JQuery Dominance in Websites {4}

by Robert L
JavaScript is a scripting language that allows Web authors to create dynamic pages that respond to user interaction. jQuery, built on top of JavaScript, can be used to create slide shows, drop-down menus, pop-ups and expandable/collapsible elements. jQuery has been the leading JavaScript library, by far, for a quite a while. read more...

Mobile Web Development {1}

by Han C
“Designing For The Future Web” talks about some of the most significant changes in web development and encompasses not just the artistic design but also the skills built around developing websites for mobile phone applications and how to integrate them from a modular sense. The article offers insight, tools, and other resources for developing a portable website but also discusses the technologies involved and their limitations. In addition, the author provides some basic rules of thought in building a portable website as well as offers some helpful HTML5 tutorial links. Furthermore, the article touches briefly about some prominent technologies including Flash, HTML5, and a bit about javascript, elaborating that Youtube, Netflix, and Gmail all have HTML5 versions of their websites that are designed for mobile experience. read more...

The New Web HTML5 {2}

by Michael M
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. read more...

HTML5: Still Not Ready Yet {2}

by Toan T
This article simply talks about how HTML5 is still not ready for mainstream yet. When HTML5 was first introduced, it was praised to have the most innovative elements that triumph over Flash and HTML4. It was known to for its capabilities to create media contents without the use of other proprietary technology. The problem with HTML5 is that it requires much more beefy hardware to run which flash and HTML4 still retain their advantage in this category. In addition, HTML4 is compatible with other programming languages such as Javascript and Python. It is also compatible with many different browsers currently available on the market. HTML5 was also told to be the new standard in mobile game development, unfortunately, it struggles to keep up with other technology as its benchmarks depict how it lag behind Java and C++ in term of framerates.  These disadvantages prove that HTML5 still does no meet the standards in web development. read more...

Adobe Straddles the Fence {3}

by Stephen O
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. read more...

The Script is on the wall… {Comments Off on The Script is on the wall…}

by Stephen O
It is easy to see by now that Flash will be dying off in the coming years, probably in no small effort by Apple denying adobe flash on their iOS devices. Even Adobe can see that Flash will be going the way of the Dodo; they have axed development of plug-ins for mobile devices like the BlackBerry Playbook and Android users. Adobe has really tried to push their mobile flash plug-ins, but with all the drawbacks mobile flash has outweighed the advantages, and in addition, users of iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPad users have been flash-less for a while now with no issues. Another issue that has come up is performance; mobile devices that have been running flash have been far below par. “From the start, PCWorld’s Ginny Mies was not impressed by Flash’s performance on Android since it was first released in 2010 on the Nexus One: some sites moved ‘painfully slow’ while she ‘tried playing a couple of beloved Flash games that aren’t optimized for mobile and was disappointed that I couldn’t play some of them without a keyboard.’” (Ionescu, 2011) and it’s not just on Android devices that flash is failing to perform, “Even on the BlackBerry PlayBook ‘Flash objects are often slow to load, and some would not function,’ wrote Galen Gurman for InfoWorld in April; ‘It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that Flash and mobile don’t mix.’” (Ionescu, 2011) Flash is hurting, as mentioned earlier Adobe has seen the writing on the wall, they know flash is on the way out. They have come out and have said they will be working on HTML 5, flash’s rival. In August of 2011, they released a demo of Edge, a tool that would allow people to create flash like images using HTML 5. Flash isn’t the only loser here, Microsoft’s Silverlight(their version of flash) will be dying off in the near future as Microsoft has admitted that HTML 5 will be the way of the future. read more...

Flash Lives–Thanks To Facebook and Games {4}

by Bach B
This week, i am going to blog about Flash, an almost-dead web technology, when its developer, Adobe, announced that they stopped developing Flash for mobile devices, and a more advanced web technology, HTML 5.0, has been introduced recently. However, while most websites developers starts moving on to HTML 5.0 or PHP, there are still many sites that have a large amount of Flash-only content. For example, Facebook, with over five hundred millions users all over the world, currently is one of the most popular websites that still uses Flash. Flash may be on its last legs, but it seems to be that Facebook is doing a great job to keep Adobe’s plug-in alive. read more...

Apple displays HTML5 Demos while taking shots at Flash {2}

by Stephen O

Apple displays HTML5 Demos while taking shots at Flash

By now, you probably have heard of HTML 5 in some way shape or form. You may not be familiar with what it can do though; apple is seeking to change this. Apple created a site back in 2010 to show case some of the features that HTML 5 brings to the table. The site has several demos that include the latest in greatest in Web Standards and cover a number of features: CSS3, JavaScript, and HTML 5. At the time of the article, you needed to run Safari 4, but since this article is a couple years old, it may be safe to say the latest Firefox and Google Chrome maybe able to view it. The site also features HTML’s Play capabilities, and allows you to adjusts the size and scale of the video while the video is streaming. Another demo lets you play with “Rich Typography,” letting one change the font, font color, move the text and easily change the scaling of the font using the Scalable Vector Graphics. There are demos for audio as well, one demonstrates the audio tag in HTML 5 and allows you to add audio to your website without needing plug-ins, simply add by using the audio tag. Other demos included imagine transitions, 360-degree rotations around an object, and VR Browsers. All these features using HTML 5, JavaScript, and CSS3. While showing off all the goodies they made a subtle shot at flash “Standards aren’t add-ons to the web. They are the web. And you can start using them today.” (Mulroy, 2010). Included here in this blog is a link to the site: http://www.apple.com/html5/ read more...

Adobe Overboard! {4}

by Caezar M

Adobe is not going down with its own ship, as the move towards a HTML5  standard becomes more and more of a reality for everything online, adobe moves in the same direction by developing tools that would help make complex animations in HTML5 easier that could only be made with FLASH. The new Adobe EDGE software would help facilitate this transition by simplifying the coding conversions and assisting in animations in HTML5. Flash is still going to be the stronger player when it comes to games and videos but HTML5 will be better suited for other simpler tasks. there is some hope that eventually HTML5 will replace Flash, and while Adobe has dumped its mobile support  it will not stand idly by and watch Flash be replaced. Adobe Edge is Adobe’s way of saying “our format might get replaced but we still have the tools for making flash style animation easy in HTML5.” if anything the people who are happy for this will be the Apple community who have famously suffered when flash was not supported for the iOS platform. read more...

Google Support the Use of Flash in a HTML5 Kind of Sense {1}

by ChihWei H
Google Support the Use of Flash in a HTML5 Kind of Sense

Google is providing developers with a tool, Swiffy, that converts Adobe Flash animations to HTML5. At a time when Adobe declare the death of Flash on mobile platforms, Google’s providing developers a tool to easily conversion of the .swf extension to HTML format. As Adobe Flash is still alive and well in the desktop, Google’s tool give developers flexibilities to port their creation to HTML5 so it could be use in mobile platform as well.  Adobe actually has a similar tool called Wallaby, but it’s more light weight when compare to Google’s Swiffy. read more...