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IE8 – standards compliant?… ‘My Arse!’

Posted in General Blah!, Web Development on February 6, 2008 by Shaun

I read an article over on A List apart today regarding Microsoft’s proposed fix for the internet because they broke it when IE7 came out.  I respect all the authors on that site but I have to say that this article just got my blood boiling and left me feeling disappointed and let down by Microsoft yet again.

Just to recap, if you aren’t already aware, Microsoft claim the web broke when IE7 came out because web pages failed.  Here’s a news flash for Microsoft: the web was fine it’s your damn non compliant ‘re-write the rules our way’ browser that broke!
I am seriously getting sick to the back teeth of Microsoft, I liked to think of myself as not entirely anti-Microsoft having actually developed one of their products in a past job but seriously they take the biscuit.

What has me so annoyed this time is their proposed ‘fix’ to ensure IE8 is standards compliant and to avoid breaking web pages.  What is this magical solution?  adherence to the standards already defined by the W3C? Well sort of but you’ll need to use a new meta tag to target particular browsers and versions of those browsers to get your page to render properly like so:

<meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=8;FF=3″ />

Those of you on the same page as me here will already be thinking about the horrors of browser sniffing.  In a world where we have compliant browsers rendering pages just fine thank you without the aid of a cobbled together safety net, Firefox, Opera and Safari anyone?, we can but wonder why the hell Microsoft are so intent on making it our problem to ‘fix’ our web sites so they render on their browser.

Well stuff that for a game of soldiers how about making IE8 fully compliant and adding the option for a switch for those who need to dial down the standards instead?  If this is progress them I’m afraid Microsoft have once again lost the plot.

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Now that’s what I call a revolution

Posted in Ajax Links, Web Development on January 24, 2008 by Shaun

I never really liked the term Web 2.0 mainly because the revolutionary web 2.0 has been all repackaging of old technologies, never ending JavaScript Libraries all diong a slightly different thing to the last big thing and shiny glass graphics with reflections… Until Now!

As you know, I’m a fan of Aptana for Javascript development, I’ve moved to netbeans for Ruby and Java development but Aptana is still leagues ahead of everything else for Javascript based web development. Well the guy’s at Aptana have just released what could be considered the killer application of 2008 and I think the revolution is about to begin.

I introduce you to Jaxer Jaxer is the worlds first true Ajax server and quite simply it is amazing.  As a good friend said to me yesterday, ‘this, my friend, is the future’.

I want to give you loads of detail here but to be honest it would only be a case of re-inventing the wheel, so go on over to the Jaxer web site and check it out.

What!  you’re still reading this… get lost already! ;0)

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Balancing the view.

Posted in Java, Software Development, Web Development on December 13, 2007 by Shaun

While I like Netbeans 6 and personally I am really happy with it having moved from Eclipse, there is, as always, a flip side to every coin so in the interests of balancing things, this post on the Java tutorials weblog is asking for votes to bring back the Beans Module that is missing from Netbeans 6.

There are some interesting comments made as people place their vote and I’d say the vote is overwhelming and we should be seeing the bean module in the upcoming update to NB6.

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Adobe AIR Branding about to stabilise

Posted in Web Development on December 7, 2007 by Shaun

Adobe AIR is an exciting piece of technology that has all the ingredients needed to enable some really dynamic and creative solutions in the coming months.  I’m getting sick of all the Web 2.0, 2.5 3.0 Desktop 2.0 bollox that gets spouted about these days.
It’s all progress that’s all, web 2.0 is just a re-branding and opening up of technologies that have been around for years anyway.

Ah but I rant and the purpose of this post was to show the new logo for Adobe AIR – an exciting new technology that has all the ingredients needed to enable some really dynamic and creative solutions in the coming months and years :0)

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NetBeans 6 goes live

Posted in Java, Rails, Software Development, Web Development on December 5, 2007 by Shaun

NetBeans 6 has finally reached the full release version and is available for download today.

I’ve said before that NetBeans 6 is an important release for the NetBeans team and I believe it is one of (if not the) best IDE’s available for Java, Ruby and Ruby on Rails amongst others like the upcoming JavaFX.

Reasons why I like NetBeans 6:

  • The UI is polished and extremely useable.
  • The plugin interface is much better than the one in Eclipse.
  • Getting the latest version is a very simple excercise and there are not 50 different versions to have to decide from. (try looking for the WTP edition of Eclipse for example).
  • It has a much better way of managing application settings – more like a normal app not one set per workspace.
  • The files you work on are much easier to organise.
  • Java, JavaFX, Ruby and Ruby on Rails apps can be developed in this IDE out of the box and the IDE does a very very impressive job of making your life easy.
  • The IDE is really customizable and the settings menu is easy to navigate.

As you may have guessed I have been using Eclipse and I have found NetBeans so much better.  There’s a handy plugin that will convert Eclipse apps over to netbeans – just in case you are worried about switching ;0)

Picture taken from NetBeans anouncement Email

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netbeans 6 now up to RC2

Posted in Software Development, Web Development on November 27, 2007 by Shaun

The releases are coming thick and fast and a recent survey amongst beta testers shows that it is over 90% of the way there.  i expect the full release soon.  As I mentioned previously this is an amazing IDE.

Also check out this nice graphic guide to rails on netbeans which is on the edgy developments blog.

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Visual Studio 2008 released.

Posted in Software Development, Web Development on November 20, 2007 by Shaun

For some reason I was expecting to write this post a lot later in the year and possibly even next year, but here it is.  Visual Studio 2008 and the .Net Framework 3.5 has officially been released.  Scott Guthrie has all the details on his blog here.

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