HTML5

StageXL Moves You Easily From ActionScript 3 to HTML5

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So you’re an ActionScript 3 developer creating Flash games, but you can see the writing on the wall. Taking a long view, is it time to move to HTML5? If so, what’s the best approach? Here’s a way you may not have heard of, and it’s open source. Although ActionScript and JavaScript are sort of distant cousins, there is an alternative to having to learn JavaScript: You can learn to program in Dart. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able… continue…

Responsive Web Design: Opportunities and Challenges

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Responsive design is a phrase within Web development that has come to seem more fashionable than useful, but it does have meaning. continue…

Why Developers Should Pay More Attention to Smart TVs

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Amidst all the hype about the stunning features and dynamic technology behind rapidly evolving Smart TVs, one thing seems forgotten: Its ecosystem won’t grow itself. If they want their products to truly succeed, then Panasonic, LG, Samsung and other manufacturers need to do more for developers. UltraHD(4K) is the New 3D The field is fast-paced. FullHD and 3D are already dropping behind UltraHD, which offers four times the resolution of FullHD with technology is similar to Retina Displays, boosting the… continue…

An Outstanding Guide to JavaScript and jQuery

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jQuery is open source at its finest. It’s a fast and small JavaScript library that streamlines things HTML document traversal and manipulation, event handling, animation and Ajax. It offers a simple API that works across browsers. It’s great. But for those of us who’ve used it infrequently over, the documentation isn’t the easiest to work with. Oh, sure, it’s complete and includes a lot of examples, but it usually takes me an hour or two of Web searching to find… continue…

What We Mean When We Talk About HTML5

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One key question weighs on the minds of those considering HTML5 for development projects: “Is it ready?” continue…

Firefox OS Simulator Invites Tinkering

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A beta Firefox OS Simulator lets developers explore an early build of the upcoming mobile operating system. continue…

What Will It Take to Make HTML5 Better for Games?

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The rush to kill off Adobe Flash is premature. Even Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that his company’s “biggest mistake … was betting too much on HTML5 rather than native. ” While Flash isn’t native, it’s generally faster than JavaScript. Although he was of course referring to mobile apps as native code, the principle still applies. Technically the problem is one of horsepower plus the browser getting in the way. The absolutely fastest way to move pixels around on your… continue…

How to Outsource Your Game Development

As a well-paid developer in a country that has seen many jobs travel overseas, you wouldn’t expect me to be a fan of outsourcing, but I am. First, outsourcing doesn’t always mean the work goes offshore and, second, from a business perspective it can make sense. The main driver is the diversity of our global economy. Developers living in countries where it’s far cheaper to live can, via the Internet, easily undercut Western developers, who have considerably higher expenses. Fortunately… continue…

It’s Too Early to Kill Off Adobe Flash

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Developer Peter Zotov has started a campaign to kill Adobe Flash off sooner rather than later. Some of the reasons he gives include hundreds of security holes, the drain on battery life and the exclusion of Flash from most mobile platforms. But his chief complaint is that Adobe can’t protect Flash code. His ability to crack protected or obfuscated Flash on the Flash player lends credibility to the argument. He  challenges anyone to supply protected or obfuscated Flash code that… continue…

Book Review: “Beginning Facebook Apps Development”

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Facebook launched its game platform five years ago and the world of casual browser games has never looked back since then. Most Facebook games are still written in Flash, for example, Farmville and Top Girl, with the remainder being html strategy games without moving parts. But the games world is now starting to say goodbye to Flash and is looking to HTML5 and JavaScript as the future of online games. Facebook author Wayne Graham has released another how-to book that delves… continue…