Posts tagged Web Development

Microsoft Will Silently Upgrade Everyone To Latest Version Of IE

Finally. Although I’d rather Microsoft just upgrade everyone to Chrome.


that will dennis guy: Get Your Website Built for $150

Truth.

willdennis:

…oh and about 2.5 months of your own hard work. Why? Because paying someone to develop a website for you is a rip off and because finding a technical cofounder is a pain in the ass. Stop pitching your idea and start building.

I had zero technical skills prior and here’s how I went about learning Ruby on Rails and CSS. 

Expenses

Expense 1. Purchase Text Mate for $58 (less if you are a student)

Expense 2. Purchase Michael Hartl’s Rails Screencast and PDF Bundle for $95

Resources

First, read this post by Nate Westenheimer about…

Steve’s Last Laugh: Adobe Killing Off Flash For Mobile Devices

The year was 2008. I was at an event focused on mobile, sitting in on a roundtable discussion with several folks from key companies in the industry. One gentleman was from Adobe. The iPhone had launched the previous year, famously without any support for Flash. A lot of folks were up in arms about this — including several at this table. The guy from Adobe assured everyone: mobile Flash would be coming soon. And it was going to be wonderful. The notion that Apple wouldn’t include it on the iPhone because of performance issues was pure hogwash.

The same thing was said in 2009.

The same thing was said in 2010.

The same thing was still being said in 2011.

So you’ll forgive me when I snicker a bit at the news tonight that Adobe plans to cease development of their Flash player for mobile devices. Jason Perlow has the scoop for ZDNet, and it’s a doozy. Here’s the apparent forthcoming announcement from Adobe on the matter:

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.

This announcement, along with talk of a focus on HTML5, should be out in the next day or so, according to Perlow. Yes, Adobe is ending their efforts to get Flash onto mobile devices.

For your reference, here are Steve Jobs original thoughts on flash from April of 2010.

An excerpt:

Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.

The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 250,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.

New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.

Steve Jobs
April, 2010

Google’s Page Speed Service Will Rewrite Your Pages and Make Them Load Faster

Google’s stepping up their quest to make the web faster. Their new Page Speed Service promises to make your site load 25-60% faster by rewriting it on the fly. All you have to do to get started, once it launches, is point your DNS CNAME to ghs.google.com. Google will take care of the rest, they explain: “Now you don’t have to worry about concatenating CSS, compressing images, caching, gzipping resources.”

Learn more and see it in action here.

UPDATE: I ran the test located at the link above and it actually made my page way slower. I guess they’re still working out the kinks.

Google +1 Button Went Live on the Web Today

Google’s +1 button, one of their many forays into the social web, went live today on non-Google sites including Mashable, The Huffington Post, Best Buy, Reuters, and more. Look for this to shake the search results up a bit, especially among those who use Gmail since “+1ing” a search result or page will only promote it in search results to your connections.

Webmasters can add the code to their sites with a simple little tool found here: http://www.google.com/webmasters/+1/button/index.html.  Its no different than adding the Facebook “Like” button to your site, except that its Google’s iteration and can affect organic search results.

I’ve added the Google +1 button and javascript code sitewide to this Tumblr, but it did mess up my theming for some reason including my header logo, divider colors, and icon colors, but after fixing those manually it seems to work. You can see the +1 button on the right column of every post under the Tweet and Facebook “Like” buttons. Expect someone to come up with an easier way to add the Google +1 button to Tumblr.

As a side note, Google tells you:

<!— Place this tag in your head or just before your close body tag —>
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js”></script>

I had more issues with my theme when I put it before the body tag than in the header tag, although both gave me a couple of issues.