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At the moment I am working on what I think is a very cool project: a book on HTML 5. 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 Applications and this thing called the iPhone that have all shaken up the way we use the Web. HTML 5 is a new standard that is taking the big picture, long term view of what to do with Web development. The language has been cobbled together by different groups including Google, Apple, Adobe and, ... (more)

WebGL Is Now in FireFox Nightly Builds

Last week I wrote about WebKit including WebGL as part of the development code base. Today, FireFox code base also contains WebGL. WebGL is a technology that allows you to build 3D environments within the CANVAS element. How cool is that? Having a working code base is the first step towards the technology becoming part of the released code. For the record, WebKit is the foundation for Apple's Safari (both desktop and mobile), Google's Chrome and Android browsers and the Pam Pre WebOS. Here is a link to Mozilla Blog that talks about their implementation of WebGL. http://blog.vla... (more)

Will Corporate America Embrace the iPhone?

Will Corporate America Embrace the iPhone? Apple is a “change” company. Look at their track record: Mac II, iMac, iPod and now the iPhone. What has not changed, however, is the view of Apple a company that delivers only consumer based products. Apple simply is not perceived as an Enterprise company. Apple is working to change this perception. It is a slow process but something came along to change the pace: the iPhone. Enterprise Tools coming to the iPhone Apple is looking to “wow” the professional market. For this to be successful, Apple meet certain base criteria. For instance... (more)

Native 3D Support in WebKit Arrives

The latest code for WebKit, the Browser engine that powers Safari, Chrome, Android and WebOS for the Pre, now supports the new WebGL 3D rendering. The standard is based on OpenGL ES 2.0 and is managed by the Krohnos Group who manage OpenGL the 3D engine used by all groups not using DirectX. You can expect Google, Apple and Mozilla to include WebGL into their browsers over the next year. This could be the first serious move to support 3D since VRML in the late '90s. WebGL will be an extension of the feature set in the CANVAS tag. Now is a good time to get to know CANVAS. Here is... (more)

Using Game Salad for Rapid Game Development for the iPhone

Talk to iPhone developers and they will tell you that game development for the iPhone is not hard. OK, that’s great for them, but what about us mere mortals that quake at the thought of having to write code. For us there is now alternative: GameSalad.com GameSalad is two products. The first product is a piece of software you download to your desktop that allows you to build your games. The second is a service you upload your game too and have it converted for your iPhone. The Game Salad Creator The game creation with Game Salad Creator is easy. It’s really just point and click.... (more)