Archive for December, 2006

Happy Christmas.

Posted in Ajax Links on December 22, 2006 by Shaun

Blogging is about to become more sporadic as I enter the Christmas shutdown so I want to wish everyone who reads my blog a very happy Christmas and look forward to great things in 2007.

Whatever your faith, however you spend this time of year, I hope you enjoy it.

I’m Shaun Newman & this is my blog 😉

Peace and goodwill to all!


The Ultimate Advent Calendar for Web Developers

Posted in Web Development on December 22, 2006 by Shaun

It’s a bit late I know, and how I missed this until now is frankly beyond me. But here is a superb advent calendar just for web developers. Contributors are the best in the business and the articles are chock full of juicy CSS goodness.

24 ways
to impress your friends

More Details for Visual Studio SP1

Posted in Asp.Net, Atlas, Software Development, Web Development on December 22, 2006 by Shaun

Omar Khan has put together a pretty detailed post over on his MSDN Blog, covering some of what was fixed in SP1 to improve Web development. I was struggling to find any details of the fixes up till now so I figure the more exposure Omar’s post gets, the better it is for us all to see if our issues are fixed in the patch.

One thing I noticed though is that I learned to work around a lot of the issues, I think I’ve experienced almost all of the bugs at some point or another.

If you haven’t applied the patch yet then I suggest you do, it’s not going to be quick but it is going to cure many issues.

Adobe Apollo

Posted in Web Development on December 21, 2006 by Shaun

I’m hearing more and more about Adobe Apollo lately. The concept is web applications on a desktop outside the browser chrome.
Apollo should give us a bridge between the web and the desktop, and allow web developers to use their existing skills and language sets to build rich internet applications than can be installed and run on a windows desktop.

I like it, I like the idea and most of all I like the proposed freedom of not being tied to one technology for either tier of my applications.

It will be interesting if this may bring an end to the development headache of browser compatibility when developing large enterprise applications where the support requirement is as broad as my current project.

There is a load of information on this in the Adobe Labs Apollo site and this presentation really gives a good introduction to Apollo. Obviously Adobe technologies like Flex and Flash are mentioned a lot and take center stage as technologies of choice but support will be provided for Javascript HTML and AJAX too.

Ajaxian also have a few posts covering Apollo, the latest post has a nice demo vid by one of the Adobe Developers.

Yorkshire Airlines.

Posted in Ajax Links on December 19, 2006 by Shaun

Before I get a torrent of abuse this is a bit of self deprecating humor being that I am a Yorkshireman ;0)

RE: Merry DRM-mas

Posted in Ajax Links on December 19, 2006 by Shaun

Dave Shea blogged today about his interesting experience buying a DVD set for someone for Christmas.
His experience highlights one of the possible gotcha’s surrounding the whole debacle of Digital Rights [Mis-]Management. When companies start to put the frighteners on normal law abiding upright citizens, then the whole thing goes wrong.

Here’s a snip from Daves post, read the rest here:

HBO recently produced a fantastic series of historical fiction called Rome, the first season of which is currently out on DVD. I grabbed a box off the shelf with the intention of buying it as a present, and nearly choked on the $90 CDN price tag for 12 episodes. But hey, it’s Christmas, and what better time of year to over-spend on a loved one?

This DVD is copy protected and may be played only on licensed devices.

Then I made a nasty little discovery….

[Via Dave Shea’s mezzoblue]

An Adaptive Layout Technique – from A List Apart

Posted in Web Development on December 19, 2006 by Shaun

If you have never visited A List Apart, then you are nissing out, this is another superb resource that every web developer should guarantee they visit on a regular basis.
The article I want to bring to your attention today is an example of the great stuff you find there. This basically is a discussion on an alternative to fluid CSS layouts that allows us to build pages that appear correctly on all devices. Well worth a read and hopefully as inspiring to you as it is for me.

The introduction of new mobile and computing devices challenges us to look beyond the liquid layout. Marc van den Dobbelsteen offers a way to bring appropriate layouts to a wider range of screens and devices.


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[Via A List Apart]