In this article you will find out why Expression Web is setting a new
standard for Web design and next generation Web Application development.
What is the “gap” Expression Web is filling?
In 2006 Microsoft began releasing a series of designer focused tools. The big
question was: Why? Adobe has the best tools, doesn’t it? There is no doubt
that Adobe’s tools are very good, what is clear, however, is that Microsoft
is taking design seriously for this to be accomplished Microsoft does need
tools that work well with their own tools. An immediate designer’s pain
point for Microsoft is the millions of ASP.NET developers who have only
Visual Studio 2005/2008 to design their Web applications with. If you have
used Visual Studio as a design tool, then you know what I mean.
The focus, for the Expression tools, and specifically Expression Web, is to
deliver the best tool for des... (more)
At the moment I am working on what I think is a very cool project: a book on
There is so much news about HTML 5 that I thought I would use this blog to
kind of pull together some of the emerging features. If you are new to HTML
5, then let me give you the nickel tour.
HTML 4 and XHTML were the last official versions of the HTML language (you
know, that code you view when you right click in the Web browser and choose
"show code"). It has been 12 years since the last upgrade. In that time we
have had AJAX (or Ajax) for Web 2.0, Flash and SilverLight for Rich Internet
HTML 5 is making some things easier to use. The first is the DOCTYPE. Located
at the top of a Web page before the opening BODY tag, the DOCTYPE describes
the syntax for the page. The roots for the DOCTYPE lie in SGML. Bearing this
in mind, all DOCTYPES for HTML 4 and XHTML require a DTD (Document Type
Definition) to describe the content. This is all gone in HTML 5. Now, all you
have to do to declare that you are using HTML 5 as your DOCTYPE is add the
following to the root of your Web page:
That's it. Easy, huh?
It used to be so easy to slam Microsoft. There are the 800lb gorilla with all
the money that have done some shady business deals - but that is very much in
the past. Today Microsoft keeps doing things that make it hard not to like
them. They are going Open Source and being transparent and even making
mistakes (Vista, anyone?) and the 800lb almost appears humble.
Or maybe I need to stop drinking the cool aid.
With that said, there is a very cool tool that MSFT is using to determine
what will be in the next version of Silverlight. Called the "Silverlight
Feature Suggestion" site, y... (more)
It may only be a point release but that doesn't mean that Electric Rain,
makers of the #1 3D modeling software tool for Flash animators hasn't come
out swinging. What you'll find with this new release is a tight focus on the
rendering options in Swift 3D.
Quick Run Down on Swift 3D
First I have to admit I'm partial to Electric Rain's Swift 3D. To me, it has
always been the small product that stood shoulder to shoulder with the likes
of Soft Image, Max and the other big 3D boys. Swift 3D isn't the only Flash
4D design product on the market. It's simple the one outselling its