new blog post they’ve listed a series of development tools and plugins for developers, so if you’re in the unfortunate position of having to develop in IE (or, perhaps, you are just a bit weird and choose to do so), you can experience a small sample of the Firebug goodness. Doesn’t beat the real thing, though.


border-radius: Safari vs Mozilla

With the release of Safari 3, there are now two browsers with (browser-specific) implementations of border-radius; unfortunately, the two implementations are different. The problem is that there is an unresolved ambiguity in the CSS 3 working draft.

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Do Apple want a browser duopoly?

Here’s an interesting interpretation of Steve Jobs’ recent keynote speech, which certainly looks as if Apple want to take browser market share from independent browser makers rather than Microsoft.

If that interpretation’s correct, it’s sad that they think the internet would be better served by a duopoly than by giving users choice. But to be honest, I can’t see that happening.


HTML 5 changelist released

I was halfway through writing a long post about the fact that the W3C’s HTML Working Group have released a document listing the differences between HTML 4 and HTML 5 when I clicked a button I shouldn’t have clicked and lost the lot. Why doesn’t WordPress have automatic saving of drafts like Gmail does? Anyway, it’s late and I’m tired, so I won’t write it again.

In a nutshell: there are a ton of new elements to help with structural and semantic markup (hello <footer>, <header> and <nav>) , a lot of new attributes to aid in creating web applications, some elements have been dropped completely rather than deprecated (no more frames!), a load of new APIs for interactive and media content (drag & drop!) and a lot of official extensions for DOM programmers (getElementsByClassName() being the most obvious).

That was a very rushed introduction to the changes, but right now I’m a very grumpy developer. Best if you have a good read through yourself (there’s also a human-readable version of the full spec if you have more time), and I’ll update in more detail when I’ve calmed down a bit.

I do want to say congratulations to the HTMLWG for being more clear and open in their communications, however.


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I’ve updated my Speaking page to include more conferences, more videos, and a little on my speaking requirements and preferences. I’m planning to cut down on the number of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to interesting offers and opportunities, so please get in touch if you’re organising an event.

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