Web Development News January 2009 B

There has been a lot of interesting news from the second half of January. Here are some of the stories that resonated with me:

Dojo 1.4.1 Release Candidate 1

If you use the Dojo framework, then you&rsquot;ll be excited about there new release candidate. I have not seen the spec document yet, but the developers mention FireFox 3.6 support.

http://o.dojotoolkit.org/2010/01/21/1-4-1-release-candidate-1-ready

Google Reader For Any Website

Google reader now has the ability to follow changes on any website, not just RSS feeds.

http://googlereader.blogspot.com/2010/01/follow-changes-to-any-website.html

JavaScript Unpacker

JSBeautifer attempts to revert JavaScript compression and obfuscation, so that you can read code snippets from the web.

http://jsbeautifier.org/

HTML 5 Audio Player Demo

To teach himself a little about HTML 5, Scott Andrew LePera wrote a proof of concept audio player.

http://jszen.blogspot.com/2010/01/html-5-audio-player-demo.html

HTC Performance

This article highlights the performance cons of using an HTC file to fix IE 6. I recommend progressive enhancement over attempting to make IE behave like other browsers, but if you insist on it, then you should read this:

http://www.codingforums.com/archive/index.php/t-63384.html

SVG

I have been seeing a lot of SVG work lately. Here are a few highlights:

http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2010/01/25/what-everybody-ought-to-know-about-using-svg-right-now/

http://www.alistapart.com/articles/using-svg-for-flexible-scalable-and-fun-backgrounds-part-i/

http://www.alistapart.com/articles/using-svg-for-flexible-scalable-and-fun-backgrounds-part-ii/