Industry News & Resources

  • Apr

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  • Jan

    groovecoder: Packaged HTML5 Apps: Are we emulating failure?

    ‘When we discussed Sencha’s Fastbook app on the mozilla.engagement.developers list Robert pointed out that Sencha compared their HTML5 app running in mobile web browser to Facebook’s HTML5 app running in an iOS WebView – the way Sencha & PhoneGap packaged HTML5 apps actually run. It’s widely discussed, as we did with Fastbook, that HTML5 apps perform worse in iOS UIWebView than iOS Safari. There are similar stories about Android WebView performance, and Tulsa Web Dev and HTML5 PhoneGap developer Rod just posted a similar performance-related anecdote about BlackBerry WebWorks.’

    ‘That made me think, “PhoneGap is just that – a stop-gap.” … “we should drop this whole PhoneGap App nonsense and go (back) to mobile web at simple URL’s”‘

  • Jan

    Never Having to Leave DevTools

    “Check out this short video by Remy Sharp showing us how you can use Chrome DevTools as a code editor. Literally edit JavaScript and save it back to disk without ever leaving the browser.”

  • Jan

    Ubuntus Quixotic Mobile War: HTML5 – Not Linux – Is The Key

    “Making the Web a first-class citizen on mobile devices? That would be a Very Big Deal, and it’s one that Canonical has already started to deliver on, as Shuttleworth rightly notes. It’s a potentially winning strategy because it’s disruptive.

    Shuttleworth stresses that being late to the mobile party is a virtue, but I can’t agree. Except…he might be right insofar as HTML5 is concerned. Ubuntu’s tardiness has allowed HTML5 to mature. For the first time, HTML5 job postings, which look to bloom beyond Android and iOS jobs, are about to surpass Flash developer job postings.”

  • Dec

    Netflix bill passes Senate, users are one step closer to sharing straight to Facebook

    “A bill that would make it easier for consumers to share information about their digital viewing habits has successfully passed the US Senate, reports All Things D. The bill was just passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, and would give Netflix users in the US the ability to frictionlessly share the movies and TV shows that they\u2019re watching directly to their Facebook accounts. That\u2019s something that users in Canada and Latin America have been able to do for some time, but it currently remains illegal under the Video Privacy Protection Act, which requires written consent for the information to be shared.”

  • Dec

    A Backbone Skeleton App

    “It took me some time to get an optimal code/directory layout for Backbone.js apps.
    Because I think this is a major pain for beginners, I prepared a well commented sample skeleton app.
    Get it from Github while it’s hot, pull requests/feedback are welcome.”

  • Dec

    Announcing the HTML5 is Ready App Contest

    “Together, we can destroy any lingering doubts that HTML5 is not ready, and prove that 2013 will be the year of the HTML5 app. We got the party started with the announcement of our Fastbook proof of concept app, and all the ensuing hoopla. Now it is your turn. We’re thrilled to announce our HTML5 is Ready App Contest!

    The contest is simple: start with one of the six categories (based on default native apps found on most devices), get coding with HTML5 and Sencha, and take the basic native functionality above and beyond, to somewhere amazing that shows the app dev power of HTML5. We’re looking for the coolest, most innovative and elegant apps, and we’re giving away over $20k in cash and devices as prizes.”

  • Dec

    VP9 and Opus land in Chrome

    “Chromium updated the libvpx library to include support for an early version of the VP9 decoder, the successor of the VP8 codec that’s currently used by WebM. Furthermore, though still behind a flag (also available in about:flags), WebM files containing audio streams using the Opus codec are now supported as well.”

  • Dec

    Developer suggests that Facebook was the problem with Facebooks app, not HTML5 | The Verge

    “When Mark Zuckerberg said that “the biggest mistake we made as a company was betting too much on HTML5 instead of native,” web tool developer Sencha set out to disprove his claims. To demonstrate the power of HTML5, Sencha created its own version of Facebook, dubbed Fastbook, as a proof of concept. As demonstrated below, using the mobile HTML5 site through Safari or the stock Android browser seems just as fast as the official iOS and Android apps, but the web version performs better in terms of loading new information from within the main Timeline and when switching between different sections.”

  • Dec

    YUIConf 2012 Talk: Douglas Crockford on Monads and Gonads Evening Keynote

    “In this evening keynote from YUIConf 2012, the legendary JavaScript architect Douglas Crockford discusses one of the most elusive of all programming concepts: the monad. With this talk, Crockford attempts to break the long-standing Monad tutorial curse by explaining the concept and applications of monads in a way that is actually understandable to the audience.”

HTML5 Video Content Repositories

Wikimedia Commons – A database of 6,251,355 (and counting) freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.  Check it out:

Public Videos – a repository of open, original, high-quality, and royalty-free video footage that are released or waiting-to-be-released into the commons as public domain with the help of the website users.  Check it out: – short for Public Access Digital Media Archive – is an online archive of densely text-annotated video material, primarily footage and not finished films. The entire collection is searchable and viewable online, and is free to download for non- commercial use.  Check it out: — Metavid is a community driven archive of legislative video from both houses of the U.S. Congress, spanning from early 2006 to the present. The archive is searchable by speaker name, spoken text, date, metadata scraped from outside sources and user contributions. Check out

What is HTML5?

HTML5 is a set of web standards being developed by the “Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group” (WHATWG). As of December 2009 all major browser vendors have participated to some degree in the standard’s process. The HTML5 standards process outlines many new features for more dynamic web applications and interfaces. One such component being specified and implemented is the video element.

The HTML5 video element is presently supported by Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome comprising about 33% of the overall browser market. The HTML5 video standard is also supported in mobile devices such as Apple’s iPhone and version 2 of the Google Android platform. Both of these popular mobile platforms don’t support Flash plugins and subsequently the video tag is the exclusive mechanism to distributed video in these mobile HTML browsers.