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iOS Applications with HTML5 and CSS3 {9}

iOS Applications with HTML5 and CSS3

Today, mobile application (app) development has become one of the most popular trends in software development as we emerge ourselves into an on the go, handheld device era. “A few short years ago, most mobile devices were, for want of a better word, ‘dumb’” (Charland & LeRoux, 2011). Now, mobile devices have advanced so much that it can take away much of a person’s daily usage of a desktop or laptop. “Mobile apps are currently evolving very rapidly but generally are targeted at a specific task, run on a mobile device, make heavy use of the data network, and have a simple delivery mechanism (i.e., Google Play Store or Apple Store)” (Tracy, 2012). Mobile applications can be used in a variety of operating systems such as the iOS, Android, Blackberry OS, Windows Phone, and much more. To develop a mobile application, a basic knowledge of one or more programming languages is needed. This blog will focus primarily on the development of iOS applications using HTML5 and CSS3. Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are the core components in web development that have evolved tremendously over the past years. “Web design is becoming more sophisticated, with new browser techniques and design principles, including fluid grids, flexible images and media queries, making it possible to deliver a quality experience to users no matter how large (or small) their display” (Reyna 2012). The latest versions of the previously mention web development languages are HTML5 and CSS3. With the launch of HTML5 and CSS3, these two languages have opened a new form of computing: the ability to create iOS applications using HTML5 and CSS3 in native and web applications.

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Visual Basics {Comments Off on Visual Basics}

The article I read today was actually really interesting it basically went over visual basics and how it actually got started. Visual basics was created by Microsoft by John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz. It was a program that was a great design and one that really tied Microsoft up into the computers. It was a program that  was created to make writing programs easier for users. It was one of the most widely used softwares at one point. Microsoft has been moving to a more powerful software that was redesigned and created in 2005 it is the .net. It may be one of Microsofts mistakes because they are forcing users that are so prone to using their old software to change and learn the .net program because they are no longer going to support the old one. Users are beginning to either switch over to the .net while other users are switching to different companies because if they have to adapt to change they might as well learn something new. The cool thing about visual basic is it allows users to build what they want and draw which the part of why it is called visual. Some people say that visual basic helps people that cannot program but that is not true because if you can program this tool can help make your programs that much better because it can help you out while you program. Visual basics is object oriented and also allows for inheritance with the .net version. Prior versions did not support that.

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Adobe’s New Creative Cloud Service {3}

In his article “Adobe Delivers Creative Cloud and Muse for Easy Website Creation,” Daniel Robinson talks about Adobe’s new Creative Cloud service, along with the Muse tool. The Creative Cloud is used to view, access, and share creative files from any internet-connected device. It also provides storage and sharing of information within desktops, mobile devices, and the cloud. In addition, the Creative Cloud consists of a Muse tool that allows users to create and design their own websites without having to deal with any codes. The Muse tool is said to help users focus on designing their websites rather than dealing with the whole ‘plumbing’. With the Muse tool, users are able to easily plan and publish their websites without any hassle. In addition, the Adobe Muse tool allows users to preview and test their websites before publishing, or temporarily publish them to share with others, such as clients and companies.

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Adobe Dreamweaver Upgrades and New Features CS6 {5}

This week I read an article about Adobe Dreamweaver. Adobe has upgraded its version of Dreamweaver and has come out with Dreamweaver CS6. It is said that this version is an essential upgrade for anyone web developing professional who wants to build WebPages or applications that can automatically adapt when viewed in different browsers on a phone, tablet, or a computer. So, some of the new features that come with Dreamweaver CS6 is the fluid grid layouts, which lets the user specify exactly how the page elements will be arranged when the site is displayed on a small-screen like a phone or a tablet PC, or on a full screen computer. Also this version created a built-in support for a PhoneGap build, which is an open source platform that makes it easy to create a single web-based app that runs on multiple phone platforms. Another improvement to the software is the preview of the code they call “Live.” It shows a multi-screen shot of what your website will look like at the different platforms, for example your mobile phone, desktop, and your tablet PC.

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Adobe’s CSS Shaders {2}

As HTML advances forward, Adobe is working on creating Adobe CSS Shaders. Currently still in draft, it would allow developers to develop in more of a rich, cinematic filter effects to HTML. Some effect examples are waves, ripples, warps, swipes, etc. CSS Shaders is similar to WebGL shaders, however WebGL is only for HTML5. With CSS Shaders, it will work on any version of HTML. Unfortunately, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 does not allow any form of filter effects with shaders, and if CSS Shaders gets approved, Microsoft will have to make some changes.

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CSS helpful more ways than one! {3}

Adobe aims to implement magazines style to the Web with CSS (cascading style sheet) extension that adds new features to a person’s webpage. WebPages have a lot of features that you see in different types of magazines, but most WebPages need Flash to achieve the different kinds of features that CSS gives us.  Adobe is trying to makes things a little less hassle with a new extension that is currently proposing to the W3C. W3C is a validation check for the World Wide Web.  The article also talks about CSS Regions, the proposed additions from Adobe to the W3C  module. Some of the highlights of CSS include Story threading, region styling, content shapes and exclusions, and etc.  Region styling will apply size and color modes and other design elements to text depending on where it appears in the story. Some testers have already pointed out that CC Regions mixes too much layout detail among the code structure, but Adobe admits it is a work in progress and is looking to improve the product as it develops.

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Adobe’s CSS Regions {1}

A year ago, at Google’s I/O conference, Adobe made a bit of its own noise in the Web standards world by releasing CSS Regions. CSS Regions is an extension to the language used by Web developers to describe Web pages’ appearance. The technology was released as a prototype of the WebKit Web browser rendering engine, which powers Google Chrome and Apple Safari. “What Regions does is to make text on Web pages look more like it does on a well-presented publication – wrapping around images, for example, and filling from one text area to another…” (Muchmore 2011). The CSS Regions extension allows users to create a text flow between disparate regions, where they can see the technology in action. Text can also be formatted based on which region it enters. Adobe has submitted CSS Regions to the W3C hoping that once adopted by the Web standards body, the CSS extensions will be implemented in all browsers.

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The New Web HTML5 {2}

A summary of what I read this week was a journal about HTML 5. HTML 5 is not a accepted by the World Wide Web Consortium. It is being approved by many companies becuase many people know that HTML 5 is going to be the future of the web. Today we see sites that are actually haveing to format and make two sites one that is made more mobile phones while the other one is formatted for computers. If HTML 5 comes out and is accepted it will help developers because there will only have to be one page developed and it will be written with html5. The things that are changing with html 5 is cascading style sheets. HTML 5 will help developers with animation, video, and other multimedia elemenys into websites without using software such as Flash. Flash has been critized by Apple from Steve Jobs because Flash has to much power and that is how computers are getting viruses. So with HTML 5 in place Flash may becomce obsolete unless Adobe can jump on the bandwagon and work with developers of HTML5.

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Adobe Straddles the Fence {3}

While adobe says it will contribute to HTML 5 it will still continue it will continue to support flash. Adobe has pledged it support to continue to support the up and coming HTML5 and Adobe Flash, this announcement was made at their Max 2011 conference. Adobe has been contributing to HTML5 with bodies like the World Wide Web Consortium by adding to the HTML5 webkit. Other Adobe contributions include the Cascade Style Sheet regions which control the flow of the web page and allow for region layouts for WebPages. Another Adobe contribution is the CSS Shader that is based on their Pixel Bender. For the most part they have a great wealth of knowledge and experience they are able to contribute to HTML 5, “”We’ve been able to advance Flash and gather learnings from Flash Player being available on 98 percent of computers, and then take those learnings and bring them back into HTML and into the standards…. And Pixel Bender is a great example of where we’ve already done that –where we had a pioneering technology in Flash, and we leveraged the learnings that we got and used that as the basis for the work that we contributed to the W3C for CSS Shaders…” (Taft 2011) While it is actively working to make HTML5 a success it is also tending shop at home with Flash. With the release of Flash Player 11, and AIR3 they hope that it may encourage a surge in next gen apps for gaming. They are really trying to carve a niche for themselves with the immersive 3d gaming features they are pushing. “Adobe invited developers to experience 3D games with Flash Player. As the game console for the Web, Flash Player 11, along with AIR 3, allows game publishers to instantly deliver console-quality, immersive 3D games with the broadest reach. Stage3D APIs make it possible to deliver sophisticated, high-performance 3D experiences across almost every computer and device connected to the Internet with hardware-accelerated, GPU-powered performance.” (Taft 2011) It would seem Adobe is not quite ready to quit on Flash.

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GoLive CS2 another branch in the great tree that is Adobe. {1}

GoLive CS2 addresses one of the key hindrances of CSS, it’s hard to learn, and trying to add CSS to existing sites is even harder. GoLive CS2 provides users with multiple preformatted CSS templates that are just a mouse click away. GoLive CS2 allows users to import existing content to rebuild an older website that did not have any CSS implemented. Some of features listed is the ability to drag and drop styles, such as fixed columns or scaling columns that can be combined in one page. It also has a view that shows the current styles and the CSS code that goes with it beneath it. Some con’s, it does not integrate well with other Adobe products, it lacks the proper tools to do so in it’s current state. GoLive CS2 also allows for mobile webpage creation and comes with built in phone emulators to see how your page will be displayed.

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