Category: browsers

  • Augmented Reality on the Web in 2019

    Augmented Reality on the Web in 2019

    James Milner | May 21, 2019

    Augmented Reality (AR) brings digital information or media and interweaves it with our experience of the real-world. In recent years Augmented Reality has become apparent in the consumer space in two major formats: head mounted displays such as the Microsoft HoloLens and the Magic Leap along with more widely available experiences on mobile devices. Here

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  • Browser Automation with Puppeteer

    Umar Hansa | October 4, 2017

    Automating browsers provide many benefits including faster execution of repetitive tasks, ability to parallelise workloads and improved test coverage for your website. Google recently announced Puppeteer, a new tool to assist with Chrome browser automation.

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  • Can Flash Thrive Going Forward?

    Can Flash Thrive Going Forward?

    Dylan Schiemann | March 10, 2010

    The short answer: Yes, if it changes its strategy to one that embraces and augments the open web ecosystem, rather than continuing down the path of trying to compete with or replace it. With the recent anti-Flash, pro-HTML5 buzz caused by the iPad and sites like YouTube offering HTML5-enabled video alternatives, I thought it would

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  • Performance Testing of the Top 100 Sites is Misleading at Best

    Performance Testing of the Top 100 Sites is Misleading at Best

    Dylan Schiemann | January 11, 2010

    Recently, a number of performance tests have been released that are based on the performance of the top 100 web sites such as SpriteMe savings, the IE8 100 top sites test results, or the JSMeter research. These are in direct contrast with tests such as ACID3 which attempt to test the future of the web

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  • Gears is Dead?  Long live Gears!

    Gears is Dead? Long live Gears!

    Dylan Schiemann | December 8, 2009

    It was recently reported that Google Dumps Gears for HTML5. If true, with the investment Google has made in HTML5, Chrome, Chrome OS, and Chrome Frame, this is not surprising, but it does leave a potential short-term gap for offline application development. In their post, Read-Write Web asks if offline access is even necessary any

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  • Why We Love Chrome Frame

    Why We Love Chrome Frame

    Dylan Schiemann | September 22, 2009

    Google today announced Chrome Frame, a plug-in that selectively upgrades Internet Explorer without breaking existing sites. Think of it as working like Flash, but for open web technologies, replacing Internet Explorer’s entire rendering engine for sites that include a single meta tag indicating that they would prefer to use Chrome Frame rather than IE. So

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  • IEeighty6’ed: The Movement

    IEeighty6’ed: The Movement

    Dylan Schiemann | August 14, 2009

    Recently, there’s been an increasing emphasis and enterprise-organized uprising focused on eliminating IE6 from the world as quickly as possible. For the unaware, supporting this outdated browser is expensive and limits our creative abilities when it comes to web development. Mashable has summarized Microsoft’s position that IE6 cannot die until Windows XP dies, even though

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  • Styling Dijit Form Elements

    Mike Wilcox | February 25, 2009

    Dijit has a tremendous wealth of high quality and feature-rich form elements providing key functionality including validation, time calculation, spinner controls, calendars, and much more. Furthermore, Dijit gives you a set of themes to choose from: Tundra, Soria, Noir, and Nihilo.

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  • Platform Optimization Strategies for Ajax Toolkits

    Platform Optimization Strategies for Ajax Toolkits

    Dylan Schiemann | January 22, 2009

    With the proliferation of real web browsers on mobile devices (iPhone, Android, Palm Pre, Nokia), an increasing number of browsers (Chrome) or browser-like platforms (AIR, Titanium, Jaxer), portal standards for widgets and gadgets (Caja, AdSafe, work by the OpenAjax Alliance, and much more), are the days numbered for a JavaScript toolkit that uses the same

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  • The State of File Uploaders

    The State of File Uploaders

    Mike Wilcox | September 11, 2008

    Recently, using the Deft project, I created a multi-file uploader Flash component for DojoX. It uses a typical design pattern—embed a hidden SWF in the web page, and with the ExternalInterface, trigger the FileReference’s browse() method to open a system dialog. Shortly thereafter, it came to my attention that this functionality is to be crippled

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  • String Performance: an Analysis

    Tom Trenka | May 9, 2008

    Recently I was writing a “tips and tricks” blog post that was going to focus on the idea that it is better to use an object as a “string buffer”; the idea was that by passing this object around to various functions and pushing string fragments into it, you can get better performance from a

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  • Flash, Silverlight and the Open Web

    Flash, Silverlight and the Open Web

    Kevin Dangoor | April 3, 2008

    Brad Neuberg, of the Gears team, took a stab at defining the “Open Web”. We at SitePen are very strongly in favor of the Open Web concept, because it’s the Open Web that has gotten us what we have today and will ultimately lead us to the best “web of the future”. I think that

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  • SVG + CSS Animations = Fisheye Fun

    Torrey Rice | March 28, 2008

    Recently Apple delivered Safari 3.1 with some very exciting features. While we still can’t use things like multiple background images and drop shadows across all browsers, we are getting to play with the future and I, for one, am loving it. One of the most interesting things in Safari 3.1 is the (hopefully soon to

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  • Why Apple is Investing in WebKit Performance

    Why Apple is Investing in WebKit Performance

    Kevin Dangoor | March 24, 2008

    Today, I was eating lunch alone at a restaurant and reading some news via my iPhone’s EDGE connection. Suddenly, Surfin’ Safari – Blog Archive » Optimizing Page Loading in the Web Browser made even more sense. Apple has been putting actual dollars into making Safari and the underlying open source WebKit really, really fast. Safari

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  • Some Tools You Might Have Missed

    Some Tools You Might Have Missed

    Torrey Rice | March 6, 2008

    Over the past few years designing and developing I’ve come to rely on a number of tools. Most of these are obvious like Photoshop and Firebug, however I’ve come to realize that a few tools I use aren’t as well known.

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  • Adobe Engages SitePen to Make Dojo Toolkit Compatible with Adobe AIR

    Adobe Engages SitePen to Make Dojo Toolkit Compatible with Adobe AIR

    Dylan Schiemann | February 29, 2008

    While the media has beat us to the punch with countless “on AIR” puns (and the list of companies using the word air grows), we completed work to make the Dojo Toolkit compatible with Adobe AIR in time for its recent launch. What is AIR? It’s a platform for web app deployment that’s somewhat similar

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  • Standards and Recommendations

    Standards and Recommendations

    Dylan Schiemann | December 19, 2007

    In response to recent articles by Andy Clarke and David Baron, Alex recently said that the W3C cannot save us. The most significant point being made is that you cannot standardize the future, and you should not punish those who attempt to push the envelope through experimentation and invention. In the late 90s, there was

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  • An Android without Gears?

    Jason Cline | November 12, 2007

    Google released the first preview of Android today. It is chock full of features and a great emulator, but there was one interesting omission. Beyond what has been covered elsewhere, there are many attention grabbing features for mobile app developers: XMPP in the application stack, giving applications access to low-latency event driven messaging Location data

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  • Clue++: The IE Team Stops Treating Their Customers Like Criminals

    Clue++: The IE Team Stops Treating Their Customers Like Criminals

    Alex Russell | October 5, 2007

    I can only imagine what kind of a political nightmare it must have been for the IE team to pull this off, but they deserve praise for finally liberating their browser from the clutches WGA (whose “advantage” has always been unclear). When it became clear that IE 7 was going to be tied to WGA

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