On Rendering Engine Consolidation…

Today, Opera made a surprising (to many) announcement that they are replacing their rendering engine with WebKit and their JavaScript engine with V8.

The response to this news by developers has been largely mixed, although those opposed seem to be much more vocal about it on G+ and Twitter.  Perhaps that’s just my impression.

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The 5 Types of Front-End Developers

I haven’t written anything in a while, so here is a silly post to fill in the time gaps.  See if any of these descriptions apply to you or the people you work with, my fellow front-end developer:

Point and Clickers

Point and Clickers are like automobile drivers who don’t have the time, or perhaps the inclination, to change oil or even look under the hood for anything but adding washer fluid.  As such, these developers rarely work with HTML, JavaScript, or CSS.  Instead, they typically rely on code generating tools, such as Dreamweaver to do the dirty work for them.

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Navigating the HTML5 Maze

Ember! Batman! Spine! Knockout! Bootstrap! Boilerplate!  No, this is not the opening sequence to a bad B-list movie from the 1960′s.  It is but a very small sampling of the overwhelming number of HTML5 libraries/frameworks/(insert your own catagorization here) available for use by unsuspecting, bright-eyed developers.  [Note: remember, when I use the term HTML5, it is based on what seems to be the industry accepted use of the term which encompasses HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3]

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One Man’s HTML5 Developer Workflow

We are now squarely in the age of HTML5; or the age of HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3, if you prefer. That being the case, it amazes me that for those poor souls who are new to the world of front-end development, there is little written on what their developer workflow might look like. With them in mind, I am offering up a starting point, based on my own experience and preferences.

EDIT: I just added all of the links mentioned in this article to my Master List of HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS Resources. Be sure to check it out and submit your favorite links.

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They Just Don’t Get the iPhone 4S

After Tuesday’s (Oct 4, 2011) announcement of the iPhone 4S, reporter after reporter, and analyst after analyst, either bashed Apple, or at best, had a lukewarm reaction. One of the few dissenting responses, by David Urban, called it a “game changer“.  While this article concentrated primarily on the phone’s features, most notably, Siri, which he considers revolutionary, my take on Apple’s announcement is much more in line with some of David’s other points.

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